"The Judges and I Had a Lot of Mixed Communication" - An Interview with America's Next Top Model's Jennipherby Phil Kural -- 10/25/2004
One thing must be said, and that would be that Jennipher has spunk. Even in my interview with her, she showed the personality that the judges were begging her to show in her photos. Find out what she thought about the cattiness from some of the girls, if her dreams of moving form Idaho are still in the future, and just how was able to write so legibly on her butt!
RNO: I know the judges kept saying that it looked like you didn't want to be there, so I have to ask you now, do you really want to be here doing this interview?
Jennipher: Haha, I guess not! Well, at least not this early, but that's how it goes!
RNO: Did you ever feel that being a small town girl would hinder you in this competition, since you didn't have as much "worldliness" as the other girls, and especially since all the judges kept bringing it up?
Jennipher:Yes, I do think it hindered me a little, but not to the point where it was a factor in why I was eliminated. Just for the fact that I didn't get out as much as some of the other girls, so yeah, maybe it hindered me a little.
RNO: Were you starting to feel like all the judges were against you after Kristi was sent home?
Jennipher: Yes, I do think they were a little against me. It felt like I was being constantly harped on for every little thing. Honestly, I think the absolute best I could have done was not good enough.
RNO: Before Kristi was eliminated, and the two of you were standing before the judges, did you think you were the one that was going to be sent home?
Jennipher: No, I pretty much knew it wasn't my time at that point. I was crying because I was pissed off and had no idea why I was standing there with Kristi, except for the fact that I wrote ANTM on my behind. Kristi knew it was going to be her.
RNO: Since we're on the topic, how exactly were you able to write ANTM across your butt so legibly?
Jennipher: Haha! I actually had some help from Yaya. It was supposed to be a joke because the judges kept telling me to show some personality, so I wanted to do something funny since my butt was already hanging out of the dress. It didn't go over as I planned.
RNO: Back when I interviewed Leah, she told me to keep an eye on you because you were definitely one to shake things up. Was that your intention?
Jennipher: Probably. I mean, I knew I wasn't going to be catty, like some of the other girls, and I wanted to show some spunk and personality - I'm usually one to shake things up anyway!
RNO: After you had that little argument with Ann and Eva, did things ever blow over between the three of you?
Jennipher: Yeah, it blew over for the most part. Ann and I did have a talk, which never showed, and we squared everything away. As far as Eva, she kept her comments to herself and I kept mine to myself, and that's as far as I got with her.
RNO: Of the shoots you were able to participate in, which was your favorite and why?
Jennipher: That would definitely be the shot in Jamaica simply for the fact that I had never left the country, and it was a totally new experience that I hadn't even dreamed of. Plus, the shoot on the rocks and the background made the whole thing look gorgeous.
RNO: Which of the girls that were eliminated before you did you miss the most?
Jennipher: That would definitely be Leah. We bonded early on and became good friends, so I was pretty sad that she was eliminated early. We're moving to New York together after the show is over, so I'll get to see a lot more of her soon!
RNO: Do you feel that it's fair to have a guest judge, since they only get to know you over the course of one shoot, yet still have a hand in your elimination?
Jennipher: In a way, it's fair because they aren't trying to blame you for the same things every week and add a new perspective to things. In another way, I do think it's unfair because they have nothing to compare you to and have no idea if you are improving or not, so I guess it's a double edged sword.
RNO: Thus far, in your opinion, which of the girls has had the most progress to date?
Jennipher: That would be Norelle. I don't think anyone expected her to do as well as she is. Once the braces came off, she became a real contender, and it helped her with her self-esteem as well, which definitely helped her progress.
RNO: It seemed like some of the other girls were beginning to become Divas. Do you think your personality changed during the show, or did you pretty much remain the same throughout the whole experience?
Jennipher: I think it was just the whole 'being on TV' thing. Actually, I think I was more laid back than I normally am. You only got to see half of how crazy I can really be, so I guess only half my Diva came out.
RNO: So, are you still going to try and make it in the modeling industry or is it time to move onto bigger and better things?
Jennipher: Yup, I'm still going to do modeling. Like I said, I'm moving to New York after the show is over, and hopefully I'll meet with a few agencies and someone will sign me. Wish me luck!
RNO: Had your final photo shoot not been done on roller skates, do you think you would have been able to pull off the poses and remain in the competition?
Jennipher: Honestly, the roller skates had nothing to do with me being eliminated. In fact, I had that part down! Actually, Jay was telling me how well I was doing, and so was the photographer. Then, at the elimination ceremony, he said I was the roughest to work with. There was a lot of miscommunication between Jay, the photographer and I.
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add, clear up or maybe inform us about that wasn't shown during the show?
Jennipher: The only thing I want to say was that the judges thought I was taking the competition as a joke when I put ANTM on my butt. It was just a stunt to show them that I had some personality, and they took that as "I don't want to be here." Oh well though, that's life, and I'll still make it!
Phil Kural is a recent graduate from Temple University, with a degree in journalism. You can reach him at email@example.com with any feedback that you may have.
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