"Some Doors Actually Closed for Me" - An Interview with America's Next Top Model 4's Britaby Phil Kural -- 03/11/2005
I love interviewing the first three or four girls eliminated from the show. They are the girls that aren't scared to tell the truth and call it like they saw it, since they didn't get so emotionally involved in the show. Brita was no exception. In this interview, she tells me how she thinks she might have been set up, what she should have done to stick around and what sentence she is dying to hear.
RNO: Let's start out with the obvious: You know you were robbed right?
Brita: Haha, yes, I do know that! Thank you!
RNO: Did you think that it was going to be Brandy going home when the two of you stepped in front of Tyra?
Brita: Nope, I totally knew it was going to be me. I've worked in the modeling business before and I know that this show is all about shock value. Of course, they led you to believe that it was going to be Brandy, and then off I go. I've worked in entertainment too, and knew that I was the one going home.
RNO: Do you think the other girls were shocked to see you going home first? Especially before Brandy?
Brita: Oh, I know for a fact that some of them were shocked that I was sent home. Some of them told me how beautiful I was and they couldn't believe it. However, I told them that I would be going home that night -- from the second I saw the picture of me that they chose to show to the panel. That was NOT my best shot, and in fact, it was probably my worst. Odd, huh?
RNO: Why did you decide to try out for the show in the first place? What did you do in your audition video?
Brita: I actually didn't send in a video, I went to one of the open call auditions since my boyfriend really wanted me too, and I had modeled in the past. There were so many girls there when I arrived that I was about to leave, but asked one of the casting people to take a quick Polaroid of me. They rushed me to the front of the line and interviewed me right there, and I ended up on the show, so I guess I had something they were looking for!
RNO: You said that you had recently gained ten pounds, right before you were weighed. How did that happen?
Brita: It's very strange because I'm very odd when it comes to dieting. I actually had the flu, and yes, I know the flu doesn't make you gain weight, but I use sickness as an excuse to eat. I was actually sick for the first week of taping for the show, but of course, that wasn't shown. If they had given me another week, I would have lost the weight, I mean, it's gone now, I was just a little sick at the time so I ate!
RNO: Were you ever given a reason for your elimination?
Brita: No, not really. I was told that I'm not photogenic, but I don't really buy that one. I have been modeling for years, and I have a portfolio and all. All the pictures in my book are better than the ones they took on the show. I don't understand how they could say I'm not photogenic. Then why even choose me?
RNO: Were the judges harder or softer than you thought they would be? Who seemed to give the best advice?
Brita: The thing is -- none of them gave me any advice! I asked if I could move during the photo shoot and they told me no, then criticized me for not moving enough during the shoot. What kind of advice is that?
RNO: While you were modeling, could you hear Nole' calling you a side of beef?
Brita: That's what I was just talking about. I specifically asked Nole' if I could move because I know I have muscular calves. He told me no, and then went on to criticize me and call me a side of beef. The worst part is that they used that same picture in front of the judges. All of my other frames were better than that one. I think they picked up on the fact that I have worked in the business before and knew I wasn't there to cause drama, so they wanted me gone.
RNO: When you were eliminated, you said that you were starting to regret the experience. Was that emotion speaking, or do you still feel that way?
Brita: I do still regret it, in a way. I mean, I got pissed off that I was eliminated first, and knew I did better than the picture that they showed of me. Most girls are going to have doors opened up for them because of the show, but some doors actually closed for me. First, my age was revealed, and this business is very dependant on age. Second, I can't work right now since I'm under contract and there are jobs out there that I have been contacted about.
RNO: You have said several times that you worked in the business before. What do you mean by that?
Brita: I have modeled in the past, I've done acting and I've worked in entertainment. I know how reality television works -- they want people that will cause drama, and that wasn't me. I've taken classes before, and I know what people look for. I saw this show as a job before I saw it as a TV show. I don't want to be a reality TV star. That's another reason they may have let me go so soon.
RNO: Is there anyone specific you are rooting for now that you are eliminated?
Brita: No, not really, since I don't really know what happens yet. I got along with the other girls and didn't get involved in the drama. I think they were looking for people to mold, and when they saw that I wasn't able to be molded, it was easy to cut me.
RNO: Looking back, do you think there is anything you could have done differently to stick around longer?
Brita: Well, I could have been over the top and done more acting, but that's just not me, so I guess there wasn't anything I could have done.
RNO: If you were a judge, who would you have eliminated first?
Brita: That's hard to say since I don't really know where all the other girls are coming from. Like Brandy -- I didn't even see all that drama she was having, so it's unfair for me to say who should have been eliminated first. Based on the pictures they showed the judges, I was definitely the right girl!
RNO: What are your plans now? Where do you plan to go from here?
Brita: I'm just waiting for the produces to say to me "Okay, you can go back to work," since my phone has been ringing off the hook with jobs from my old agency. I can't wait to start modeling again.
RNO: My last question isn't really a question, but more of a comment. Like I said during my first question, you were robbed! You looked fabulous!
Brita: Aww, thank you so much, that means a lot!
RNO: Thanks, Brita!
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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