"This Is Just The Beginning For Me": An Interview With America's Next Top Model 4's Rebeccaby Phil Kural -- 04/15/2005
Rebecca and Tiffany were eliminated on the seventh episode this season of America's Next Top Model. In this interview, Rebecca touches on subjects like how she was edited, what kind of advice she was given by the judges and what she is up to now. Guess what? She's a newlywed!
RealityNewsOnline: Let me get right to the point -- what was going through your mind when Tyra flipped on Tiffany?
Rebecca:The question of the day! Well, after we were eliminated, we were hugging the other girls, and me being the crying fool that I am, didn't even notice the way Tiffany was acting. We were called back up, and you and I both saw the same thing. Tyra went on her spiel about Tiffany, and myself and the other girls were shocked. Nobody had seen Tyra act that way. We had always seen her as kind and caring, so it definitely freaked me out when she flipped like that.
RNO: Do you think that when she saw how much you wanted to be in the competition, and how Tiffany blew the whole thing off, you were going to get to stay?
Rebecca: You know, there is always a glimmer of hope, and for a quick second, I thought that maybe since she saw how much I wanted to be there, I would get another chance. However, I had a reality check and realized it was my time to go.
RNO: What was your motivation for trying out for the show and did you go to an open call or send in a video?
Rebecca: Oh, you don't even understand the half of it. I did it all! I sent in tapes and did open calls. I first applied for season two, and made it to LA, but wasn't picked for the finals. When it was time for season three, I sent in a tape, and got to one call back. Finally, I went to an open call for season four and made it all the way to the finals. So this was a long time coming for me!
RNO: Many complaints that I heard about you on the show dealt with you not being very memorable. Do you feel you were shown enough on the show?
Rebecca: Actually, I was very happy with the way I was edited, and felt like I got a good deal of airtime. I just don't think I was edgy and sexy enough for the show.
RNO: Did you ever say anything to Brittany about when she was dancing on tables? It seemed to really bother you.
Rebecca: No, I never said anything to her. I mean, she tried to pull me up to dance on the table, but I told her that if I wanted to dance on the table, I'd dance on the table. However, I didn't want to get involved with all that, and chose to just keep to myself at that moment.
RNO: You had mentioned at the beginning of the episode that all the girls that you roomed with were being eliminated. Were you the last in that room to go?
Rebecca: Well, Tatiana and I were the only two left in that room. Noelle, Lluvy and Sarah were all in there with us. Maybe it was just the luck of the draw, but that room was fading fast.
RNO:Did you get married yet or are you still engaged?
Rebecca: Yes, I got married in January, on our one year anniversary of our engagement. It was a small ceremony, with some family and friends, and I got to walk down a little aisle. Everything was perfect and I'm very happy.
RNO: One of the most dramatic things that happened this season was when you collapsed at the elimination ceremony. Have things been okay, and do you find people are worrying about you for no reason?
Rebecca: Things have been fine since then. I'm on a medication now, so I won't be collapsing anymore. I just don't think people understood the situation at the time. Everyone was fine though once they calmed down. I'm glad that everyone was there for me though. All the girls helped me, and Tyra was right there to hold my hand and wipe away my tears.
RNO: I'm sure none of the girls knew that two of you were going to be eliminated. When you were standing in front of Tyra with Tiffany, did you think you would be the one going home?
Rebecca: Yeah, I thought it was me, simply because I was standing right there in the final two at the last elimination ceremony, for the same exact reason. Plus, Tiffany was great. She had amazing pictures, and I just couldn't be this sexy edgy girl they were looking for.
RNO: Your biggest criticism from the judges was that you are consistently "safe." Were you ever told how to break out of that mold?
Rebecca: There is really only so much the judges can do. They gave me some advice, but it was up to me to pull through and get down the look that they wanted. I feel good that they gave me as much feedback as they possibly could though.
RNO: Were you uncomfortable posing with the male model, or was it edited out of context, since you do know in the "real world" you would have to model with guys, right?
Rebecca: I think it was exaggerated a little, but I was nervous, and there were other things going on that I don't really want to talk about. But when you are on TV in your underwear, and there's a guy in his underwear too, it's a little scary. I'm okay with everything now, though.
RNO: Do you consider being on ANTM the jumpstart for your modeling career or the high point?
Rebecca: Oh, this is just the beginning for me! I hope that it's a jumpstart to really get into modeling once the show is over. I can't wait to do it without the cameras always following me around and all.
RNO: Is there anything besides modeling you aspire to do?
Rebecca: Honestly, no. I've always wanted to do this, and even took a break from school so that I could get into this business. This is my dream.
RNO:Have you spoken to Tiffany since you have been off the show, and is she doing better now?
Rebecca: I only got to speak with her briefly for a few seconds, on what I think was Inside Edition. She seemed like she was doing well, she's such a great person and I think she's doing very well.
RNO:What's the one thing about Rebecca that we didn't get to see on the show?
Rebecca: You didn't get to see how much fun Kahlen and I were always having together. We had peanut butter fights and everything. I think we may have come across as too serious at times, but what can you do? I had a blast on the show!
RNO: Thanks, Rebecca!
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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