"At the Final 14, Everyone Became a Diva!" Ė An Interview with Americaís Next Top Model 3ís Julieby Phil Kural -- 10/11/2004
I have to admit, when I previewed the girls before the season started, I thought Julie was going to be a bitch. Not the case Ė in fact, she ended up being one of the most fun, real girls of the bunch. Very easy to talk to, Julie had no problem dishing the dirt on how all the girls changed, how she pretty much knew she was the one going home, and whether or not she would do it all again.
RealityNewsOnline: I have to know, do you regret saying you wanted to get into manufacturing?
Julie: No, not at all. You know what? I was honest with myself and I said what I would have said in any other situation. Of course, it was chopped up on the editing floor, but there isnít anything that I said that I would have taken back. They made it look like I didnít want to be a model at all, and that wasnít the case.
RNO: Did you ever want to be a model in the first place, or were you just using the show as a platform to pursue something else?
Julie: I do enjoy modeling, and definitely wanted to start my career in modeling. However, I donít think there is anything wrong with wanting to expand after that, and thatís what I wanted to do. I could always go back and forth with modeling and something else Ė Tyra and Janice are doing it now!
RNO: You came across as one of the most ďrealĒ girls. Was that your intention?
Julie: That definitely was my intention. I wore sweats and people were calling me saying, ďI canít believe you wore sweats on national TV.Ē Well, thatís me! I wasnít going to punish myself or be embarrassed Ė Iím very comfortable with who I am, and Iíd be uncomfortable being anyone but myself.
RNO: If you had the choice and knew what you did now about the whole process of the show, would you apply again?
Julie: You know, Iím really not sure if I would do it again or not. One time might have been good enough. It was a great experience, but Iím not so sure I could deal with the havoc all over again.
RNO: What was your favorite part of the whole experience?
Julie: Definitely going to Jamaica. Also though, I loved going to the party and meeting all those top designers in the business. Really, the whole experience was just a blessing that Iím glad I got to experience.
RNO: From what you saw, was Amanda changing from the whole experience?
Julie: No, not really. The thing was, all the girls in the final 14 turned into a diva, excluding myself of course, ha ha! It was just funny that everyone got offensive on Amanda when she made that funny pose after her hair was done. I mean, there was no reason for her to go all Zoolander in the salon. She was just trying to be cute, but came off conceited and corny.
RNO: In your own opinion, would you say that Cassie had an eating disorder that needed to be fixed?
Julie: No, not at all. The whole thing was blown way out of proportion. She told Amanda and I that, years back, she would eat something, feel sick, and throw it up later. She couldnít even remember the last time that she did it! I know girls that do have eating disorders and itís not something to laugh at. Amanda didnít have an eating disorder, it was just edited that way, and some of the girls just took it too far.
RNO: What did your family think about your time on the show?
Julie: My mom wasnít thrilled with me being on the show at first, but, once it began, she became very excited and actually started to keep a scrap book every time I turned up in a magazine, newspaper or whatever!
RNO: Did you think you were going to be cut? If not, who did you think was going?
Julie: Oh yeah, I knew it was going to be either myself or Kelle, and when it was the two of us left, I had a gut feeling that it was going to be me. I just didnít like that they got rid of me for saying I wanted to be in manufacturing. I wanted to be a model too, and just because Kelle had this ultimate dream of being a model one day, it was me that ended up getting cut.
RNO: Which of the girls seemed the most ďdrama freeĒ to you?
Julie: Wow, thatís pretty tough and Iím not really sure. Cassie kept to herself most of the time, and I actually respected that about her. Jennipher was so funny, and stayed pretty drama free as well. Kristi and Nicole managed to stay out of any drama whatsoever!
RNO: Is there anything about yourself that you learned from this whole experience?
Julie: The one thing I really learned was a sense of self. I realized that in order to be happy, I have to be true to myself first. Besides, how am I supposed to be happy unless if I donít act like anyone but myself!
RNO: You said several times that you were trying to represent Indian women. Do you feel that you did that properly?
Julie: Iím not really sure about that one either. I was there to break a mold and show that Indian women can do more than what people stereotype them to do. I think I did that. I completed my first goal, and that was to show people what Iím capable of. Many of my friends called and asked if my parents disowned me because of the whole thing, and I had to tell them no Ė they knew I wanted to do this and supported me in my decision.
RNO: Whatís the one thing that you werenít able to portray on camera that you wish you would have?
Julie: I really wish they would have showed more of my humor. That time at the party when I imitated my mom was not the first time I did that. Thank goodness my mom was a good sport about it all. She tried to tell me, ďI donít talk like that!Ē but I had to inform her that she really does, ha ha!
RNO: Do you plan on continuing to try to make it in the modeling industry or are you moving on?
Julie: Yes, I definitely plan to try to continue modeling. Iím young enough to still do it and definitely think I have an advantage over many other models, especially the other girls that were on the show. Every one of those girls itís easy to say that, ďOh, Iíve seen someone that looks like her before.Ē Itís not that way with me Ė I think Iím unique looking and still have a chance to make it in the industry.
RNO: Is there anything you would like to say or add to your fans or fans of the show? Maybe something funny we didnít get to see?
Julie: To all my fans and fans of the show Ė thank you so much for all the support that you have given to me and the show in general. I kept it real by staying Indian, and hopefully this wonít be the last time you see or hear from me!
RNO: Thanks again, Julie!
Phil Kural is a recent graduate from Temple University, with a degree in journalism. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback that you may have.
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