"I Thought My Personality Would Carry Me Further" Ė An Interview with America's Next Top Model 7's Meggby Phil Kural -- 10/16/2006
Iíd be lying if I said that Megg didnít totally annoy me on the show. If I heard her yell or scream ďrock and rollĒ one more time I was going to throw a shoe at my TV! That being said, Megg was probably one of the most fun interviews Iíve ever done. She was fun, honest, and to the point. I wish now we had seen more of her on the show, rather than just her being crazy! Read on to see what Megg had to say about her experience.
RealityNewOnline: Hey, Megg! Thanks for taking time to talk with me today? Did you watch previous seasons of the show and what factored into your decision to apply?
Megg: I barely saw the show before, but friends and family of mine kept telling me that I should apply for the show. It never really crossed my mind again, but I was discovered on MySpace by someone that works for the show. They convinced me to try out for the show and I made it all the way to the house! It was crazy!
RNO: How many times a day do you say ďRock and RollĒ?
Megg: Ha! I say it a lot, actually. Itís my thing, itís what I say! It keeps me upbeat, and whenever I would start to feel down in the house, I would just yell out: ďRock and Roll!Ē It just kept me happy to be there.
RNO: What did you think of J. Alexanderís impersonation of you?
Megg: I thought it was so coolÖ he nailed it!
RNO: Do you feel that your best photo from the ďBearded LadyĒ photo shoot was chosen?
Megg: You know, Iím not really sure. Iíd like to say yes, since I would hope that they really do pick the best pictures for each of us during the photo shoots, but it was very bland. Maybe notÖ I really donít know.
RNO: Most of the first three episodes focused on the attitude of Monique, but now that sheís gone, itís focusing on the attitude of Melrose. Was Melrose just as bad as Monique the whole time?
Megg: Well, the thing was, Melrose antagonized Monique most of the time, so when they were together, it was terrible. They were very different though. Monique was totally crazy. We were actually scared of her! Melrose was just a know-it-all. She was more annoying than crazy.
RNO: Do you feel that Anchal is playing up her insecurities for the camera, or did you feel that she was being genuine about her past experiences?
Megg: I really do think it was genuine. Itís rough when you are told something your whole life, especially when you are a kid, that when you grow out of it, itís hard to believe when people pay you some compliments. I think Anchal really was upset by the things that people said.
RNO: Before this photo shoot, it never seemed as if you were in terrible danger of being sent home. Did you have any idea over the past few eliminations that you might have been on thin ice?
Megg: No, not at all! I know that I had some eye and mouth problems in some of my photos, but you never really know where you stand with the judges. I knew that I wasnít the worst most of the time, but I didnít think I was the best either. I thought that my personality would carry me further. Iíd say I always felt like I was in the middle of the pack.
RNO: When it was you and Jaeda in front of Tyra, did you feel that you would be the one sent home? After all, Jaeda received just as much criticism that you did.
Megg: I had a good feeling that I was going to be sent home. I wasnít working well with the whole reality TV aspect of the show. It was so draining. I think all the stress that was put on us, plus you are always just trying and trying to take a good picture. The pressure really mounts, and I think the judges saw that from a reality TV aspect, I wasnít cutting it.
RNO: You said you were playing it pretty safe during the posing challenge. Was that your strategy for the competition? Play it safe until a specific moment?
Megg: I think that was the only time I really played it safe. Not to make excuses, but my stool was actually wobbling a little, and the last thing that I wanted was to fall on the floor right on my a**. That would not have been good. Any other time though, I went all out, or at least tried to!
RNO: What did you feel would be your biggest asset in the competition and how did you plan on standing out from the rest of the girls?
Megg: That would definitely be my personality. Iím not fake. Iím real, honest, and I never lied to anyone. I thought that I had some pretty strong facial features too, so I thought that might help me as well, but I was banking on my personality to get me far in the competition, and help me mix well with the other girls.
RNO: Was it apparent, or did you realize how much Tyra was in your corner while you were in front of the panel? You seemed to be one of her favorites.
Megg: Yes, I had a good feeling that they liked me. For real though, you have to have the personality because a modelís personality shows through in her pictures. I feel that if I wasnít so off-the-wall, then maybe I would have never even made it into the house!
RNO: You had mentioned that you want to start a band. Is that your focus now, or is modeling still something you are going to try and pursue?
Megg: Yes, I do want to start a band, but jamming with my friends is second right now. Itís all about modeling, but I donít want to feel like Iím limited to only one thing right now. I think that would be unfair. Maybe Iíll do both.
RNO: Do you feel that you were given enough direction during the photo shoot, or were you mostly just expected what to do and how to pose, even with such little experience?
Megg: I like to think that I actually work better when Iím self-directed. Look at the nude photo shoot that we did. I rocked it. Itís just easier when I have my own ideas and I try to pull off a few new things, rather than being told what to do, and wasting frames if Iím not able to pull it off, you know?
RNO: So what are your plans for the immediate future? Do you have a good idea what you want to do immediately following the show?
Megg: Modeling, modeling, modeling! I just have to get my face out there and make sure that people know who I am. New York, here I come!
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to fans of the show?
Megg: Hey everyone Ė rock and roll! I love you all and thanks for the support!
RNO: Thanks, Megg!
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Phil Kural is an office manager at a law firm, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. You can send feedback to him at email@example.com.
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