ďShe Spoke in the Third Person All the TimeĒ Ė An Interview with Americaís Next Top Model 10ís Aimeeby Phil Kural -- 03/31/2008
Aimee was such a lost soul this season that sometimes I forgot she was in the house! She took great photos, but other than that, we didnít get to see much of her, and when we did see her, all we really got to see was her talking about not wanting to pose nude or embarrass her family because they are Mormon. That being said, I liked Aimee and had a nice time chatting with her. I donít think we got to really know the real Aimee on the show, but she did shed some light on the drama in the house, her elimination, and what she plans on doing now that her run on the show is over. Read on!
RealityNewsOnline: Hey, Aimee! Thanks for taking time out of you schedule to talk with me today. Had you watched previous seasons of the show, and what factored into your decision to apply?
Aimee: I had watched it off and on for the past few years, but started watching whole seasons around the eighth season. I always wanted to model, so I kept an eye open for the casting calls. I filled out the online application, and when I turned 18, I was there!
RNO: I know you stated that you had no modeling experience prior to being on the show, so how long have you been interested in modeling?
Aimee: Oh, Iíve wanted to model since I was a little girl. I did a few castings when I was younger, and my mom really wanted me to do it as well, but she thought it would be better to wait a few years and I was older.
RNO: What did you think would be your biggest asset in the competition? What about your biggest weakness?
Aimee: I really had no clue. When the competition started, and I was getting so many compliments on my eyes, skin, and hair, I began to think that those were pretty much my best assets. I think the biggest weakness was probably holding back.
RNO: What are your thoughts on all the conflict that was going on this season? It never seemed like you were a part of it.
Aimee: I think I got in one argument the whole time I was there. Iím not the type of person to really get involved in all that, so in that case, I guess you can say that I wasnít featured much.
RNO: Letís talk about Claire versus Dominique. Was it really three girls attacking one or did Dominique really stir things up to much?
Aimee: Dominique really did stir things up. However, she didnít deserve to be attacked while she was sick in bed Ė that was just kind of rude. She was definitely full of herself, though. She spoke in the third person all the time, talking about how she was born to win the competition and that she was going to take us all down. It was kind of hurtful sometimes the way she spoke.
RNO: Prior to this weekís elimination, it seemed like you were always at the top of the pack, picture-wise. Were you shocked that you were eliminated this early?
Aimee: I was very shocked. I didnít think I would get as far as I did in the beginning, but my pictures were always good and I was shocked I was doing so well. I didnít see it coming. Even my last photo, I donít think it was anywhere near as bad as the judges thought it was.
RNO: Looking back, do you think you could have really done anything to stick around longer, or do you think your elimination was set in stone?
Aimee: I think the judges have an impression of you. They get to know you, but then stereotype you as well, and you know how hard it can be to break a stereotype once someone places you in one. I just think that I didnít really have a chance at changing their view on me.
RNO: Was being on a reality show what you expected, and could you see yourself doing something like it down the line?
Aimee: Ehh, I donít think I would ever do a reality show again. As far as doing the competition again, Iíd totally do it. I think if you want to be on a reality show, you need to just know who you are. You canít go in TRYING to be a stereotype, like being the nerdy girl or the cocky girl. If you know who you are and you stay true to yourself, youíll succeed.
RNO: How do you feel, looking back, about the way you presented yourself to the judges? Do you regret being quiet and coming off as innocent?
Aimee: Not at all. Iím a modest girl, and Iíve always been that way. I think that being Mormon, they tried to make it out to be the big thing and it really wasnít. I was myself, and Iím happy with the way I presented myself.
RNO: What did you think about the editing? Did you feel the viewers go to see what was really going on in the competition?
Aimee: It was okay. They portrayed me as this young girl that doesnít know much about what is going on, but thatís really not me at all. As far as the competition, though, I think that the editors did a good job at showing what was going on. Mostly, they got all the big events, so I have no complaints there.
RNO: What about you? Did you feel the editing really gave us a good idea of who you are, or is there something about you that we didnít get to see?
Aimee: In general, they made me look like my family wasnít very supportive, and that wasnít the case at all, since my mom has been very supportive of me trying to get into modeling. I wasnít a Mormon until I was a teenager, so the whole Mormon thing was played up a little, but thatís really it.
RNO: Are you going to continue to pursue a full-time modeling career?
Aimee: Yeah, definitely. I plan on starting local. I live in Washington now, and there isnít a whole lot to do, but there are some agencies around that I can get involved with. Eventually, if it works out, Iíd love to move to NYC and take it from there, but thatís down the line at this point.
RNO: What else do you have planned in the near future? Is there anywhere we can expect to see you soon?
Aimee: Iím going to go back to school soon, probably Washington University, and just continue to try and get into the modeling world. Iím just going to try and keep it simple.
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to fans of the show?
Aimee: I guess just thank you for the support Ė it really does mean a lot! Iíve read a lot of blogs and stuff on the Internet, and some people can be mean, but most of it was nice, so thanks!
RNO: Thanks, Aimee!
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