ďItís Not Like I Was Drunk ALL The TimeĒ: An Interview With America's Next Top Model 4's Brittanyby Phil Kural -- 05/13/2005
First of all, thanks to all the readers for sending me in their questions for Brittany. You did this interview, since I asked as many questions as I could that were sent into me. Itís hard to get a word in edge-wise when talking to Brittany, but I did my best. Iíll say one thing though Ė this girl is a ball of fire, and was a blast to talk too. Mark my words, we havenít seen the last of Brittany!
RealityNewsOnline: What factored into your decision to apply for the show, and did you send in a tape or go to an open call?
Brittany: I had always said, ever since I was a little girl, that I wanted to be a model or an actress. However, I didnít believe that being on a reality TV show was the way to go. I didnít want to be on Big Brother and then when itís over, try to make that into a modeling or acting career. Then, when I saw that an open call audition was coming near me for Americaís Next Top Model I thought it was perfect since the show dealt with what I wanted to do, and wasnít just for a money prize. Also, I figured people would have a chance to see my personality too, in case I do get into acting. It was the perfect move for me.
RNO: Are you really as wild as you appeared on TV, or did you think you acted out a little more in front of the cameras?
Brittany: Ugh, let me tell you Ė Iím glad they didnít show some of the things that I did. If anything, I think I might have turned it down a little bit when the cameras were around. I mean, I wasnít drunk the whole time I was there, which it kind of looked like, but yeah, I did like to have fun. I donít party all the time, and we were so stressed, so I needed to just be myself.
RNO: Did the judges ever confuse you when would tell you not to show so much personality, then tell you that you weren't showing enough?
Brittany: Ding! Ding! Ding! Yes, that whole thing threw me for a loop and I had no idea what to do. I honestly had no idea what the judges wanted from me. I think the way they kept telling me in the beginning that I was too much, then at the end I wasnít enough Ė it was starting to wear on my confidence. I honestly had no idea what to do half the time because I wasnít sure if I was being too much or too little!
RNO: Do you feel that you might have been unjustly eliminated since you did have a great photo, but didn't stand out during the challenge in front of the judges?
Brittany: A little, yeah. I had great photos, and like I said before, I donít think I understood what they were looking for from me after a point. I didnít know that since I didnít pose well while dancing in front of the judges that it was grounds for dismissal. I honestly thought I was doing quite well, but you canít cry over spilt milk, so what can I do?
RNO: Why do you think everyone is making such a big deal about Keenyah's weight? Did her body really change so much from when the competition began?
Brittany: Well, you know that Keenyah and I are good friends and talk all the time. She did gain some weight, but like she said on the show Ė thatís her way of dealing with stress. Itís not like she became some big cow or was all kinds of freaky fat. We all have a way that we deal with stress, and that was her comforting thing to do Ė eat. All the girls were stressed out, so I donít know.
RNO: Are you a little embarrassed of anything you saw on the show? I'm talking about when you danced on a table in a restaurant, of course!
Brittany: Dancing on the table was fun! We all did it except for Kahlen and Rebecca, and Tiffany and I both said that we were going out that night to have some fun and unwind. Iím not embarrassed at all. Iím sure the people at the restaurant arenít devastated that we danced on their table. Itís not like I pulled a Nicole Ritchie from The Simple Life and poured bleach all over their pool table. It was just a dance on a table for crying out loud!
RNO: When you were standing with Naima in front of Tyra, did you know that it was going to be you eliminated, or did you think that you still had a chance?
Brittany: Yeah, I knew it was me. I mean, the week before I was left standing with Christina. Itís kind of like I pulled a Lluvy. She was there three times in front of the judges, and I was there on week two with Sara, then with Christina and then with Naima. Itís like Ė three strikes and your out. At that point I knew I was done for.
RNO: Did you find the male models in the shoot to be as flirtatious as Keenyah did, or do you think she might have been overreacting a little?
Brittany: I didnít see Keenyah do her shoot, so I donít know what was going on with her and the male models. Personally, I thought the guys were just doing their thing, and it didnít help that I was so much taller than they were, so I didnít see them anyway. Plus, I was in heels, which made me even taller. I know that Keenyah is a very competitive person, so if something was bugging her that much that she had to stop her shoot, then they might have crossed a line, but I donít knowÖ I guess it all has to do with how you feel.
RNO: A running theme from this season was your resemblance to Janice Dickinson. Have you ever been told you look like her before you were on the show, and did you see the resemblance?
Brittany: I had never been told that I look like Janice, but when I got to the semi finals, all the judges were telling me that right away. Then I started hearing it all through the season. It didnít really bother me at all since I love Janice and I think sheís great. I try not to say that I look like anyone, since I am my own person, but itís a great compliment. I hope I look the way she does when Iím her age.
RNO: Did anyone ever sit Keenyah down and explain to her that Naima is half black? It didn't look like she even cared to hear it.
Brittany:Ehh, Iím not really sure. I think I stated my opinion on that during the show. Iím not really all that comfortable talking about it, but that was for them two to handle. I just think everyone was stressed at that point and homesick as well, so every little thing was bound to get on someone elseís nerves.
RNO:Where do you plan to go from here? Is modeling still something you want to pursue as a career?
Brittany:Oh, I definitely want to stick with modeling. Iíve said since I was little that I wanted to either be a model or an actress. I wouldnít have gone through this whole modeling boot camp experience if I didnít want to continue on this path. Other wise it would have been a big waste of time. This is definitely what I want to do.
RNO:What kind of advice would you give to girls that were thinking about applying for future seasons of the show?
Brittany: For girls that are thinking about applying for this show Ė just remember to be true to who you are. Donít change and know that person that you are. There are always adjustments that can be done, and things to learn in the industry, but donít get catty and turn into a diva. Itís meant to be a fun experience!
RNO: Thanks, Brittany!
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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