October 21, 2006 12:06 AM by Joe Blackmon
The fifth girl to lose a chance to earn the title of America’s Next Top Model is AJ, a student from Sacramento, California. In another exclusive interview with Reality TV Magazine, AJ revealed how she really felt about being a part of reality television.
REALITY TV MAGAZINE: When we last saw you on the show, you were not 100 percent. What happened to your spirit in the last show and were you upset that Megg was eliminated?
AJ: I was not feeling it. It was not what I signed up for. When Megg left the show, that may have contributed to how I was feeling. I felt that this was not reality. The elements were kind of depressing. I was so over it. It sucked and I felt it was about TV and not about modeling. This is not what I expected and I could not give them the bubbly attitude all day long.
REALITY TV MAGAZINE: Do you think they portrayed you correctly on the show?
AJ: Most of the time I was quiet. I was amazed at everything that was happening around me and I kept thinking, "This is so weird."
REALITY TV MAGAZINE: What was your life like before the show? Were you pursuing a career in modeling?
AJ: I never modeled or thought about being a model before the show. They found me on My Space. The talent agents asked me if I would like to be on the show and I said, "I’m not doing anything,sure."
REALITY TV MAGAZINE: Did you like your makeover and did you keep your hairstyle?
AJ: I was not use to seeing my hair so black. I had to get use to the haircut. I was shocked when they added hair extensions to make my bangs long. Now my hair is back to its original dark brown color.
REALITY TV MAGAZINE: What was your favorite shoot and did you really have a hard time walking the rocky water runway?
AJ: My favorite shoot was the freak show. The boy in the cage with me was really cute. In the water runway show, first of all, my shoes were too big and I got to the end of the runway telling myself not to fall. I tried to stand still long enough for them to get a good shot. I was struggling the whole time and I kept thinking to myself, "Why did they do this?"
REALITY TV MAGAZINE: Why did you choke when it was time for you to interview Janice Dickinson and where did you get that hat?
AJ: I don’t know Janice Dickinson. I did not understand who she was supposed to be on the red carpet. It just did not feel right. This is not modeling. I did not feel bad that she did not like my hat. I bought it from one of the makeup artist that was on the set. I took it off his head and paid for it. I love that hat.
REALITY TV MAGAZINE: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?
AJ: Hmmm. I can’t say no because I met a lot of good people and got good direction as far as what it takes to be a model. Now I do want to pursue a career in modeling. However, I will not do reality TV again.
Wow! Imagine signing up for one thing and getting another. It sounds like the old bait and switch routine to me. In season one it was all about getting a good shot without all the theatrics and stunts. In season seven we see more reality stunts instead of a good old fashion show about molding awkward girls into fabulous supermodels. I also wondered if I ever saw a fashion show where a designer would build a shaky runway and risk having his creations ruined and models with broken bones from falling off the runway into water… NOT. All of AJ’s photos were strong up to the point where she just gave up on the celebrity couple shoot. On the other hand, Jaeda’s photos were weak up to the celebrity couple shoot. Her celebrity shoot was alright, but not good enough to knock A.J. out the box.
Written by Belinda Trotter-James – Who will be the next girl to lose the chance at becoming America’s Next Top Model? Email me at email@example.com with your comments.