AE: What was your favorite part about the experience?
SR: My favorite part was probably just getting to know all the girls, because Iâ€™m friends with a lot of guys here and I usually hang out with them. But I loved just being in the house and it was a really different experience for me. I loved getting to know the girls and I came out with some really good friends, so Iâ€™m happy.
AE: Are you dating someone now?
SR: A boy, yes (laughs). Yes, a boy.
AE: How does he feel about what he saw?
SR: He actually [didnâ€™t see] the show. UPN out here is not a big station at all. We just got it in our town last year and they didnâ€™t even show the first episode of it, so itâ€™s not big at all here. Thereâ€™s nothing here, no one really even knows about UPN, so he hasnâ€™t seen it. A lot of people havenâ€™t seen it, which kind of benefits me. So he hasnâ€™t seen it, but he knows about it. I think heâ€™s okay with it. He hasnâ€™t really said much. Itâ€™s just no one talks about it here, which I know is weird to you, but we really donâ€™t. He hasnâ€™t said much, but I think heâ€™s fine with it, and heâ€™s a great guy, so heâ€™s okay.
AE: Well, thatâ€™s good.
SR: Yeah, I hope.
AE: What was your least favorite part of the experience?
SR: My least favorite partâ€”I guess I hated that we did runway right off the bat, and then as soon as I left theyâ€™re not doing it anymore. Thatâ€™s like, great. My least favorite part was probably not having any training. You think youâ€™re going to go in and learn how to be a model, but you donâ€™tâ€”they donâ€™t tell you anything at all. You have 15 seconds with the runway coach and thatâ€™s it. They just expect you to be a top model and they donâ€™t teach you anything, ever. So I donâ€™t really feel like I learned much about modeling at all versus, you know, learning about myself.
AE: Had you done some modeling in the past, though?
SR: Iâ€™ve been with an agency and gone to some conventions but Iâ€™ve never actually modeled, no.
AE: Have you been practicing your runway walk since then?
SR: Not a lot. I need to get in some classes I think. I need some serious help. (Laughs)
AE: What happened? It seemed like you were so frightened of falling that it might have tripped you up, actually.
SR: Yeah, well, I have a 7Â½ foot and all the shoes are 9s and 10s, so that doesnâ€™t help at all, and plus after â€¦ the first initial trip, itâ€™s just in your head that youâ€™re going to trip and that was probably my biggest â€¦ I mean it was more myself versus myself than myself versus the runway, you know?
AE: So what are your plans for the future? Are you still interested in modeling?
SR: Yeah, definitely. I think I want to move out to L.A. I just donâ€™t think New York and me would mix too well, so I think I want to move out to L.A. eventually, maybe December or January, and I know people out there now, so hopefully itâ€™ll be good.
AE: Thatâ€™s great. Well, people will want to talk to you about this in L.A. All the time.
SR: Great (laughs).
AE: What is one thing that you want to tell people that you havenâ€™t been able to tell them before about your experience on the show?
SR: I guess I donâ€™t think itâ€™s necessarily fair for them to judge me when they really donâ€™t know what it was like in there at all, or what Iâ€™m like. If someoneâ€™s been on the show and theyâ€™ve experienced it, then itâ€™s okay, but I donâ€™t really think itâ€™s fair for anyone to judge me at this point about my decisions or anything I did on the show, because they donâ€™t know what it was like there.
AE: Who do you think is judging you?
SR: I guess just the public in general, and a lot of radio stations here in the Midwest trashed me, and the boy who was on the phone, even, he called and trashed me and called me a lesbian. So itâ€™s a lot harder in the Midwest than it is in L.A. because L.A.â€™s so accepting.
AE: Well, there are plenty of people I know who would be happy to call you a lesbian and not think that itâ€™s a slur.
SR: Well, thanks (laughs).