Interview with “Top Model”‘s Michelle Babin

 
 

AE: Do you feel that you were portrayed accurately for the most part?
MB:
Yeah, for the most part I was pretty much portrayed accurately. Of course in editing you see some things that they kind of switch up a little bit, but you’re just like, “Oh well, that’s TV.” Like on our go sees, we actually didn’t only see two go sees, we saw like six. But that’s just editing — it’s expected. Anything that did get changed up a little bit, I was like, “Oh well, TV.” It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be.

AE: [Laughs.] Well, that’s a good attitude. Is there anything you would have done differently?
MB:
I don’t regret anything, but maybe that last panel I kind of shot myself in the foot. I wouldn’t have changed my answer, but I would have made it shorter and sweeter, so that it didn’t have such a big impact.

AE: Let’s talk a bit about the remaining contestants. Can you tell me your opinion of — well, let’s just go through them all. What do you think of Eugena?
MB:
Eugena’s a really cool person. We definitely have different personalities, but it’s OK ’cause she’s the kind of person you can get in a debate with and have completely different opinions, and then at the end of the debate you’re fine — which is something I really admire in people. She’s definitely had her own opinions, and she was kind of different — like set in her ways — but she was a really cool person and easy to get along with. She made me laugh.

AE: How about Melrose?
MB:
Melrose is an interesting character. A lot of people had problems with Melrose. Actually, me and Melrose were pretty close on the show, but if you would just talk to Melrose one-on-one, she was a totally cool, down-to-earth person, really knowledgeable, easy to talk to. But sometimes when Melrose got in groups … she would kind of act out a little bit, so she would do some things that would make you be like [in an indulgent tone of voice], “Oh, Melrose, what are you doing?” That’s my description of Melrose. She didn’t have two personalities, but there were some times you were just like, “What are you doing?”

AE: And how about CariDee?
MB:
CariDee was a really cool person. I liked her a lot. You could tell she wanted this, and she was trying so hard. And she just had a really fun, outgoing personality, like the person who would be down for anything and is hilarious and had no problem with being crazy to make others laugh. That was cool; I liked her.

AE: And last but not least: Amanda.
MB:
She’s my sister; I’ve known her all my life. I love her; she’s my sister. I don’t even know how to describe her anymore.

AE: Who would you choose as the winner?
MB:
Of course I’d pick my sister, but if I had to pick a second, I would pick CariDee.

AE: Why?
MB:
Just ’cause I know that she wants it really bad, and she is a really good person. So, I was hoping if it wasn’t my sister, I’d hope it would be her.

AE: I almost forgot to ask you: How did you like being dressed as Ellen and Portia?
MB:
That was cool — I loved being Ellen. I would love to be on the Ellen show; she’s super cool. That was a lot of fun. At first it was kind of funny … the day after I announced that I might be gay they do the couples shoot, and I happened to be the one with the two girls. At first I was like, “Oh, good job, production.” I didn’t really care, but I thought it was funny. But it ended up being really cool because Ellen rocks, so it was fine.

AE: Then they made your sister model that romance novel cover with the woman who falls for another woman, right?
MB:
That was even funnier to me than anything. It was like, OK, mine was understandable, funny, ha ha. This, really now? Come on!

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