We all knew that UPN’s America’s Next Top Model was one of the gayest shows on TV, but this season upped the queer ante even more when 22-year-old out lesbian Kim Stolz sauntered into Tyra Banks’s catfighting, back-stabbing and totally addictive reality series. Over the course of ten episodes, Stolz braved a series of photo shoots that tested her abilities to femme it up, gave the straight girls a taste of dyke drama, and landed a cameo spot on the UPN drama Veronica Mars. But after failing to win the judges over with her impression of a modern-day Venus, Stolz was sent back to her native New York, coming in fourth place in the competition.
We caught up with her during her post-show media blitz, when she gave us the dish on what really happened in that limo, who she liked and who she didn’t, and why everyone seemed to be sleeping in adjoining beds.
AfterEllen: Let’s go back a bit. So you went to college at Wesleyan, you majored in international relations, is that right?
AE: So those aren’t exactly experiences we would normally associate with the desire to be a model. What initially drew you to modeling?
AE: It seems like everyone who auditioned for the show really, really wanted to be a model. How did you convince them to cast you when you didn’t have such a strong interest?
AE: So it seems like when you auditioned you also came out right away. Is that true?
AE: So for you, there just wasn’t really any choice to make?
AE: Yeah, I’ve seen that in their audition application.
AE: Were you out to your family before you auditioned?
AE: That’s young.
AE: [Laughs.] So you’re 22 now?
AE: Has your extended family seen the show? They all know?
AE: How has that been?
AE: All right, so let’s just talk a little bit about Sarah.