Kim Stolz Takes on the News Media

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Ever since she first appeared on America’s Next Top Model in 2005, Kim Stolz has

given a face to a new generation of queer women. She may not have won the

modeling reality show, but she’s been the success story of the series, and she

also happens to be an out lesbian.

Stolz is now an MTV News Correspondent as well as a VJ for

mtvU, where she hosts The Freshmen, a

show about new music. (AfterEllen.com’s parent company, Logo, is owned by MTV.)

She’s not only a talking head, though — she’s a reporter who interviews

political candidates and writes stories for the MTV News website. She has also maintained

her flair for fashion and entertainment by working on features with musicians

and movie stars on and off the red carpet.

Stolz recently talked to AfterEllen.com about her career,

her odd relationship with Tyra Banks, and her plan to have no plan at all.

AfterEllen.com: You’ve been doing a lot of political writing

for MTV News. Is that something you wanted to do when you first started out at

MTV?

Kim Stolz:
Absolutely. My major at

Wesleyan was government and international politics. Politics is really

something I want to be involved with, and definitely something that sparks my

interest. For MTV News, being able to interview presidential candidates and

other political figures and covering political stories, it’s been an amazing

part of my experience and something I want to continue to do.

AE: Being an out lesbian, have you ever felt that anyone has

thought you were trying to get across “a gay agenda”?

KS:
No. Honestly, I am a news

correspondent so I try to report the news and serve as a bridge from who I’m

interviewing to the audience, so I don’t think that I come across having an

agenda simply because I don’t have one.



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AE: Are you the first

out lesbian VJ on MTV that you know of?

KS:
Honestly, I have no idea. To my knowledge [yes], but I don’t want to

offend anybody if anyone else is out there!

AE: At least in America, from what I’ve researched,

I haven’t seen any others.

KS:
Well, I know I’m the only lesbian

news correspondent in New York.

AE: It seems like

your personal style has changed quite a bit since when you were on America’s Next Top Model. Is that

something that you had to do to be more “camera-friendly” for MTV or

something that has evolved for you?

KS:
I’ve always felt that my style was very versatile, and I think that at

different points in my life, I’ve expressed different parts of myself. I think

everybody can relate to that.

I think there’s a time and a place to wear the more

androgynous clothes I wear, and there’s another time and a place, like on TRL, when I want to wear a cute dress

and get in touch with my feminine side. I think that I’ve never been pushed to

wear one thing or another. It certainly all comes from me, and I like to

express myself different ways through my clothes.

Stolz at the mtvU

Woodie Awards in New York

in 2006






Photo credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

AE: When you decided to get your new haircut, did you think

that some fans might have something to say about it? It seems like you have a

lot of them on the internet making comments like, “Kim has girlie hair

now!”

KS:
Well, from the moment I stepped on

the television on America’s Next Top

Model
, I felt like I tried to transcend stereotypes, as someone who was

adverse to that. I certainly don’t want to be boxed in a haircut or a style of

clothing. I don’t know, I do what I like with my hair and my clothes, and I

present myself in the way that I feel and hopefully people get it.