INTERVIEW: Michelle Babin talks about 'America's Next Top Model 7'
By Belinda Trotter, 11/29/2006
Itís such a waste of time and space when girls get on the show and then realize that they really donít want the life as a model after all. This is the case with twin model Michelle. A few fans were really looking forward toward having the first twin winners of ANTM. Oh well, maybe in another life time. After being eliminated from the competition, she seems a little relieved that the pressure is off and she can relax in her normal world. Michelle reveals why she lost her confidence, the gay issue and competing with her sister. Read this and much more in our exclusive interview with the fallen twin...
Q: Whose idea was it to enter the competition?
A: It was Amandaís idea. We had been doing some modeling prior to the competition. Iím more into basketball but, I thought it would be fun to meet new people and do new things.
Q: Did you guess that you would get this far?
A: I had no idea that we would get this far. I was just hoping for the best.
Q: Why did you start to lose your confidence in the middle of the competition? People are still talking about your brilliant portrayal of someone with an eating disorder photo shoot.
A: I did not lose my confidence. I just felt bad for the other girls who left the competition because they wanted it so badly. Modeling was never my dream and was never a life or death situation. I felt bad for Brooke who left the show crying. It was really hard to watch because she wanted this so badly. I felt I should not be there and that another girl should take my place.
Q: Why did you feel you had to reveal that you may be gay?
A: Actually we all did interviews with the director of the show. The question was asked of me and I tried to answer it honestly. I was sitting on the bed with the other girls and they asked me what happened when it was my turn to speak with the director. So, I told them what I said. Of course, thatís what they caught on camera. I really did not care if it got out or not. I think it was better that the girls hear it from me than letting it spread around the house like gossip.
Q: Did you find out who Michelle is or are you still searching?
A: Iím still searching. Iím young and I have my whole life ahead of me.
Q: Some people feel that you may have sabotaged yourself in order to give Amanda strength to move forward. What are your thoughts?
A: I did not consciously go into the elimination ceremony thinking that I want to be eliminated. I felt like being honest when they asked me the question.
Q: What were your best and worst shoots?
A: Thatís easyÖ The best were the editorial shoots. I think theyíre more interesting. The worst was the wobbling runway. Whoever thought of that was way off.
Q: What type of training did you get throughout the competition?
A: We never got any training. Our training was on set. They would show us different ways to extend your neck. I thought we would get a lot of training from Miss. J. It was weird that we did not see much of him.
Q: Why did it take so long for you and Amanda to get to your go sees?
A: The editing did not show it but we actually made it to six go sees. There was a guy giving us wrong directions. I wanted to go one way and Amanda wanted to go another. I ended up being right.
Q: What have you learned about yourself through the competition?
A: I now know that I have time to know myself. I can live life and have fun while getting to know me.
Q: What are you going to do now?
A: I am going to finish out the season with my team playing basketball and then I am going to pursue a career in modeling.
Wow! Good for her. I am glad she knows that the editorial market will be the best place for her. In time, hopefully she will have a better runway walk. Michelle definitely received valuable insight on knowing that she can take her time and live life to the fullest. Itís too bad that the girls who leave the show because their self confidence is not up to par are too late to win the competition. Thank goodness itís never too late to pursue your dreams.
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