Natalie Pack: 'Top Model' is "shady," my edit was "almost disgusting"
By John Bracchitta, 04/24/2009
After completing what she felt was her strongest photo shoot during her time on America's Next Top Model, it's safe to say that Natalie Pack, a 19-year-old student from Palos Verdes, CA, was very surprised by her elimination from The CW reality series.
"Oh my God, [I was] more than surprised. I thought that it was my best feedback that I've ever gotten from [photo shoot director Jay Manuel]. I thought I was totally fine, I mean you could totally tell that I was confident about it," Pack told Reality TV World during a media conference call the day after her elimination aired on Wednesday night's Top Model broadcast. "To be so confident to say 'Oh I'm not going home, I have no fear of going home,' and then I ended up going home. I was kind of like 'What?'"
"It was a little strange to me because when I got to panel the judges didn't like my picture and I was just like 'Well, are you even communicating with Jay?" she added. "I don't understand, how can I get such good feedback from him and then have Tyra and the other judges hate my picture.' It's just a little weird to me."
Pack's elimination seemed to serve as a microcosm of her time on America's Next Top Model, which she said was filled with many edits and misrepresentations that have soured her view of the series. Pack also suggested that the disconnect between Manuel and the judges' opinions of her final shoot may have been due to Top Model judge and host Tyra Banks not picking the best picture of her to bring forward for judging.
"The whole show is very... I don't know what the word would be for it, I'd probably [call] it 'shady,' almost because you never know what their intentions are," Pack told Reality TV World. "I mean they edited me to look like someone I'm totally not. So it was really strange, the whole experience was just... I don't know. I have mixed feelings about it."
Pack also told Reality TV World that the way she had bee portrayed on the show as a rich and arrogant California girl could not have been more unlike her actual personality.
"It's almost disgusting to me because it makes me upset that they would show me in this light when it's completely the opposite of who I am," Pack insisted to Reality TV World. "I'm not snobby, I'm extremely down to earth, I'm not even wealthy. I mean, I don't have tons of money and anything like that they portrayed me as."
Pack also went into further detail about her comment that she had "never worked a day" in her life, telling Reality TV World that she felt what she was describing was hardly an uncommon situation and had been taken out of context.
"You know what, how uncommon is that among 18-year-olds?" Pack told Reality TV World. "I'm a college student, I strive to get over a 4.0 [grade point average] so I'm really into school, I'm trying to transfer to UCLA. It's kind of unfair from that statement to label me as rich and snobby."
Pack said that Banks had been the only judge who had initially supported her during her time on the show. However, she alleged that judge Paulina Porizkova was the exact opposite and had never given her a chance in the competition under the guise of replicating the harsh realities of the modeling industry.
"Paulina did not support me and I think never really liked me, and she told Tyra [that] my face was ugly. She was quite harsh," Pack told Reality TV World. "I know that they say that the modeling world is a mean industry, it's not. It's really not... To say 'You're ugly,' that just doesn't happen, it really doesn't. That's just for entertainment purposes, I really didn't enjoy hearing that."
Pack was equally angered by how she said the show falsely portrayed her personality while living in the townhouse with the other girls. After the elimination of Sandra Nyanchoka, she speculated that the show had needed to find a new contestant to portray in a negative light and had done so by editing many of her comments out of context.
"A lot of the things that I did say in the house were actually edited to make me sound a lot worse. They cut out parts that other girls said that caused me to say things and it was really unfairly portrayed," she told Reality TV World. "I feel like it was cut and pasted almost together to make me seem snobby and they were almost desperate to get this image of me."
"If it was so easy for them to make me seem like this then they wouldn't have to cut and paste my words together," she added. "They would have multiple things for me that they could choose from. They really struggled to make me look spoiled, but I guess they did a good job because people are definitely believing it."
While the show had made it seem like Pack was not well liked by many of the girls, she told reporters that she had in fact gotten along with all of the girls -- save for a few arguments with Aminat, a 21-year-old student from Union, NJ, which she said were still exaggerated by the show for dramatic purposes.
As for who she had been pulling for ever since her elimination, Pack suspected that Teyona, a 20-year-old loss prevention representative from Woodstown, NJ, may win the competition but told reporters that she wanted her good friend Allison, a 20-year-old artist from New Orleans, LA, to walk away as Top Model's twelfth season champion.
"I'm really hoping that Allison wins,"Pack said. "I think that she has the most potential out of all the girls left. I think that she has a beautiful look and it's something that nobody's ever seen before, which is really important to stand out and be unique in the modeling industry. Teyona, I feel like she might win, but I really want Allison to win."
Although she told Reality TV World that modeling is her "passion" and she "definitely" plans to continue with it and already has some modeling agency interviews lined up, Pack also told reporters that she wouldn't have appeared on America's Next Top Model if she could do it all over.
"Yeah I would probably skip the show and do something else!" she told reporters with a laugh. "The show did give me the exposure, and that's great and it's given me some publicity, regardless of it it's bad... But to go through it and have people say 'Oh, you're a snobby brat," it's not worth it to me."
"I had such a positive image before and now I have parents coming up to me, or saying to my parents 'Why do you let your daughter act like that?' And they're like 'What are you talking about?'" she said. "It's really upsetting to have to defend yourself when you shouldn't have to because I'm not like that at all. It's defending a fake persona and I really don't appreciate that at all."