Brita Petersons-Wald Interview with Reality Shack (Mar 05)
May 26, 2010
In March of 2005, Reality Shack interviewed Cycle 4 Brita Petersons-Wald following her appearance on the show. The interview her feelings on her weight, the judges and how her portrayal on the show may have prevented more job offers. Here is the text from the article (written by Cori Linder):
Interview with Brita from “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 4
When you are the first contestant to be booted from UPN’s hit show “America’s Next Top Model,” the fact that you were chosen from thousands of aspiring models provides little comfort. Combine a modeling competition with reality TV and you find the world judging you on physical appearance, personality, and how you are portrayed on television. Brita, 25, a waitress from La Cañada, California, experienced this first-hand when she competed against 13 other girls for the opportunity to be managed by Ford Models, receive a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl, appear in a fashion spread in “Elle” magazine, and of course, be America’s Next Top Model.
What quality about yourself do you think differentiated you from the other models you were competing against?
I don’t think I have a ‘reality TV’ personality. I don’t like to go over the top for the camera or cause drama, which could be a part of why I was eliminated. I mean, you can already see that Brittany is loud and wild. Some people are drama queens while others get mean and catty. That’s just not me. I actually really liked everyone and was kind of mellow.
At any time before you had to face the judges, did you think that you might be the one who would be booted out?
I already knew. I knew for a fact because I found out they weren’t going to use the second photo shoot as a factor in judging. Obviously my first photo shoot was horrible. I knew I was being put in a position that did not flatter my body. I’ve modeled for years; it’s not like I haven’t been in this business. I remember when I was watching the show that there was this comment that I was being ‘stiff.’ I was stiffed because I was pissed. I didn’t like the way my body was being positioned. I actually asked Nole if I could move, and he said, “No.” I knew the outfit on me was inappropriate for my body. They put a water bra on me, which adds like another ten pounds to the camera. I just know how things work with photo shoots.
Who do you think should have been eliminated instead?
You never know. With the pictures, yeah, Lluvy had a bad picture too, but you never know because it’s a reality show and you can never tell. Of course, everybody wanted Brandy to go. I’m familiar with the entertainment business and I already knew that Brandy would definitely not go because she was crying about it and that’s good television.
When you saw the episode air, were you surprised at all about the comments regarding your weight? For example, Nole said you were a bit “thick” and “a side of beef.”
No, I knew that my weight was going to be an issue because they were asking about it. Nole’s comments pissed me off because he was the one who dressed me. He should have known better and put me in something that made me look better. I did a photo shoot right before I went on the show, and every photo was amazing. Yeah, it was just frustrating to see that because I felt like I was being set up.
The judges blamed your disappointing pictures as the reason why you shouldn’t stay. How much do you think their decision was based on other factors, like your age and weight?
I could see how they would use age or weight but the weight I could have lost in 2 weeks on the show. Nole thought my age was 19 and unfortunately I had to put in my paperwork that my age was 25. You know I had agents that used to think I was 19 or 20, and now I’m screwed. In this industry, they look at the actual number rather than the age you look. Regarding the photo, I really don’t believe that was my best photo.
At the end of the episode you said you regretted the experience. Do you still feel that way?
In a sense I do due to the fact that I have lost job opportunities because I haven’t been able to work, and now I’m sure that certain agents might think that I don’t photograph well, which, in my opinion, is a bunch of crap, to be honest. Every photographer I have ever worked for says I’m unbelievably photogenic.
What did you like about being on the show?
Hmmm…actually, the first episode that aired about the big group being eliminated, that was fun. However, as soon as I realized that the cameras were on me 24/7, I think I held back. I do like my privacy, and I don’t think I realized completely what I was getting myself into. I wasn’t looking at it as a reality show but rather a job or competition type of thing. I’ve always told people I would never do a reality show.
In terms of your career, what are you doing now, and where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
I had to take time away from working in the industry due to the contract so I’ve just been taking classes for television hosting and acting. I’ve been given many opportunities for modeling but I’ve had to turn them down. In five years from now I’ll be 30 so I’ll probably do more television hosting, and I can always do print. I love doing “Maxim,” “FHM,” and men’s magazines, which comes along with entertainment.
Which of the following would you choose to devote an entire day to: working the runway with Jay Alexander, helping Nole Marin prepare for a fashion show, or acting as Janice Dickenson’s personal assistant?
Well, I wouldn’t be a personal assistant to Janice Dickenson because I can’t stand her, and I actually used to be an assistant for somebody like her. I would choose Nole because I would have done a better job than him regarding the photo shoot.