Brenda Arens was a contestant during Cycle 14 of ANTM.
This administrative assistant is from Houston, Texas and is 23 years old. Before her appearance on the show, Brenda was signed with The Campbell Agency, Flash Model Management in Milan and Page713 Modeling and Talent Agency.
During her initial interviews with the panel in episode 1, Brenda revealed that she was adopted and loved her adoptive parents very much. She also disclosed to the judges that she sought out to meet her biological father, a convicted felon. Upon meeting him, he denied that he was her father. She was disappointed, but resigned to the fact that she’ll never know her biological father. She was happy she had closure.
Brenda also shared that she became pregnant at the age of eighteen, after the first time she ever had sex. With this experience, she identified heavily with Jessica Michel, who also became pregnant after having sex for the first time at the age of sixteen.
During the top model makeovers, Brenda was outwardly upset over her haircut, which took her thick red hair from long to edgy with a pixie cut.
Brenda began the competition strong when she won the very first runway challenge for Rachel Roy. Rachel felt she represented the clothing well, so Brenda won the dress she wore on the catwalk, as well as her place on Rachel Roy’s website.
Despite her stellar runway performance in the beginning, Brenda was called 8th, then 4th, then 9th. During episode 3, Brenda found herself in the bottom two with Ren, following the ‘dance’ photo shoot with Cade Martin. Tyra decided to eliminate Ren, keeping Brenda with the condition that she dress more super model and less soccer mom. Tyra also informed Brenda that she’s getting another makeover, hoping to help edge her out and help her look younger for future photo shoots.
Episode 3 also revealed a clashing of personalities between Brenda and Anslee in the Top Model house.
During episode 4, Brenda’s performance kicked into high gear with an impressive ‘vampire’ photo during a shoot with Sarah Silver. The judges loved her photo, and the new makeover she received following panel in episode 3. Because of her exceptional photo, she was called fourth during elimination.
Brenda maintained consistency during episode 5 when the judges gave her D-Nice photo a good critique. Nigel said he saw life in her picture and Andre Leon Talley called it strong. Despite Tyra calling Brenda’s technique “catalog 101,” Brenda was called 6th during elimination.
Episode 6 presented problems for Brenda due to Angelea instigating cat fights with girls in the house, specifically, Raina, Jessica and herself. Brenda tried to stay above the petty drama, but at times Angelea would invite herself into her room to instigate a heated conversation.
Her difficulties didn’t stop there. The episode’s first challenge, with Ann Shoket at Seventeen Magazine, displayed further issues when Brenda had trouble identifying the appropriate fashion for her body proportions.
Brenda bounced back during the second challenge with Manhattan socialite Tinsley Mortimer. Brenda did very well canoodling with industry insiders and talking one-on-one with Tinsley, which left her confident she was exempt form elimination.
Brenda maintained that high level of confidence going into the CoverGirl ‘New York women’ photo shoot with Mike Ruiz. In fact before panel, Brenda believed she did very well; vocalizing that she was ‘at peace’ with her performance and didn’t think she was going home.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. Brenda ultimately landed in the bottom two with Alasia.
During her photo review, Ann Shoket said she wanted to see more energy; more oomph. Nigel said it was very “Ann Taylor,” very mannequin-like and contrived. Additionally, he felt that Brenda needed to perfect her look straight-on to camera, not just profile.
While standing in bottom two, Tyra said that although Brenda didn’t like her initial makeover, she was a team player, which was a positive. Unfortunately, Tyra felt that Brenda was lacking “fire and desire.” She said her photo was decent, but not stellar; it was because of this that Brenda became the sixth girl eliminated from the show.
Upon elimination, Tyra told her that she [her makeover] was stunning, so she needed go home and create a portfolio with her new look. She told her she needed to exude “fire” when she goes into go sees. She concluded by telling her that if agencies don’t see her personality or “fire,” they won’t hire her.
Before leaving the house, Brenda told cameras that she was shocked over her elimination. She didn’t think it would be her; she also didn’t expect Angelea to have such a great photo, but she respected the judges decision. Brenda expressed that she disagreed with Tyra regarding her lack of fire.
She said, “This is what I was born to do ; I’m going to go home and do it. I’m happy I get to go home and see my little girl; I missed her so much.I’ll never forget this experience. I’m very proud of myself.”
To read Brenda’s post-elimination interview with RTV Games, click here.
As of May 2010, Brenda has gone back into modeling. She is currently signed with Page713 in Houston, Texas.
To see more photos of Brenda, click here.