May 23, 2010
May 23, 2010
May 23, 2010
In April of 2005, OrwellProject.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Tiffany Richardson following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses the girls to which she was closest, the most difficult part of being on the show and how Top Model has changed her life. Here is the text from the article (written by John Covert Boyd):
Interview With Tiffany from America’s Next Top Model
How did you come to be on America’s Next Top Model?
Tiffany: “I tried out for the auditions and was disqualified in LA, later I tried out for season 4 and made it.”
Have you always wanted to be a model?
Tiffany: “Yes. My grandma was an influence growing up and everyone used to tell me that I should try modeling. With my past of being in and out of trouble it made it hard to be involved in the industry.”
How do you think your ANTM experience will change your future?
Tiffany: “It has already changed my life. Everyone knows me now and it gave me the opportunity to be seen. Tyra is my mentor and is going to help me with my career. Also the show allowed me to develop patience and my attitude has changed now after seeing myself on TV.”
What advice would you give to aspiring models trying out for the next season of ANTM?
Tiffany: “Be yourself. I would do everything the same all over again. Let them mold you to be better but don’t change yourself.”
Is there anything you saw that your competition did well or something you learned not to do because of another example?
Tiffany: “The competition was crazy. I learned not to tell the designers what you liked and didn’t like. Don’t complain about things you can’t change but in the process don’t be run over either. Stay humble.”
Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?
Tiffany: “On the night of the elimination I would have said no, but because of Tyra taking me on and helping me, I definitely would.”
Sometimes it’s hard to become friends with the competitors, did you find that true? If so, which contestant did you clash with most and why?
Tiffany: “It was easier than I thought, I was the problem. I was difficult to get along with. Though I made some good friends such as Rebecca, Brandy, Michelle, Naima and Kahlen.”
What was your favorite part of the show?
Tiffany: “Tearing down the diner and the hide and go seek game.”
What was the worst part of the show?
Tiffany: “Tyra yelling at me and the elimination.”
Do you normally watch Reality shows?
Tiffany: “Yes. I like Making the Band.”
What are your future plans?
Tiffany: “Tyra and her mom are my mentors, they are going to be a great help in getting my career started. once I get the go ahead, I am going to get out in Miami and get into some agencies to start looking for representation. I am interested in every type of modeling.”
In April of 2005, Reality News Online interviewed Cycle 4’s Tiffany Richardson following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses how she felt about the show’s editing, how often she talked to Tyra after the show and her first reaction to being yelled during her elimination. Here is the text from the article (written by Phil Kural):
“You Just Don’t Mess with A Girl’s Weave!”: An Interview With America’s Next Top Model 4′s Tiffany
Tiffany was one of two girls eliminated this week on America’s Next Top Model. In this interview with RealityNewsOnline, she dishes it out on why she applied for the show a second time, what she has learned from the experience, and what she would do if Janice Dickinson ever called her house!
Is it even a secret how much I love Tiffany? Well, this interview made me love her about 30x more. When I was connected with Tiffany for our interview, the first thing out of her mouth was “Phil, I love you — you’re my dawg.” How can you not love her? Tiffany had a fun conversation, where she revealed to me why she felt so down in the dumps, how often she now talks to Tyra, and if she still follows her rowdy ways. In what will probably go down as the most fun interview I’ve ever done for the show, Tiffany kept me entertained and laughing from beginning to end. With such a great personality, and true realness, it’s easy to see that this girl is going places.
RealityNewsOnline: After what had happened during season three, what made you apply for season four of the show?
Tiffany: Well, my mom and grandmom really pushed for me after what they saw on season three. I was all screwed up after what happened, and didn’t want to deal with any of it. My grandmom made me go to anger management, but honestly, that’s not what changed me. They would sit there and say “You’re angry,” and I’d have to tell them “No, I’m not.” Finally, I’d get angry since they kept telling me that I was! However, with my grandmom and mom in my corner, I decided to try out again for the show, more determined to make it.
RNO: Do you think that being there before gave you an advantage over some of the other girls?
Tiffany: Oh, hell no! If anything, it put me at a disadvantage. There was that memory of Tiffany — the girl who had beer thrown in her weave. I couldn’t come back to the show, frontin’. People didn’t know the real me, and I wasn’t trying to front.
RNO: Do you feel as if the editing intentionally made you look ignorant to fancy restaurants and high fashion, or was it accurate?
Tiffany: You know, the editing made it look like I was so stressed! I liked the food, even though some of it was looking back at me. They never showed all the fun I had, and I used to laugh and joke at those dinners. I mean, how could you not love the meals — they were free, so I knew I could order whatever I wanted and as much as I wanted and not have to worry about paying the bill!
RNO: As the competition went on, what factored into your decision that you weren’t happy?
Tiffany: Well, a lot of it were incidents you didn’t get to see. I mean, those judges sometimes would just rip me apart every time I was in front of them. There are usually only three people that I care enough about to care what their opinion of me is, and that’s my mom, my grandmom and my baby’s daddy. It made me upset that the judges were able to emotionally bring me down, when it’s very hard to do that to me. I was like Toccara from last season. I got there all bubbly and happy, but they were able to wear me down.
RNO: In a way, did you feel that you had more to prove than some of the other girls?
Tiffany: Yes! Especially after the incident in season three when I told Tyra I was from the ghetto. From that moment on, I was known as the ghetto girl. I was just joking about all that. You know what though, I was real and did my thing!
RNO: During season three, you were known as a bit controversial. This season, you seemed to calm down a lot until the last episode. Have you gone back to your rowdy ways?
Tiffany: I’m still rowdy, but in a fun way! Seriously, I had every right to get mad when that girl threw beer in my weave last season! They are not cheap. What was I supposed to say? “Oh, thanks, you poured beer in my weave, now the glue is running down my face and I’m getting knots. Thank you so much?” No, I was pissed, you don’t mess with a girl’s weave!
RNO: What did your grandmother say when she saw how you were portrayed on the show? Was she disappointed you all but gave up?
Tiffany: My mom, my grandmom and my baby’s daddy know the real Tiffany. They know I didn’t just give up. They were actually impressed with me, and were glad that I was real and stayed the real Tiffany. I wasn’t like Kelle from season three. I didn’t go in there acting so sophisticated. I spoke the way I always do and acted the same.
RNO: Have you spoken to Tyra or any of the judges since your elimination?
Tiffany: Well, if Janice Dickinson ever calls me, I’m hanging up. I talk to Tyra about two or three times a week, and she and her mom have become my mentors. Tyra said she’s going to help me with modeling after this is all over, and I’m so grateful to her for that. I call her mom “mom” too, and I love them both. They have been so great to me.
RNO: Was your laughing when you were eliminated just a defense mechanism to now show your real sadness?
Tiffany: Phil, that’s why I love you. You totally understand me. I had cried so many times before then, that I told myself if I cried one more time I was going to punch myself. You either love me or leave me alone. I was so tired of being picked on, so on the outside I was trying to take it the best way I could, and that was just joking about it. On the inside though, I was crying a river because I was so hurt! There was nothing I could do though — I was eliminated!
RNO: What was running through your head when Tyra blew up?
Tiffany: I was thinking “Punch Tyra!” Then I started thinking “No this bitch ain’t. She must be trippin’ or something!” I wasn’t exactly sure what to think at that point! I know now how much she loves me though, and how much she was just looking out for me. It’s one of those things you have to reflect on before you can appreciate it.
RNO: After all that you have been through, do you still want to try and get into modeling, or are you ready to try something new?
Tiffany: Oh, I want to get into modeling, and Tyra tells me that I have no choice. She tells me all the time that she’s going to help me and I’m going to model, so I can’t wait!
RNO: Is there anything you regret from being on the show, or would you do it again if you had the chance?
Tiffany: As crazy as it sounds, I don’t regret a thing, and if I had to do it all over again, I’d do it the same way — from when I got there to when Tyra was yelling at me. I don’t want to do another damn reality show though. I’m done with reality TV!
RNO: Did anyone resent you when you came to the aid of Brandy, since she seemed to be rubbing everyone the wrong way?
Tiffany: I think they made it look that way, but what I had with Brandy was like looking after a kid sister. I managed to be friends with Brandy, but stayed close to the other girls too. This season wasn’t about everyone hating each other. We all got along, and although we had our moments, nobody was hating. Even when Brandy came out demanding to use the phone — it wasn’t a big deal. I think it was just made to look that way.
RNO: What’s the one thing you walked away from this whole experience with?
Tiffany: You know, I learned that in this business, you should never let people know exactly how you feel on the inside. If someone says you look tired, say “Oh no, I just woke up from a nap, I’m great.” However, don’t be pushed around either. Be yourself, and that’s the best you can do.
RNO: Tiffany, you’re fabulous, I hope everything works out for you! I love you!
Tiffany: Thanks Phil, I love you too!
May 23, 2010
Tiffany Richardson, the target of Tyra’s big “tyrade” during “America’s Next Top Model” cycle 4, is rumored to be the new side dish of Bobby Brown after the singer couldn’t leave her alone on Tom Joyner’s recent boat cruise. Meanwhile, cycle 2’s Camille McDonald has been spotted hugged up with Rodney Henry of BET’s latest season of “College Hill.”
According to a source for In Touch magazine, Brown, 37, pulled 24-year-old Tiffany on stage with him during his first few shows on Joyner’s annual “Fantastic Voyage” cruise and “pretended to perform sex acts on her while the crowd went crazy.”
“Then he performed a lap dance on her and said, ‘You are so fine girl. Tyra Banks knows she was wrong for what she did to you. You should have won,’” the eyewitness said, adding that both were spotted at 4:30 the next morning emerging from the elevator and going into his cabin.
According to the witness, they were seen together for the next few days in the casino and the dining room. When Tiffany was asked how she thought Bobby’s wife Whitney Houston might feel about her hanging around him, she replied: “She’s not here.”
As for Camille, she met “College Hill’s” Rodney at a New York City party and it’s been on ever since, according to BV Buzz’s Jawn Murray.
“She’s definitely a special friend, I enjoy her company,” Henry told the columnist.
The brother is said to be spending his summer with McDonald in New York City. A source saw them canoodling at a Harlem party for Henry’s fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. There is also word that the couple is trying to develop a reality television show together.
May 23, 2010
ConcreteLoop.com posted an article regarding Cycle 4’s Tiffany Richardson. The post exposes some gossip regarding Tiffany and R&B singer Bobby Brown. Here is the text from the article (written by “Angel”):
BOBBY BROWN CHILLS WITH A ‘TOP MODEL’
If you keep up with THE BV BUZZ W/ JAWN MURRAY, like I do, then you know about that blind item that went out last week. It claimed that a popular (married) R&B star got busy on Tom Joyner’s ‘Fantastic Voyage’ with a female reality show contestant.
Well, it looks like IN TOUCH MAGAZINE put a face to this blind item. Here is the scoop:
Tyra Banks screamed at her in anger, but Bobby Brown had a completely different reaction when he met America’s Next Top Model contestant Tiffany Richardson on a recent cruise tour.
Bobby, 37, seemed to only have eyes for Tiffany, 24, who was a passenger onboard. During his first few shows, he even pulled her onstage with him.“He pretended to perform sex acts on her while the crowd went crazy,”says our eyewitness. “”Then he performed a lap dance on her and said, You are so fine girl. Tyra Banks knows she was wrong for what she did to you. You should have won.”
At 4:30 the next morning, the two were spotted getting off the elevator and going into his cabin. And they were seen together for the next few days in the casino and the dining room, according to the witness.
“When someone asked Tiffany what Whitney might think of her hanging out with Bobby, she said, “She’s not here.”
When Whitney hears about this shit, that’s Bobby’s ass! Hell to the naw!
TVGuide Insider interviewed Cycle 4’s Tiffany Richardson following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses what was going through her head when Tyra yelled at her for laughing off her elimination. Here is the text from the article (written by Ben Katner):
Top Model Scarred by Tyra’s Tirade?
TVGuide.com: Are your ears still ringing from Miss Tyra yelling at you like that?
Tiffany Richardson: [Laughs] Yeah, especially after seeing it, like, all today [on television]. It’s getting ready to come on again. I thought the beer fight [I had during last season's preliminary round] was something, but ohhh!
TVG: So what the heck happened? All of a sudden, you seemed to just give up on the competition. Were you tired? Fed up? What?
Tiffany: Fed up. That’s exactly what the word is. I was fed up — and not with modeling, but with reality TV. The photo shoots I loved, but all the bickering and fussing that you guys don’t see… it built up inside of me, and I guess I really let it show in my work during the last episode.
TVG: Are you telling me they don’t show us every little fight you gals have?
Tiffany: You don’t even see half!
TVG: Whoa. Scary. So why was it such a big deal whenever you’d run across a foreign word or gourmet dish that you weren’t familiar with? I kept wanting to say, “Tiffany, come on — don’t be intimidated, be educated!” By last week, it just didn’t seem like you were having any fun.
Tiffany: I don’t see how anyone can say that when I would make jokes about the food and everything. It’s not like I ever said, “I can’t eat that” — most of the time, I ate Lunchables! The girls will tell you I had a refrigerator full of Lunchables, and that’s all I ate. I was blessed to be in that environment! And the big words… Who cares? If you can’t pronounce it, then fake it till you make it!
Tiffany: Wow, I’m looking at Tyra now yelling at me again [on TV]!
TVG: In retrospect, do you see how she might have been insulted by you trying to laugh off your elimination?
Tiffany: At the time, I didn’t see what brought on the argument between us. But looking at it yesterday and all today, I can see how it would make her feel if I was in her shoes, looking at this girl that I have so much faith in. It looked to her as if I gave up — and to half of America, too! But like I told her, nobody knew what I was going through on the inside, you know? I wasn’t losing confidence, I was fed up with people throwing at me, “Oh, you’re ghetto” or trying to change me into somebody that I’m not. I was brought on this show to be Tiffany, and after the first couple weeks of me trying to be somebody else, I was like, “Either love Tiffany or leave ‘er alone!”
TVG: But people did love you! And you had to go in knowing that modeling is a lot like acting. One week, you’ll be Tiffany as an extraterrestrial, the next Tiffany as a sexy mechanic in a hurricane.
Tiffany: That was OK to me. I don’t know… I’m confused about the whole situation. I felt like I gave it my best.
TVG: Were you and Tyra able to kiss and make up after the show?
Tiffany: Yeah, we had a talk afterward. [She] and her mom came to me. She walked in the room, and I was joking, saying, “I’m mad at you!” She smiled and I smiled, we hugged each other, and then her mom hugged me.
TVG: Sounds very therapeutic.
Tiffany: They let me know that they were behind me 100 percent. Tyra and me never were able to have a one-on-one talk before, heart to heart. So after she talked to me, she understood a lot more about me. And since I’ve been home, she has been so supportive of me that it’s not even funny. She went beyond America’s Next Top Model and has been pushing me.
TVG: You’re still in touch?
Tiffany: Yeah, she’s my mentor. She calls me maybe once, twice a week to check up on me and see how I’m doing. She and her mom are my mentors.
TVG: You can’t do much better than that!
Tiffany: Nope, you can’t!
TVG: Do you think Tyra regrets cutting you?
Tiffany: I don’t know. I didn’t ask her that. I don’t think she’s sorry that she did it, but I think that she’s sorry that she felt like I quit and she couldn’t do more at the time to help keep me there longer
TVG: I know your grandmother let her power be turned off so she could afford to buy you swimsuits to go on the show. How did she react to your elimination? Was she supportive, or did she want to spank you for seeming to give up?
Tiffany: It’s funny, because me, my mom, my grandma and my auntie… we’re the only people in, I think, the world who see the show as being not really my fault or Tyra’s fault. We see it as me and Tyra got into a little altercation and we made up. Women go through things! Everybody else is like, “You disappointed her and gave up!” Nobody was there. The world wasn’t there. But Grandma was fine with it, and I’m fine with it.
May 22, 2010
About.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Tiffany Richardson following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses the best parts about being on the show and what it was like being YELLED at by Tyra Banks. Here is the text from the article (written by Latoya West):
INTERVIEW: Top Model’s Tiffany Talks About Being Yelled At By Tyra Banks
Tiffany, a struggling young mom from Miami, was one of the girls cut from America’s Next Top Model during a shocking double elimination Wednesday night. Tiffany’s elimination may go down in history as the most dramatic elimination ceremony in the history of America’s Next Top Model. The usually cool and calm Tyra Banks SCREAMED at Tiffany for having a bad attitude and not appreciating the opportunity she had been given. Now everybody is talking about Tyra’s tirade. See what Tiffany has to say about being yelled at by Tyra, one contestant who she doesn’t want to win, and much more.
What was the best part of the experience for you?
The best and the worst part of the experience was me living with the girls. Me bonding with them, that was the best. Living with them and learning about different things…But getting buck wild and sometimes having arguments and things like that — that was the worst part.
How has your life changed?
I can’t go anywhere. I go to McDonalds or Burger King and people are like ‘I know you. You’re Tiffany!’ Some people love me and some people hate me. My life is totally different now. My attitude is much better. They thought I changed when I came back for the fourth season, but me watching myself on TV, I wanted to change a lot more. So, I’m a lot different in many ways. But I’m still crazy and kooky though.
In what ways are you different?
My patience. I’m not impatient anymore…Now, I’m patient. I’m humble.
Everybody is talking about Tyra Banks going off on you during your elimination. Looking back at it now, what do you think about that night?
Me watching it…I see that Tyra cared a lot about me. It makes me feel bad watching it. I’m like ‘I was hurting this lady bad.’ Some people say she was acting. But some people say ‘Tiffany, you were being mean.’ But me and Tyra know. We’ve talked since. Tyra yelled at me because she loved some Tiffany. She wanted to see me just do so much better in the competition. She felt like I was giving up that week. And it hurt her because she couldn’t do anything about it. She felt like she was helpless.
In that moment when she was yelling, were you mad at her?
Oh my goodness. Was I mad at her? I wanted to hit her! I was so upset with her at that moment after she told me shut up. My mom doesn’t even tell me shut up because when she tells me shut up, I’m not going to hear anything after. I’m going to roll my eyes and suck my teeth. I’m not going to hear anything! So at the moment, I didn’t hear anything else that she said. I was just like ‘Whatever, get out of my face.’ But when I came home and watched it and heard everything that she said, like when she said ‘My mom yells at me like this because she loves me.’ At the moment, I was thinking ‘But you ain’t my momma.’ But with me watching, I’m like this lady really cares about me. She loves me.
Do you still want to pursue modeling?
Yes. Tyra and her mom are my mentors. Tyra says that she’s going to make sure that I go out to the agencies and make sure that I work. She’s going to stay on me. She says she’s going to be tough with me because she knows that I’m stubborn. But she says she’s going to just push me. And I want to do it. I can’t wait to start! As long as I don’t have to do another reality show!
How did your son react to seeing you on TV?
He runs to the TV like ‘That’s Mommy right there. That’s Mommy.’ He loves it. But after thirty minutes of it, he’s like ‘I wanna watch Spongebob.’ Like ‘It’s enough of you Mommy already.’
What about your other family members and friends? How have they reacted to you being on TV?
TV really makes you know who your family and friends are. My mom and my Grandma and my baby’s father are my number one fans. It’s a love-hate thing with my friends and other family. They wish it was them on [TV]. They’ll say like “Why did you do this? Why did you do that?” Then when I got cut, everybody seemed to be so happy. Nobody was supporting me. It’s a love-hate thing with my family.
What was the most memorable experience you had on the show?
The most memorable was us bothering Michelle about that face disease. It was mean, but it was hilarious! Michelle knew that we were not trying to make her feel bad and that it was all a joke…
You were picked for the show before, but left because of anger issues. What made you decide to audition a second time?
I think after the third season, they told me that I can audition again. I did everything all over again and I went to anger management class, because I thought that would help me. It was great [when they gave me another chance] because I was thinking that these people saw something in me that I didn’t even see in me.
Do you have any advice for girls who can relate to your background and what you have been through?
I really can’t give too much advice to girls who are in similar situations. I can tell them to just get over it. Just take responsibility for your own actions…I used to blame a lot of things on other people. I understand that life is hard. Just try to get over it and do it step by step. I understand that life is hard. Deal with your anger by doing something positive. Don’t dwell on it too much or that’s all people will see you as — that ghetto girl that fights all the time. Just get over it.
Who do think should win the competition?
Who I think should win and who I want to win are two different things. I’m rooting for Michelle. Go Michelle! But that damn Keenyah might win. I don’t want Keenyah to win! I’m sorry to say it but me and Keenyah had our times. Everybody else but Keenyah could win.
Me and Keenyah had our times. But then I watched the show and saw all those things she said about me behind my back! When we were in the house, it was “Oh, I love you Tiffany,” but then on the show she’s like doing her interviews and she’s like ‘Tiffany is this or that.’ That made me hate her! I want Michelle to win or Naima, .
Tell me what it was like working with Boris Kodjoe for your final challenge. That was funny!
I’m still not over that. What in the world? They made me have a missing tooth. And then they wanted me to speak with the Cockney accent in front of Boris. I humiliated myself. But it was fun. I got mad at Boris, because I was like ]You know I forgot my line so just skip the line. You’re doing this all the time.’ He’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and he’s like “You’re beautiful.” It was one of the best times of my life just being around him.
Hey, you may end up guest-starring on his sitcom. Who knows?
Girl! They don’t need to do that. Put me somewhere else. Put me on a different sitcom. I’d be there [on his sitcom] with his wife there. She may want to beat me down! [laughs]