Noelle Staggers Interview with About.com

May 24, 2010

About.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Noelle Staggers following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses talking about her son on the show, thirteen women with PMS at the same time and the biggest lesson she learned while on the show. Here is the text from the article (written by Latoya West):

Interview with Noelle of America’s Next Top Model

Noelle, a 20-year-old realtor’s assistant and single mom from Reno, Nevada, was the fourth girl eliminated from America’s Next Top Model 4. Here’s what she had to say after her elimination.

On the worst part of being on America’s Next Top Model:

Being away from my son. And being with 13 other women who PMS at the same time isn’t easy either.

On Brittney’s comments that she talked about her son too much:

I think that anyone who doesn’t have children is going to think that way and that’s OK. I think that once they have a child, that people will understand. There’s just this hole inside of you when they’re gone that you can’t fill. Ignorance because of inexperience is not a bad thing. It’s just something that they’re going to have to experience for themselves. And when they have kids, they’ll say “Noelle, I see what you mean!”

On having a child at 18:

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that I didn’t want it to deter any of my plans that I had. But I knew that they had to be put on hold. My son deserves to have a good life and he deserves to have an attentive mother. One who isn’t going to make him feel guilty for coming early. So I think I sort of just put things on hold. But now that he’s older, I said I can do this!

On the biggest lesson she learned on Top Model:

Not to take myself so seriously. A lot of us are very overcritical of ourselves. We expect too much of ourselves. Especially Michelle. She did that a lot on the show too. You have to be able to laugh at yourself when you do something funny or stupid. Be able to relax and be yourself.

On what it was like to be eliminated:

I just took it for what it was. I could just take it for what it was and take it as a stepping stone for what my dreams are going to be or I could just piss and moan about the fact that I didn’t win. And I am not a pisser and a moaner. I don’t like to feel sorry for myself and I don’t like to be pitied. So I just dust myself off…When it first happens, you take it for what it is and it’s OK. But everybody has that 15 minute crying session. It’s just that release.

On how her family and friends reacted to watching her on TV:

They loved it. They know who I am like all the time. They would catch certain parts and go “Oh my god, you make that face when we go to IHOP!” They were my biggest cheering section. They were my peeps. …My son thought it was funny. He couldn’t believe it. He kept going. “Momma, TV!” He didn’t understand the concept of being too places at once.

On who should win the competition:

I have a couple favorites. Rebecca, Kahlen, or Naima. Those are the three that I think are going to be good. Kailen is so unaware of her beauty and that’s what makes her a good model. And Naimi, gosh, we all know she’s perfect, and Becca — because that’s just my girl. She can kill it on the runway. She’s an amazing runway model.

On whether or not she would sign up for another reality show:

Depends on the reality show…I’m not a Surreal Lifer. No offense to anyone. That’s just not me. Maybe Real World. Possibly. Maybe not even that. I think I’m done with the reality show part of it. I think I’m ready to have the real stuff happen!

To learn more about Cycle 4‘s Noelle Staggers, visit her bio page here.

Source: About.com
Photo:  CW

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