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Furonda Brasfield Article for About.com (May 06)

July 28, 2010

In May of 2006, About.com interviewed Cycle 6’s Furonda Brasfield following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Latoya West):

Top Model Eliminee Furonda Roots for Remaining Girls As Finale Nears

Now that Furonda has been eliminated from America’s Next Top Model 6, who will she be rooting for when the show airs tonight?

When I asked Furonda during an interview last week, she said “I don’t know. All of the girls are great models at this point. So I guess it’s up in the air. Whoever  wants it the most. At this point, Joanie is taking really great pictures. She was magical with the elephant. Danielle has just become a judges’ sweetheart and she’s a hometown girl from Arkansas. So of course I’m rooting for her. Jade takes great pictures. Sara is getting into the modeling and learning more and more about it.  It’s up in the air, so I’m rooting for all of the girls. I love them all”

Was Forunda surprised that she was eliminated from the show? “None of the eliminations really surprised me,” she said. “At any time, anybody is vulnerable. It could go either way.  ”

Furonda says she learned a great deal from her experience on the show. “The thing I took away from the experience is that you don’t let worlds or people get you down. Keep your head up high and even when they’re trying to put you out on a TV show, you strut out. You say you can’t kick me out. I’m leaving.”

These days, Furonda is keeping extremely busy with several projects. “I just got a website, http://www.furonda.com, she said. “I’m working with  knowhivaids.org more and more and NAPWA, the National Association for People With AIDS…I’m doing music. I’m going to upload my songs to My Space and also my personal website.”

But what about modeling? “Of course I’m going to pursue modeling,” she said. “I’m going to meet with some of the interested agencies in New York here pretty soon. And just test the waters and see what’s out there. Of course, I’ve been bitten by the acting bug from Veronica Mars. I want to do lots of comedy stuff. Possibly Saturday Night Live, Mad TV, or Chapelle Show. Something like that.”

But Forunda isn’t stopping there.

“I am writing articles that I’m trying to get published right now,” she told me. “They’re about body image and self esteem for young girls. I know a lot of young girls have watched me on TV and they see Furonda , who is a real stick thin person. I just want to let them know that I haven’t always been happy with my body. I wanted to be bustier and bigger. And for the girls that write me and say, Oh Forunda, I’m having weight problems and I wish I was your size, I just want to let them know it’s not about being somebody else’s size , it’s about loving yourself and being healthy and just loving the skin that you’re in.”

I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from Ms. Forunda.

To learn more about Cycle 6’s Furonda Brasfield, visit her bio page here.

Source: About.com
Photo:  The CW / Richard Reinsdorf

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