Furonda Brasfield Interview with RealityShack.com (May 06)

July 28, 2010

In May of 2006, RealityShack.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 Syrone Harvey):

Interview With Furonda of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6

Arkansas native Furonda became the ninth eliminee of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6. Week after week this captivating, small town Southern girl amazed the judges with beguiling charm and refreshing personality. Although her impromptu poses and photos were consistently amazing, they felt she continuously came across like someone who “just didn’t get it.” We spoke with Furonda and discovered that she has much more going for her than glamour and cutting edge style.

Hi Furonda. How are you? Thanks for talking to us this morning.

Hi. I’m good. No problem.

Before America’s Next Top Model, did you have ambitions to model?

I did. I had so many ambitions to model. I moved to New York two times. I’ve gone to LA to try to model with not so good results each time, but I’ve been building a portfolio actually for years trying to get noticed and be seen. So, it actually was a good opportunity for me; to get my face out there.

What unique quality set you apart from the other competitors?

I think my personality set me apart from the other girls in the competition because I’m Furonda. I mean I’m not trying to conform to the ways of everybody else. I don’t want to be like you, I’m going to be me. You can hate it or you can love it but I’m going to be me.

You came into the Top Model house with a list of rules for the others to follow. What was that really about?

I was an only child. When I went to college to live for the first time, there were so many girls and so much going on – so much this and so much drama. I removed myself from that situation and got my own apartment. Then when I found out I was going to be on the show it just brought back memories of college years. It was like; I’m not going to go through that anymore.

The rules on TV, they kind of were laid out to be worse than what they really were. They cut out parts and added parts that would make it more divalicious. It was basically just to let the girls know that I would respect them and expect the same respect in return. If they had any concerns or if I did anything to offend them they could come to me freely and talk to me about it. Then we could squash the issues so we didn’t cause problems for the other roommates. I hoped everyone would follow that and just be respectful and that way we could make this work.

Did you enter the competition with a challenge area, something you needed to improve on?

When I entered the competition I had been trying to be a model, but I think the reason it had not worked for me is because I absolutely did not know what I was doing. I had no guidance about what a model was really supposed to be like in person; the movement, my angles, I just tried to fake it until I make it and I made it. So it was a really good opportunity to get some expert advice and kind of polish my skills. I think I’m better at angles now; knowing what works for me and what light I should be in.

Did your makeover increase your level of confidence?

I don’t know if my makeover increased my confidence level but it gave me more to work with. I had a disaster haircut before – it was a big disaster. I had it right before I came to the show so I think the hair helped me feel better about myself. I would wake up in the morning and look at the mess on the top of my head and think, “What am I going to do with it?”

It actually was a stress reliever to get my makeover and get my hair done. It was something I could work with and something that would make me feel more presentable to the judges and make me look more like a model. Once that happened, I was looking in the mirror like, “Hey I really got a chance with this.”

Which photo shoot was your favorite?

My favorite photo shoot was the living doll, the Pantene Pro-V where I was a rag doll. The week before, they had used the rag doll as a critique, as a criticism for me, then they made me a rag doll the next week. I think they were trying to be funny but I really came back with that rag doll and I really showed that I could be versatile; I could do the things I needed to do to make it in the competition.

Which shoot was your worst?

Umm, I think my worst photo shoot was the fairy tale photo shoot where we’re falling off the table. That was the worst. I think a lot of us injured ourselves during that photo shoot. I don’t think that was well-thought out at all; to stand on top of the table and fall off onto the floor. I think it was my worst ’cause my face was like, “I’m falling off the table! I’m falling off and getting hurt every time I hit the ground.”

What was it like being in Thailand?

Thailand was like a mystic, magical place. It was like… when I got off the plane I could hear this music “doot, doot, doot, doo…” playing in my head. I had never left the country before so to see this awesome culture of people who are so humble and so willing to serve. That meekness kind of ran into what we were doing and just helped us to stay grounded in what we were doing. I mean the country was beautiful. The shopping was great and the people were so accommodating to us. It was great.

Which judge do you feel was the most critical?

The most critical judge had to be Nigel Barker, AKA Simon Cowell. In all fairness I have to realize that’s his 15 minutes of fame. He gets to be on TV, so of course he’s going to milk it for all it’s worth. I think he’s trying to play the role of Simon of American Idol except on America’s Next Top Model. That’s cool; but give us critiques that will kind of help us. He’s going to sit up and try to talk bad about us to our faces. I mean, if I’m standing here, I’m not a dog. Tell me something that’s going to help me. I’m serious. If my picture – just tell me what’s wrong with it without attacking me and just trying to make yourself look better cause you’re not making yourself look better by talking about someone else and you’re not trying to help them.

How were you able to maintain your focus with all the drama that was going on inside the house?

Well actually my focus was first on trying to stay positive throughout the whole thing. Negativity has no space in my life and that’s been for awhile so when I went to the competition I’m thinking, “I just wanna have fun. I’m going to make the most out of this. I’m not going to let anybody else bring me down or cause me to take my eyes off of what’s most important to me; and that’s staying true to myself throughout this whole competition.” I think I did that really well.

Who would you like to be chosen as America’s Next Top Model?

I’ve got to say Danielle. I’ve got so much hometown Arkansas love for Danielle so I’m hoping she brings the title back to Arkansas.

Do you plan to continue modeling in the future?

For one thing, I’m going to be a speaker at the NAPWA National Youth Conference. That’s the National Association of People With AIDS. I plan on doing a lot more work with KNOWHIVAIDS.org getting the word out that AIDS is an epidemic and it affects all of us. I have modeling and acting of course. I wanna be on Saturday Night Live and do sketches on shows like that – SNL, The Chapelle Show – I’m going to see if I can work that out.

I’ve written lots of articles about girls and self-esteem issues and body image. It doesn’t matter what kind of body you have. Everyone is not stick rail thin like Furonda; and Furonda’s never wanted to be stick rail thin. I always wanted to be bigger, like the bustier girls. So, it’s more about being healthy and loving your body that you have.

are really big issues with young girls today.

That’s what I want to be involved with.

Do you plan on moving to New York or Los Angeles?

Well, I think New York is calling my name. I hear you New York. Hit me up on my website, www.furonda.com. Any casting agents or agencies that are interested can contact me through that website. I guess we’ll just see what happens in the future. Definitely I’m not going to stand still. This is not the end. This is only the beginning for me. I’m doing music now too. I’m going to upload some of my songs on MySpace in the next couple of days. We’ll just see what the feel is for it. I just have so much that I want to do; so many causes I want to help.

This has really opened up doors for you.

Right. I’m blessed to be in this position. The number one thing I say is I just want to get the message out to young girls that if I can be on America’s Next Top Model from where I come from, you can do whatever you want. You’ve got to put your mind to it and follow through and be responsible when you’re attempting your goals.

Well, thank you so much. It was a pleasure talking to you. We look forward to seeing you in whichever arena you choose; modeling, acting, writing, music … whatever.

Well, thank you. Bye!

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

Source: RealityShack.com
Photo:  The CW / Pongsak Tangtiwaja

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