Wendy Wiltz Interview with About.com (Mar 06)

September 19, 2010

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

From Hurricane Katrina Survivor to America’s Next Top Model Contestant

Wendy’s Story

She found out she was chosen to compete on America’s Next Top Model after she lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Now Wendy, a 22-year-old retail assistant manager from New Orleans, is talking about her experience. Here is Wendy’s story, in her own words.

* The following is made up of quotes taken from my interview with Wendy after she was eliminated from America’s Next Top Model.

Wendy: “When I actually found out that I had made it into the [Top Model] top 32, it was after the hurricane. I had already evacuated.

They actually found me by email. The phones weren’t working. The signals were out for weeks. I wrote back and two days later someone called and said ‘we’re flying you out to LA. You’re in the top 32.’

It was good news but I knew that I was going to have to encourage myself a little more and build up the strength to deal with the competition at that time. You know, with so much going on.

I’m hearing all the girls’ stories and everyone had something going on. Not to make myself seem like I was better than anyone else, but some people’s stories were just like not as serious as you think it is. Like, here I am out in L.A. and I don’t even know where I’m going to live when this is over with. When will I move back home? Can I move back home? Do I stay where I’m at? Read more.

I didn’t really enjoy the experience as much as I would have liked to. I always had something going on in the back of my head. I was always wondering about what friends and family were not telling me over the phone because they didn’t want to ruin my time on the show.

I think it affected me a little bit. As much as I just looked looked forward and tried to ignore what was going on, I would just go to sleep at night thinking about the conversations I had had on the phone or the things I had seen on TV.

I just hoped that everyone that I knew was OK.

Everyone was OK. But he stories that I hear now are just crazy. You just want to tell everyone to stop talking. I don’t want to hear any more.

My parents were actually in the middle of it when everything was going on and the stories that they can tell you are just like ‘oh my gosh.’ I’m just glad that I was able to get away because it was the first hurricane that I had ever evacuated for.

At my parents home, there was nine feet of water. It was pretty much gone.

I live in Rutherford, New Jersey now. I wanted to move to the New York area. I found that this is the best place for me to be. For years, I had been talking about moving to New York . New York isn’t the easiest place in the world to move to. It isn’t the most affordable either. You really have to be ready to make the sacrifice. I just made the sacrifice and came out here. If this isn’t a good time, then I wouldn’t know a good time if it was right in front of my face. This is the time for me to just go and do it!”

Wendy plans to continue modeling.

To learn more about Cycle 6’s Wendy Wiltz, visit her bio page here.

Source: About.com
Source: The CW

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