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Jane Randall Interview with The Ink (Sept 2010)

September 20, 2010

In September of 2010, Princeton’s The Ink conducted an interview with Cycle 15‘s Jane Randall following the premiere of Cycle 15. Here is the text from the Interview (written and posted by David Walter):

Princeton’s Next Top Model Speaks!

If you were following our blog these past few months, you know that The Amazing Race isn’t the only reality series with a Princeton connection this fall.  This season (or, as the show’s creator/judge/host/resident eccentric Tyra Banks insists on calling it, “cycle”) of America’s Next Top Model features junior Jane Randall among its bevy of smizing beauties.

Randall, a former member of the lacrosse team who hails from Baltimore, MD, is back at Princeton while the show airs (Wednesday nights at 8 pm on The CW).  So far we’ve only seen Jane in the show’s casting episode, in which she had a scant few minutes of direct screentime.  Still, that was enough time for Jane to: 1) receive the first profanity-bleeping of the cycle (for her reaction to the show’s new grand prize, a cover and two spreads in Vogue Italia); and 2) be labeled “privileged” by one of the show’s judges for attending Princeton and owning horses.

How the 5′9″ History major did going forward in the competition is everyone-but-Jane’s guess.  But while Jane can’t reveal her ultimate fate on the show, she did call us last week to talk about her Top Model experience.

The Ink: What made you want to apply for the show?

Jane:  In October in I was in New York with my mom, and a photographer approached me in Starbucks and asked if I was a model, and I said no. But it was always something I kind of wanted to do. So I went back to my dorm and actually took a couple pictures in my dorm room with my roommates. I sent it in to some agencies and got some calls back. And then I sent them in to Top Model —  I was watching Gossip Girl on the CW website, and there was actually a link to apply for the next Cycle …

Why was modeling something you always wanted to try?

It’s always been something I’ve thought about doing, I guess ever since my growth spurt. People have always said, “Oh, you’re tall and lanky, you should be a model.” But I never had any idea about how to go about doing it.  And then I kind of took it as a sign when the photographer approached me. I figured, why not send in some pictures and find out if I could actually do it?

Before the show, who or what did you think of when you heard the word “model”?

Mainly editorials in magazines. I wasn’t very familiar with runway [modeling], I’ve never really watched fashion shows. I guess an image in a magazine was what I thought of when I heard the word.

And now?  Do you think of yourself?  Do you consider yourself a model?

That’s a good question. Before the show, I definitely did not — it’s something I [just] wanted to do. But through the course of the show, you’ll see I’m trying to figure out if I can.

Did the prizes this season make the competition more cutthroat?

I think anyone in the competition wants to win regardless, but I think the emphasis on high fashion and the prizes really made people realize… I mean, a cover of Italian Vogue will make your career. Not that a cover of Seventeen [the previous prize] wouldn’t, but [with Vogue] you’re definitely not just appealing to the masses. You’re appealing to the people in fashion.

Going into the competition, what were you most nervous about?

Maybe the fact that I had never modeled before. When I went to the audition in New York, I saw girls from major agencies, with full portfolios. And I had a couple of pictures I took in my dorm. So I was definitely intimidated by that.

Did being a Princeton student help you at all during the competition?

I definitely think that by going to Princeton I’ve learned [the importance of] putting in time and effort and practicing a skill – whether it’s lacrosse or modeling, you have to put the time in to develop.

So modeling is a skill?  A lot of people think that models just have to stand in front of a camera and look pretty.

I mean, that’s what I thought! Past tense. It was definitely a lot harder than I anticipated.

What’s so hard about it?

You have to know all your different angles, how they work with the lighting, all these different things that I never thought about. You know, I thought modeling was, a photographer tells you, “Put your hand on your hip, turn this way, and smile.” But it’s really you in front of the camera, moving.  I think that distinguishes a top model from run-on-the-mill – the ability to sell the garment in the best possible way.

Well — to get precept-y for a second — is that what modeling is, selling garments?  Or is it helping to make the designer or photographer’s artistic vision come to life?

Well, there’s obviously a difference between commercial modeling – an ad for Gap or something – and an editorial you see inVogue. There’s certainly a more artistic component to high fashion.  It’s not your typical pretty – there’s ugly pretty.  But Cover Girl is more commercial. I guess commercial modeling was more what I thought about before, but through the competition I learned a lot about high fashion.

Were the models you lived with on the show different than the people you know at Princeton?

I definitely met a lot of girls I never would have had the opportunity to otherwise [meet]. Because a lot of my friends in high school were very similar to me – they played lacrosse, and I’ve known most of them since first grade. Coming to Princeton, I had close group of friends that came from similar backgrounds. This experience definitely broadened my horizons.  I spent a lot of time listening and learning.

Where did you tell your school friends you were going to be this summer?

I told my friends I was studying abroad in Australia.

What are your horses named?

My horse’s name is ‘Shazam’, and the pony is ‘Merrylegs’ – that’s the name of the pony in Black Beauty. I didn’t name them, but I kind of like ‘Shazam.’

Shazam — that doesn’t sound like a very ‘privileged’ name for a horse.  [Author’s note: this was a very awkward segue.]  What was your reaction when the judges gave you that label?

It was frustrating, because I’m definitely very proud of the fact that I go to Princeton and that my parents have been able to provide for me. But I kind of feel that it comes across that it’s working against you a little bit.

I feel like Ms. Jay, when said the word “privileged” during the audition, it almost came out of his mouth before I even finished talking about my horses.  But I’m definitely proud of my parents for everything they’ve provided me with, so I’m going to be honest about it.

[Author’s note: the idea that being associated with wealth would hurt a contestant on a show dedicated to finding someone to sell signifiers of wealth might seem strange, but Ivy League contestants on the show often get edited to be “stuck-up” and exit early.]

If you receive good feedback from the show, would you consider taking time off from school to pursue modeling full-time?

Modeling obviously has an expiration date to it. I just turned 20 – this is certainly the time. For someone interested in modeling, it needs to be now. Also, last semester in the spring when I was going to New York, talking to some agencies, I had to miss some classes… maybe half a dozen times, and I felt like it did affect my schoolwork to some degree. So I would consider taking some time off. But graduating from Princeton – that’s not up for debate. But a year?  I guess there’s a little flexibility there.

To learn more about Cycle 15‘s Jane Randall, visit her bio page here.

Source: The Ink
Source: The CWMathieu Young

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One Response to “Jane Randall Interview with The Ink (Sept 2010)”

  1. Mickey Says:

    GO JANE!!!! My fave ANTM contestant so far…because she is so relatable and i thought she was funny just the way she was. Who needs Judgmental Tyra-nasaurus Rex always saying you have no personality, when in fact you had one of the nicest personalities yet!!!


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