Michelle Babin Interview with IGN (Nov 2006)
February 1, 2013
Exclusive America’s Next Top Model Interview: Michelle
We talk to the latest eliminated contestant, Michelle, whose twin is still in the competition.
The twins have been split up, as Michelle was sent packing by the judging panel on America’s Next Top Model for not having the passion for the competition that her sister did. Even though Michelle put out some of the best pictures the season has to offer and is a natural in many ways, wanting it outweighs being good.
We talked to Michelle about her last words to the panel and how that played into her elimination, how she ended up on the show and what she liked and disliked about the experience.
IGN TV: What made you decide to try out for the show?
Michelle: My sister had tried out for cycle 6 and they gave her a call back asking her to go to the casting for cycle 7 and she asked if I could come along because I decided it would be a fun-ish thing to do and I wanted to try modeling, give it a shot, so they said ‘yeah, for sure’ and I came along with her.
IGN TV: Were you surprised when you made it to the final 13?
Michelle: Yeah, definitely. I wasn’t expecting it.
IGN TV: Do you think your personality was shown off well on the show?
Michelle: Yeah, I think they portrayed me pretty accurately. It is how I act.
IGN TV: How did everything go when you came home after telling them you came out on television?
Michelle: I knew from the beginning that my parents were OK with it. I don’t know why I even cried, I was just kind of nervous I guess. It’s a hard thing to say. But they were fine with it, they were happy to have me home.
IGN TV: Do you wish you could have done anything differently?
Michelle: No. I like the way I handled everything. I mean, I might not have shot myself in the foot at the last elimination and probably continued on a little farther. But it happened and I don’t really regret it.
IGN TV: Did you have a hard time with the nude shoot?
Michelle: The nude shoot was kind of interesting. It was definitely difficult. But I had my sister’s support and her encouraging me and I made her go first too. So they’d already seen one of us, so it’s not that big a deal.
IGN TV: What was your favorite photo shoot?
Michelle: My favorite photo shoot was the stereotypes photo shoot. It was a really fun day. Everybody was acting out their parts. CariDee was acting like a dumb blonde, Megg was acting like she was drunk. It was a lot of fun. And that picture turned out really cool.
IGN TV: Did you bond with anyone?
Michelle: Yeah, I definitely got to know Megan really well. I definitely bonded with her a lot.
IGN TV: What about Melrose?
Michelle: Me and Melrose were really cool. She was kind of a funny character. If I would have a one on one talk with Melrose, it was awesome. She was a really interesting person, totally awesome to talk to. But sometimes when you got her into a group, she would just some odd things which made you think ‘oh Melrose, what are you doing?’ It didn’t seem like it was the same person. It was definitely interesting. She was a cool person. We got along really well.
IGN TV: What was your favorite part of the experience?
Michelle: Either meeting all the girls and all the cast and production because they are all really cool people or traveling to Barcelona was a lot of fun.
IGN TV: Was modeling on the show what you expected?
Michelle: Not exactly. Some of the things I wasn’t expecting because I don’t think they are actually in modeling. Some of the things are kind of exaggerated. I doubt I’ll have to walk on a wobbly runway again, but if I do, I have experience in it now. A little of it was exaggerated. Like the challenge of going up the elevator and trying to put on make-up in one minute was definitely interesting and not what I expected.
IGN TV: What was your least favorite part besides your elimination?
Michelle: Probably walking on the wobbly runway. Oh, something I really hated was every time, in a challenge, they always made us run in heels. Or the fact that we had to do everything in five minutes. ‘Here’s the challenge, you have one minute to do this, go!’ or ‘go put this dress on in five minutes, go!’ I got really tired of running around in heels as a race.
IGN TV: Were you expecting to be eliminated this time?
Michelle: Going into the elimination, I was definitely not expecting to be eliminated. I knew I had turned out probably the best photo, based on Jay’s and Nigel’s critique. I thought I was in the clear because I had a good photo. I kind of knew I was worried about judging, because every time we had a judging panel thing, I always kind of tended to screw up. I’m not very good at on the spot stuff apparently.
IGN TV: Did you sabotage yourself so Amanda would go further?
Michelle: I wouldn’t say that I consciously sabotaged myself, because I didn’t go in there planning on taking a dive for her. That was never my intentions. But maybe subconsciously, when I was asked that question, I might have subconsciously maybe done it to help her along. But I don’t think I purposely did anything. They asked a question and I was honest with it. I wasn’t trying to save her in particular. I didn’t know if she was going home or not. It could have been CariDee. It could have been anybody. But I was just honest with them. I don’t think I consciously sacrificed myself, but maybe in the back of my mind, I was worried about her.
IGN TV: Do you think you can be a great model now?
Michelle: I definitely think in the photo aspect, I could be a really good model. I would definitely have to work on my runway a lot more. But I think I could do pretty good at it.
IGN TV: Who do you think should win?
Michelle: I would definitely want my sister to win the whole thing, but if my sister doesn’t go all the way, I’d definitely want CariDee as the second.
IGN TV: What are you up to now?
Michelle: Right now, I’m just going to school and playing basketball. I plan on finishing out this basketball season and then pursuing modeling.
IGN TV: Any last words?
Michelle: Thanks to all the fans for all the support.