April 29, 2010
April 28, 2010
In November of 2004, TV Guide.com interviewed Cycle 3’s Cassie Grisham. The interview summarizes her experience with America’s Next Top Model, as well as how her eating habits were portrayed on the show. Here is the text from the article (written by Daniel R. Coleridge):
Yeah, you read that headline right. And if you’ve been watching America’s Next Top Model (Wednesdays, 9 pm/ET on UPN), this declaration from the recently rejected Cassie Ann Grisham might be a touch hard to buy. Let’s examine the evidence: Cassie admitted to self-induced vomiting, saying, “If it makes me happy to do this, then they shouldn’t have a problem.” She also called boyfriend C.J. to inform him that Top Model‘s shrink confronted her about “you-know-what.” C.J.’s telling response: “Do they want you to get help?” Hmm… Here, the 20-year-old Oklahoma native tells her side to TV Guide Online.
TV Guide Online: Top Model seemed rough. Especially when Ann vandalized your low-carb brownies and then lied that it wasn’t her.
Cassie Ann Grisham: Ann and I are actually friends now. I’m frustrated with the show. I don’t feel I was portrayed correctly. They took a few moments of frustration — where I was saying I was so unhappy, I hated everybody and I wanted to go home — and made me seem so horrible, like I was that way the whole time. When people are upset, they say things that they don’t mean. Any girl would give an arm and a leg to be onTop Model. I wanted to be there.
TVGO: Did Tyra Banks boot you because you were distracted by your sick uncle?
Cassie: It was not specifically my uncle. I had just made honest comments about being unhappy at times. You really can’t say that stuff in a competition. A lot of girls came up to me during the show and said, “We’re unhappy, too,” but they didn’t say anything about it. All I can be mad at is myself. I should never have said anything.
TVGO: Fashionista Marc Bouwer said your thighs and hips were too big. Ouch!
Cassie: Marc Bouwer has a preference for girls with skinner thighs and hips. What’s frustrating is that I wasn’t the only one measured, but [the show] had a hang-up on my body, so I was the only one showngetting measured.
TVGO: Guess you won’t be stocking up on Bouwer’s clothes on your next shopping spree.
Cassie: [Laughs] No, I won’t be. It never feels good to be told you’re too big, but Marc Bouwer is entitled to his own opinion. What he has to say about me isn’t going to ruin my dream of becoming a model.
TVGO: UPN’s website says you’re 5-foot-10 and 130 lbs. Doesn’t sound “big” to me!
Cassie: That’s actually under average for my height. I can’t help that my hips are wide set. Women do have curves. Maybe I can lose weight, but I can’t change my bone structure.
TVGO: Anything you want to clarify about the food issue?
Cassie: Just for the record, I was portrayed as a girl with an eating disorder that was so unhappy. That was blown out of proportion for reality TV. Everybody has skeletons. I blame myself for making the mistake of telling Amanda that I had thrown up in the past, about three years ago, when my stomach was so full it hurt. I just needed to throw up to feel better. I had only done it like twice. She turned it into this huge ordeal where I’m bulimic and need therapy. I don’t want my name and my face to be associated with bulimia because it’s not an issue in my life.
TVGO: So you feel you have healthy eating habits?
Cassie: Yeah, I do the low-carb thing and eat what I need to. I run every day and I’m an athlete. I used to play basketball. How am I so bulimic that Marc Bouwer tells me I’m too big? There’s a contradiction there. Please let your readers know that I am not bulimic. I wish the show had portrayed me in a happier way.
TVGO: What’s next for you post-Model?
Cassie: I have no intention of giving up my dream to be a model. I will drop everything in my life, like school and things of that nature, to move to New York. I’m a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma majoring in international area studies. But I can’t wait to see the world. I won’t be 100 percent happy unless I’m a model.
April 28, 2010
In November of 2004, Reality Shack.com interviewed Cycle 3’s Cassie Grisham. The interview summarizes her experience in the Top Model house, as well as “brownie-gate” and her alleged eating disorder. Here is the text from the article (written by “Aurora”):
Disillusioned with the reality of New York City and disheartened by living with a group of women, Cassie often longed for her home state of Oklahoma. She battled with the others’ perceptions of her eating disorder, and criticism from the judges. Find out how she feels about the way she was portrayed, her future plans, and much more!
Hi Cassie! What was your motivation to try out for America’s Next Top Model?
Well, I’ve grown up in a small town all my life and wanted to be a model my whole life. I saw the second season of ANTM and wanted to give it a shot. The show gives people who have no experience in the modelling world a chance, and that’s what I wanted to do.
How is your Uncle Mike doing now?
He’s doing a lot better! He’s been sick a lot over the past few years, but he’s doing much better now and enjoying life.
How do you see your future, career-wise? Will you still try modelling, or do you have other plans?
They made me out to look like I really didn’t want to be there, and that I didn’t really want to be a model. That’s not true at all. I actually did say that I planned to continue my quest, and I do.
How has your boyfriend reacted to seeing you on the show?
He is glad I was on it, but he gets upset just like I do when I’m portrayed as someone I’m not. He’s been very supportive though.
You mentioned several times that you weren’t happy there and wanted to go home – what exactly was making you so unhappy?
You know, when I got upset about something I’d say I wanted to go home. Those were moments in time, not the overall experience. They edited me as unhappy all the time, and it wasn’t like that. I was happy and grateful to be there and I didn’t take the opportunity for granted.
The fashion and modelling industry can be hard on young women. Was it as cut-throat and catty as it appears on television?
It’s so cut-throat, there are so many beautiful girls who want to get into the industry. You have to be constantly worried about your appearance and your weight, and you just have to understand and accept that. I did know that and accepted it going in. Weight is definitely an issue, as you saw with the Mark Bower scene.
Tyra wanted you to see a professional about your bulimic tendencies – did you do that, and what are your feelings now about the situation?
The bulimia thing was blown way out of proportion. It was far back in my past, and I only did it a couple of times. I don’t have an eating disorder, and I didn’t talk to a therapist. There was no need.
They played the whole thing up, probably as an example to other young women who want to get into modelling, so they don’t starting starving themselves or throwing up. It’s just frustrating to be portrayed as the girl with the eating disorder when I’m not.
Obviously you’re not thrilled with your editing – what do you think of the way the others are being edited? Is anyone getting overly positive or negative editing compared to what they’re really like?
I really can’t comment on that, it’s such a personal thing. I do hope that the rest of them aren’t as unhappy with their editing as I am.
Were you and Ann able to get past your differences after “Browniegate”?
Yes. You know, everyone was getting on each other’s nerves and the whole situation was just letting off stream and stress. Since we’ve been home, Ann and I have spoken and e-mailed each other, and we’ve settled our differences.
When it came down to you and Toccara, were you surprised to be the one eliminated?
No, I wasn’t surprised, but I was upset. I knew though – you just do, you know when it’s your time. I wanted to stay, but I wasn’t mad with anyone. Toccara works hard and really wants it. She deserved to stay, I can’t say anything bad about her.
Who was the toughest judge in your opinion?
Oh, it’s a mixture. They all want different things! I’d say Janice and Nigel. They expect the best because they’ve seen the best.
Was it hard to get used to being filmed 24/7?
The cameras were actually kind of fun at first. It was like “Hey, I’m on TV!” But then when you want to talk to someone on the phone or just need some privacy, it gets old fast. But then I went in knowing what to expect, so I can’t really complain about it.
What advice would you give to other young women who dream of becoming a model?
Don’t give up on the dream!
It’s not an easy process; there are millions of girls all vying to become models. But if you have the determination you can make steps in the right direction just like I did. You may not make it as a model, but you can take steps in the right direction towards your goal.
Finally Cassie, what field would you go into if modelling doesn’t work out for you?
Well I hope modelling does work out for me! But if it doesn’t, I’ll go to school and get a job like everyone else.
In November of 2004, The Daily Hub at University of Oklahoma posted an article about the elimination of Cycle 3’s Cassie Grisham, who happened to be a student there during her time on the show. The interview summarizes her experience in the Top Model house, as well as the controversy surrounding her eating disorder. Here is the text from the article (written by Kelli Stegeman):
OU STUDENT KICKED FROM ‘TOP’
OU student Cassie Grisham has been hoping for many years that she would get the chance to become a supermodel. With the help of Tyra Banks, she was well on her way of making her dream a reality.
Grisham was watching the first episode of America’s Next Top Model when she saw the search was on for the second season. The small town girl with no previous modeling experience put her faith in her face, applied and was chosen.
Little did she know that she would be kicked off Wednesday’s show in the seventh episode.
Throughout the episodes many things were revealed about Cassie’s life.
Grisham is an international and area studies sophomore and she currently calls Branson, Mo., her home. The Daily conducted a phone interview to get the latest.
The Daily: “How did you get involved in modeling?”
Grisham: “Actually, I wasn’t involved in modeling until I got picked to be on the show, but I went through an audition process which after I watched last season they said, ‘If you want to try out the show you can print off the application on upn.com and send in some pictures and a video.’ And I did, so they called me back and I got on the show.”
The Daily: “What has been the largest hurdle that you have overcome. Have you always had a dream of modeling?”
Grisham: “It’s actually been my passion for a very long time. I’ve been in small towns my whole life so there was never really a way to do modeling, so this was actually the first chance I had gotten at a real chance to be a model. So it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do. It’s still something that I’m going to pursue even though I’ve been eliminated from the show.
The Daily: “Did you find that there was a huge difference between where you are from, Branson, Mo., and New York City?”
Grisham: “There’s a big difference from any town and New York City.”
The Daily: “Were you overwhelmed or was it easy for you to make the transition?”
Grisham: “When you first get to New York and you see everything, you are kind of overwhelmed. But if this is the place where you are planning on living , you’ve got to get used to it really fast and I think I did. I think on the show they kind of portrayed me as hating New York and just really unhappy, but I’ve been back to New York City since the taping of the show and I absolutely love New York, so I would move here in a second.”
The Daily: “What is the one thing you have learned from being on the show? Is modeling everything you thought it would be or did you find any surprises?”
Grisham: “I have wanted to do it for a long time and since I was about 12 years old I have been reading magazines, looking at sites, learning about these women, so I think I had a pretty good idea of how cutthroat the industry is, and so when I came here and I got to do the photo shoots and actually feel like a real model I wasn’t surprised at all. They either like you or they don’t. You either take good pictures or you don’t, so it’s very black and white and you learn to either deal with it or a lot of girls go home cause they can’t.”
The Daily: “What was the experience that you had living with twelve other girls?”
Grisham: (Laughs) “Living in the close quarters that we did, any group of girls is going to get into fights. There are going to be rumors, and I knew that coming into it because girls are just that way. It was hard at times, but you know, I’ve made some friends out of it and I don’t regret anything and I’m glad I did it.”
The Daily: “Do you think that you were portrayed correctly on the show?”
Grisham: “A lot of the show I was portrayed as someone that I’m not and I can’t get mad at the process because we knew going into the show that footage was going to be edited, so I can’t blame anyone for it. But there are a lot of things that came out on the show that were untrue. For instance, they say that I have an eating disorder and that’s not true. They portrayed me as being really unhappy and kind of whiny the whole time and kind of a loner and all of that is not true. I have friends, I don’t have an eating disorder and yes, I had instances when I was in New York this summer that I was unhappy. Everyone did. All the girls were unhappy at some point in time, but they only put me on there as the unhappy one.”
The Daily: “Some people have been shocked by the fact that you are stripping to get through college. What do you want to say to those shocked people?”
Grisham: “A lot of people automatically assume that stripping is something that is horrible and they can’t believe I would do that, but a lot of those people have money and I would like to say to them that I don’t have the luxury of being able to afford college. I have a lot of student loans. I have two little brothers and an older sister that my mom is still supporting and it’s not like I can just call my mom and ask for money, so I took on stripping so I wouldn’t have to be a burden on my mother. I didn’t start stripping to buy drugs or to be wealthy because I strip. I do that to pay for school and I hope that everyone understands that. My parents are divorced, my dad doesn’t help at all. I pay for school with student loans and financial aid.”