Kyle Kavanagh, Kim Stolz and Christina Murphy at Sony and The Bruce Willis Foundation Present Playstation BANDtogether Event (Dec 05)
June 22, 2010
In May of 2005, RealityNewsOnline.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Christina Murphy. The interview discusses her title as “ice queen,” how she felt being called the weakest of the final four and what her future looks like post ANTM. Here is the text from the article (written by Phil Kural):
“I Can’t Be Bitter About Their Honesty”: An Interview With America’s Next Top Model 4’s Christina
Christina just missed the final four this season on America’s Next Top Model. At her elimination she took some harsh criticism not only from the judges, but from the other girls as well. However, she holds no ill will towards anyone, and is still grateful for the opportunity she had. Find out what else she had to say about the experience in her interview with RealityNewsOnline.
Even from when I did my preview article this season, Christina was an early favorite, and I had a good feeling that she was going to make it pretty far. Alas, she was not meant to be America’s next top model, but she was meant to make it to the final five. I had a chance to talk to Christina, and got to ask her some pretty good questions about what’s been bugging me about the show this season, and yes, I’m talking about Keenyah and the way everyone talks about her weight issue, which isn’t even an issue. I must admit that Christina was quick to answer all my questions, and although she sounded a little bored and tired, she wasn’t shy about being truthful. Read on for details!
RNO: Had you watched previous seasons of the show, and what factored into your decision to apply?
Christina: I had seen a few episodes of the first and second season, and thought about applying, then my family and friends pushed me to do it, telling me that it’s what I wanted, so I went to an open call audition that they were having here in Tallahassee, and here I am!
RNO: Did you have any modeling experience prior to being on the show?
Christina: I had done some modeling in Europe, including Barcelona, Italy and Tokyo before the show, but it was nothing big, and it was a pretty long time ago. I hadn’t done anything recent.
RNO: Your biggest critique on the show was that you appeared to be what the judges called an “ice princess” and very cold in front of the camera. Had you ever heard that before?
Christina: You know, it’s either a good thing or a bad thing. I happen to exude confidence, and my mother always told me to hold myself highly and carry myself well. That’s what I thought I was doing, and never realized that I was coming across as icy and hard to read.
RNO: Do you feel that you were possibly robbed of a spot in the final four since three of the other four girls said you were the weakest of the remaining girls?
Christina: I don’t want to say that I was robbed, but yeah, I dwelled on it for a little. It hurt to hear that I was the weakest to some girls, but everyone was just being honest, just like I was with my critiques as well. I would have loved to make it to the final four, but to say I was robbed because of the other girl’s comments would be unfair.
RNO: Were you surprised that Kahlen and Naima turned on you, especially since the three of you seemed to be so tight?
Christina: I was pretty surprised that Kahlen and Naima said that I was the weakest girl in the competition since we were friends. But, like I said before, everyone was just being honest, and you can’t fault them for that.
RNO: Had you known that Kahlen and Naima were going to say that you were the weakest girl remaining, would you have said one of them instead of Brittany?
Christina: No, I would have said Brittany still since I thought she was the weakest in the competition at that point. I can’t be bitter about their honesty, so I had to be honest as well. When we were asked which girl was the weakest at that point, I thought it was Brittany.
RNO: You had said several times that the judges mistook your confidence as being cold. Did you ever try to explain to them that this was the situation?
Christina: I did try to explain it to the judges, but whenever I got in front of the panel I was very reserved and calm. I wanted to be respectful of them because I know they are all so well known in the industry. Tyra told me to be myself, and said she got a glimpse of it at the panel where I broke down in front of the judges. I had wanted to be there, and it was frustrating that the judges didn’t get to see the outgoing me that the other girls saw.
RNO: Do you think that the judges and other girls were stressing a little too much about Keenyah’s weight, possibly making it look like girls need to be thin to succeed?
Christina: Wow, you have some good questions! You know, it’s a competition, and regardless of if she was told about her weight or her posing, Keenyah was told to improve, and she wasn’t taking what the judges were saying seriously. She wasn’t trying to make better choices. In a way, I did feel bad for her though since everyone was critiquing her weight.
RNO: So you don’t think it was her weight that was becoming an issue, it was the fact that she wasn’t listening to what the judges were saying and asking of her?
Christina: Well, it’s a combination of both. Unfortunately, Keenyah came in lighter than she was right now. When she was told that it was becoming a problem, she cared, but not enough to make better choices. So I think the judges and the other girls were getting peeved since she wasn’t really listening.
RNO: Of the remaining four girls, how would you rank them from who has made the most progress to the least?
Christina: Ugh, I really don’t know. I mean, all the girls have come a long way and everyone has grown in one way or another. I’d say that Kahlen is probably showing the biggest growth, followed by Naima. Then I would say Brittany, and right now, I’d say Keenyah has shown the least amount of progress. She’s a pretty girl, but progress wise, she’s last.
RNO: Two episodes ago, Tyra showed you a trick to make your upper lip appear bigger. Did you use that trick in the nature photo shoot?
Christina: Haha, it was a good trick to learn, but no, I didn’t use it. I don’t plan on getting any surgery done on my lip, and I think it’s unique. I’m all about the tricks of the trade, but there is no collagen in my future.
RNO: Were the judges what you expected or was the panel experience quite different than what you thought it would be?
Christina: Well, I had seen a few episodes of seasons prior, so I knew what I was getting myself into, but I don’t think I expected it to be as intense as it was. You never knew what was going to happen in there, and I think in the end, I lost sight of who I was, and that’s why I let them get to me so easily.
RNO: Do you feel that the individual challenges before the judges each week are really necessary, and really have an effect on who is going home?
Christina: They are fun, and I think they’re great to have. As far as if they play a part in who goes home, I’m really not too sure. I think they do help though since they involve parts of the industry that we are going to have to learn about sooner or later anyway.
RNO: Is modeling something you want to continue to pursue, or are you ready to try something else?
Christina: Oh, modeling is definitely something that I want to continue trying to do. I’m going to move to New York City in June, so we’ll have to see what happens. I’ve wanted to be a model ever since I was a little girl, and I wouldn’t have gone on the show unless I knew that I could succeed at doing it.
RNO: Did you think you would be the one going home when you were standing in front of Tyra, or did you think it might be Brittany since she’s been in that situation before?
Christina: I had a little doubt in my head, but part of me didn’t think it was me, while the other part did. Brittany had been in front of the judges before, so I knew I had that working in my favor, but the judges really ripped into me about how I was looking icy and cold in my shoots for the past few weeks. So as much as I didn’t want it to be me, I had a feeling it would be.
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to fans of the show, and what would you say to girls that are thinking about applying for future seasons of the show?
Christina: I would say that if you have a dream, then go for it. This was a great experience and you learn a great deal from some of the best in the industry. Don’t be afraid, and have confidence in yourself.
RNO: Thanks, Christina!
In May of 2005, OrwellProject.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Christina Murphy. The interview summarizes her experience in the house, what she learned from the show and her future plans to model. Here is the text from the article (written by Tita P. Griswold):
How did you come to be on America’s Next Top Model?
Christina: “I always wanted to be a model but didn’t know if I wanted to be in a reality show. Then I decided to go to the open call in Florida and continued on to the finals.”
Have you always wanted to be a model?
Christina: “I have always wanted to be a model, even as a little kid. I participated in beauty pageants as a kid, later doing some work in Europe when I was around 18 years old.”
How do you think your ANTM experience will change your future?
Christina: “I think as a person the show has changed me. The knowledge and growth I have experienced from the show was great. I received some great publicity and now have plans to move to New York in June.”
What advice would you give to aspiring models trying out for the next season of ANTM?
Christina: “During the tryouts just go in simple clothes, I work jeans and a tank top, just try to go natural because the judges are looking for a blank pallet. Just be yourself. When I was trying out, they told me that o ne of the reasons I was chosen was because I was confident and had the current look they were going for. Most importantly stay focused and try hard. Soak in all the information you can learn.”
Is there anything you saw that your competition did well or something you learned not to do because of another example?
Christina: “I learned from the other girls, even when they were getting critiqued you would look to yourself with the same questions. Also the support and help from the other girls was important to grow and learn.”
Knowing what you know now, would you do it all again?
Christina: “Of course. I was able to learn so much and make friends.”
Sometimes it’s hard to become friends with the competitors, did you find that true? If so, which contestant did you clash with most and why?
Christina: “There were moments where living with so many girls became stressful but I was more in competition with myself than with the other girls. The majority of the cast got along pretty well. I became close to several girls such as Brittany, Naima, Keenyah, Sarah, Rebecca and Tiffany. All the girls were great.”
What was your favorite part of the show?
Christina: “I loved the photo shoots, and getting to know the girls. Also being able to work with Tyra was a great experience.”
What was the worst part of the show?
Christina: “I was frustrated caring the mike packs, always having the cameras around and in the way and early mornings.”
Do you normally watch Reality shows?
Christina: “Yes, I like The Inferno, Road Rules, Apprentice and Survivor.”
What are your future plans?
Christina: “Well I am planning on moving to New York in June and looking to find representation. I understand Michelle is also moving to New York so I will have someone to contact. I would like to do runway and high fashion print like Louis Vuitton and Gucci. I hope the publicity from the show will allow opportunities for me.”
In May of 2005, GirlPosse.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Christina Murphy. The interview summarizes her feelings on being a “celebrity,” how she felt behind the cameras and how she interprets being critiqued by her fellow contestants in the end. Here is the text from the article (written by Girl Posse Staff):
Christina isn’t the “ice queen”, as she’s been dubbed on America’s Next Top Model. In fact, her friends would describe her as “goofy, funny” and one that doesn’t hesitate to make fun of herself. “I’m all about having fun and enjoying life” Christina told me on the phone. “Obviously there’s a time for work and a time for play …” she added that she was down to Earth. So why the image? Christina believes that maybe it was her way of dealing with the pressure. “It was hard. I wish I would have put myself out there more at panel. Shown the more goofy side of me that the other girls saw.”
Having made it to the final five girls, Christina finds it a bit “weird” watching herself on TV. “Sometimes I forgot things that happened. Or I’ll watch and think, ‘oh, I’m going to say this’ or ‘oh, that’s when this happened.'” When I asked her how it felt to be famous she laughed out loud. “It’s surreal. People coming up and asking for autographs.”
Christina is like many other girls out there. A student at Florida State, she likes hanging out with her friends.. living the college life.” She auditioned for America’s Next Top Model for a change, something different to do. She wasn’t new to modeling – having done a little work in Tokyo and Barcelona “long before the show” – yet she learned a lot about the industry. “We learned so much in such a short amount of time. It was overwhelming actually.” What came across to her above everything else was the need to stay true to yourself. “Anywhere you are, whomever you’re with. Be humble. Be appreciative.”
She had expectations for herself when the show began, and we talked about those. “My goal was to be the last one standing of course, but that didn’t happen. I wanted to soak in all the knowledge, advice, everything we experienced” she explained. “I feel like I’ve grown as a model. I’m a stronger person. It changed me a little, too. Not who I am, but it made me a better person … turning the critiques from others into positive. It was good.”
But some of those critiques also came from her co-contestants, all of whom had become friends. In her final panel, all of the girls had to critique each other’s photos, and their ability to be America’s Next Top Model. Did she think that is was fair?” That was hard. Do I think it was fair? If I had the choice whether to do that or not, I would have chosen not to. But it was a challenge we had to do.” But she saw what the judges were really going for … to find out what they had learned about the industry so far.” It made us uncomfortable. You don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. The critiques from her friends were “a little discouraging. It’s hard to hear from critics. It’s even harder to hear it from people you know on a day to day basis.”
Having lasted as long as she did on the show, Christina took part in numerous photo shoots. I asked her which one was her favorite. “I have two favorites. The first was the alien shoot; it was our first photo shoot. It was awesome.” She loved that she got to take on a different character and have fun with it. ‘But my favorite photo was the graveside picture. I’m not a lusty girl, so it was a challenge for me.”
Would Christina do it all over again?” Yes. Without even thinking twice. And why not? In addition to becoming a household name, getting the inside track to the modeling industry and living in a swank place, she was also able to travel to South Africa. “It was beautiful.” Though they were extremely busy working while she was there, they were able to spend a couple of days adventuring out.