June 23, 2010
In October of 2005, Fans of Reality TV (FORT) interviewed Cycle 5‘s Coryn Woitel following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Hepcat):
The FORT Interview with Coryn, 10/21/05
Proving that an elimination ceremony can happen without tears and dramatics, Coryn, the 19-year-old retail clerk from Minneapolis, MN, gracefully accepted her elimination in this week’s episode of America’s Next Top Model. Coryn caught the attention of the judges during the semi-final round, where her less-than-perfect background piqued Tyra’s interest – especially when Coryn fielded questions in a calm, unruffled manner. It also couldn’t hurt that her unplucked eyebrows were just screaming for a stylist’s tweezers; we all know that Tyra loves to find a diamond in the rough. But does Coryn agree with Tyra’s description of her as the sad girl who would be crushed by the cutthroat world of modeling? Not hardly.
Thank you for speaking with me this morning, Coryn!
Hi, no problem, great to speak to you.
First off, what attracted you to the show?
I always wanted to be on America’s Next Top Model, of course, just like everybody else. It was just a dream, but I saw it as a great opportunity to make it fast, you know, to get known and everything fast.
Have you modeled before or was this something totally new for you?
This was something totally new. I always had tried to get into it, but I just never had the money. All the agencies that I went to, kept on asking for money. Like Tyra said, they’re not supposed to be asking for money if they really want you. So I never really found one that said, “We don’t need no money, just go out there and get jobs for us.”
Tyra seemed interested in your background during the semi-finals. Do you feel like you were picked for your potential as a storyline?
See that’s what I was wondering. That’s why if people ask me what would I take back, I would take that back [her background]. At times I felt like they picked me just because they felt sorry for me or something. And I wish I would not have said anything about my life because I didn’t want pity from anybody. I just wanted to make it because of me.
Would you say that your background affected you on the show?
It did affect me on the show because it was really hard for me to open up to people and especially being in front of cameras, you’re opening up to all these people – it’s hard! It’s hard to talk about your feelings if you haven’t done that before.
What do you think of your makeover? Will you keep the blonde hair?
I like the blonde hair, but the bleached eyebrows I’m not going to keep. I’m going to keep them as thin as they are right now, but just not bleached. It makes me look like I have a big forehead up there, so, I’m keeping them a little bit darker than they had them on the show.
What was the best part of the experience?
Meeting all these amazing celebrities, like Iman and Tyra. And all these different people that one day I might work with so it really helped me get my foot in the door. I got to meet twelve amazing females, too.
What was the hardest part of the experience?
The hardest part of the experience was taking all the criticism. I mentioned that in one of my interviews that I can’t take criticism well, and I think they really used that against me. It was really hard, just one after the other, negative negative feedback until it was like, “Can’t I at least get one positive thing?” That can just turn your whole mood around, if you can just hear one positive thing. Sometimes they would intentionally give you just negative stuff and no positive just to see how you would handle it, and it was really hard for me to do that.
That’s interesting to hear you say that, because I wouldn’t say that was exactly how we saw it on the show.
We saw you praised by the judges quite a lot, but it mostly while they were deliberating. So how long did the judging sessions go on?
Oh my goodness, like, hours, it was just so long! Very tiring and very long.
Switching gears a little, who would you say was the most annoying person in the house? I think I know, but…
(Laughs) Lisa! Her personality sometimes just … irritated us. She went too far with everything. Just constantly talking about the other girls, and then with her little drinking parties — it was weird. She’s an odd one. It was hard to be in the house with her. Like Bre said, you don’t really know how to help her, because for me it was the first time I’d ever met anyone like her, so it was new and kind of scary to be around her.
Who were you closest to in the house?
I was closest to Sarah, because me and Sarah met way before when we were trying out for Top Model at Mall of America. She saw me in the bathroom and said, “You are the prettiest girl here, I know you’re going to make it,” and I said, “No, you’re going to make it!” And we made it to the semis and all the way to the house. So we were together from the start.
What did you think of the photoshoots with the crazy themes?
I likd the themes and stuff, but I just wish I would have done more stuff that I could use afterwards towards my modeling career, like more beauty shots, more natural-looking, not so made up.
What was your favorite photoshoot?
My favorite photoshoot was the one where we were on the ranch. I really like animals, and it was cool to actually have a live prop in the photoshoot with you. Even though it was really hard because the horse was squirming around and stuff, and then he took a big dump while I was holding on to him and trying to get him to look into the camera.(Laughs) Yeah, so it was awkward, but it was fun.
Do you think that they always choose the best photo from a shoot, or did you ever think you had a better pose that they didn’t pick?
Oh yeah, I’m sure all the girls felt this way. We kept on complaining, we’re like, I know I had a better picture than that, I know I did, even when we had made it through eliminations, we’re like, I know I had a better picture than that! You can feel it when you have a good picture, and even looking back at the photoshoots, I was watching Ebony at the ranch, and with one flash, I felt I saw a really good picture. And they ended up choosing one with her hair all in her face. I’m like, what the heck? She had better pictures than that. So yeah, I really think that we had better pictures. I don’t know who was picking them, but I wish I could find out because we had better pictures than that.
What was it like to work with Janice Dickenson?
I love Janice. I mean, it was fun! That’s what I liked the most about her, she brought a sense of humor to everything, and it was just…not so serious that day. Everyone had fun just relaxing and she just really made you feel comfortable with her when you were in front of the camera.
Did you hear any of what Janice Dickenson was telling Lisa? Was there more to that conversation that we didn’t see?
Yeah, I heard some of it. I was walking by to go get my hair done, and I heard her say, “I don’t talk about these girls” and I was like, woah! Here you are lying again to another person’s face. I hate when people lie, and I really didn’t need Lisa to tell me to stop working out or trying to advise me, when it’s obvious she was in a competition with me, so why would I listen to that? She always tried to make herself look better than all the rest, and it really got on my nerves. So yeah, I heard most of what Janice was saying to Lisa, because I kind of wanted to hear.
So was it hard to hear the judges praise Lisa’s pictures during that last session? It turned out to be a Lisa night, and the judges had a lot of great things to say about her.
It wasn’t hard for me. I thought she did the best, too. Her picture was awesome, and her secret was amazing, she did the best out of everybody all around, she did good.
What was your take on the drama between Jayla and Nik?
I don’t think Jayla really liked Nik in the first place, and then Jayla stole her secret, and it kind of went on from there.
But wasn’t it frustrating that Nik didn’t say anything?
Yes, it was very frustrating! That’s why I kind of understand where Jayla was coming from when she said she hopes she keeps on doing her Little Miss Nice Girl. I know what Jayla was saying, because it was irritating that she kept on putting on this show and wouldn’t be herself. She kept on being somebody else, being fake, and it was annoying, it really was.
What is your opinion of what Tyra said during judging; that perhaps you are too emotionally vulnerable to be in the modeling industry?
I wanted to bust out laughing. I didn’t want to offend her or anything, but it was like, this is a joke! Everybody I know said to me, “You don’t make me sad, what was Tyra talking about!” (Laughs)
It was very melodramatic.
I guess they had to come up with something. (Laughs) I guess it’s better than some things they could have said.
Okay, I’m going to read off the names of your competitors, could you give your impression of them in one or two words?
Ashley – She was a talker. Man, she could talk your ear off. She was sweet, though, I never had any problems with her.
Bre – Her personality is just – wow. It amazes you when you get to talk to her in person. She’s an amazing person.
Cassandra – She was brought up different than us and you can see that; but she has class, and she acts like a lady and I love that about her. About her quitting, that was really okay with me. She tried it, she didn’t like it, and she left, and I agree with her because she didn’t feel like it was really for her.
Diane – Wow, I like Diane a lot. She comes off quiet, but she’s not. She’s a loudmouth! She will not stop talking, and she just has you laughing all the time.
Ebony – Woah, I have not laughed so hard until I met her. I wish they had shown more of her in the episodes. After eliminations she would always make us laugh and bring us back to reality, boosting our emotions back up. It was nice, because all the other girls were focused on the competition. She was about the competition, but she was more there to make us happy. It’s hard to explain but she had me laughing the whole time.
Jayla – She is a little devious underneath everything. She’s a sneaky one.
Kim – I … (Hesitating) I don’t know. I hear some things from people, but my personal experience with her was good. I never have anything bad to say about her because we got along well, but we didn’t really connect as well as her and Kyle or her and Sarah. She was a cool person.
Kyle – She’s a sweet girl. You can tell that she’s from the country and stuff. It’s not a show or anything, she’s always happy and sweet. That’s what I like about her.
Lisa – She’s sometimes overconfident where it gets to the point that she’s cocky, but she’s really good at what she does. She’s been doing this for a while and it shows. You can tell that she’s been at this and she’s just a really good model, in my opinion. She does good in commercials, runway, and print.
Nicole -. She is another girl that comes off quiet, but she is not. She is so funny when you get around her, she just opens up and she’s just totally not how you would picture her at all.
Nik – I really didn’t get to know her well because she kept pretending to be somebody else, you know, “Nothing’s wrong with me, I’m okay.” Yeah, it was irritating so I didn’t even try to get to know her.
Sarah – Me and Sarah were together since the beginning, and I love her to death. She’s a real country girl, we got along good and we could really connect with each other.
Do you read the internet sites where fans talk about the show?
No, I haven’t read anything but I’ve heard some things.(Laughs) All I do is laugh at them, there’s not much I can do about it. I don’t really go online or anything.
What’s ahead for you? Do you plan to continue modeling?
Oh, yeah! I’m getting into modeling as we speak. I’m trying to go back with my agency that I was with before the show. Of course they want me back, so I’m going to work with them and see where it takes me.
Thank you to Coryn for answering my questions, and many thanks to UPN for granting the interview.
June 23, 2010
Interview with Coryn, the sixth eliminated competitor from Cycle 5 of America’s Next Top Model
Note to America: Coryn is NOT sad! She’s secure, sweet, and absolutely stunning!
Hi Coryn! How are you!
Hi Jackie I am doing good!
When it came down to you and Nik – did you know that it would be you to go?
When it came down to Nik and me I knew I was out of there. It was time for me to go because they wanted me to smile and open up more. There was a lot of stress that was in the way of that. It was my time to go – I knew it.
We kept hearing sad, sad, sad, – but why do you feel that you were eliminated.
I think that they had to make up some reason to eliminate me. Like Diane before me. I don’t think her personality was changing and I don’t think that I was sad. But when you are under that much stress and people are constantly judging you and saying negative things about you, your mood is going to change a little bit. It’s hard to be up in front of the judges where your life is in their hands. They can control your future, it’s a lot of pressure and you just want to do your best. So, it’s hard to get in front of the judges and act like you always do.
Did you try to become more outgoing after constantly hearing the same type of thing?
I didn’t really try to become outgoing after they said that I was sad. Watching the episodes I don’t see myself being sad. I always see me smiling. So, I did not understand what they were saying or what they meant so I wasn’t going to try to fix it at all.
If you could do anything different what would it be?
If I could do something different it would be to keep my life out of it. Such as my problems at home and problems my mom was having. I would have never brought that up at all. I didn’t want anyone feeling sorry for me or feeling pity for me. That is o ne of the things that I would have kept my mouth shut about.
In the beginning during the semi-finals, I was opening up and telling them what I had been through. I didn’t like how it was portrayed. My mom was upset but our relationship is a lot better now.
Would you like to tell us something about yourself that the show did not let us see?
I am totally different. I am loud and I like to make people laugh. That was not me there. It’s hard to be in a house full of strangers. Especially girls. I am not used to hanging out with girls. My personality is totally different than what the show displayed.
Will you keep your makeover look?
I love the blonde hair. My eyebrows started to grow darker towards the end. They are darker now, I can’t have them that light. It made me look like I had a forehead and no eyebrows at all. I had to color them in a little bit.
Will you continue to pursue modeling?
Oh yes. This will not make me stop trying to model at all. I am going to keep going and hopefully big things will come in my future.
Did you enjoy meeting Janice Dickinson?
Yes, I loved meeting Janice. It was so stressful but she brought a breath of fresh air to everybody. We had a lot of fun o n that photo shoot because the other photo shoots are focused. But with Janice we had fun.
Was the beef between you and Lisa that deep or did you eventually make up?
It was that deep. We did eventually make up. They said that they would show that in the recaps. She went too far many times. I tried to not let it bother me but it got to the point that I had to say something about it.
Is her drinking as bad as we have seen?
Yes it is. It’s probably worse than what was shown. They were being nice about it. But I don’t know what is o n the next episodes to come.
What girls were you closest to or kept in touch with?
Me and D’ always call each other. I talk to Bre and Sarah a lot. Those are the three girls that I mostly stay in contact with now. But we all email each other and talk.
Who got on your nerves the most?
Besides Lisa? (Laughs) Probably Nik because she didn’t open up and let us know who she is. She put this fortress around her and we wanted to get to know her. It was irritating because I didn’t know how to approach her, I didn’t know anything about her or what type of person she is.
Did you have a favorite part of the experience?
Meeting the girls. I really thought that I could not hang out with females. But they proved me wrong. In the beginning I said that I am not here to be your friend. At the end I was friends with all of them. I do not want to lose contact with any of them. They all are amazing girls.
Do people on the streets recognize you?
Yes, they recognize. I don’t go out much but when I do they recognize me. Me and boyfriend have a real nice 69’ Riviera. This guy was pointing and giving us thumbs up and my boyfriend said, “thanks”. The guy said, “No is that Coryn?” It’s nice when people recognize you. It’s not to the extent to where people are rushing you. It’s nice, people notice you here and there and it’s not too overwhelming.
Not yet! Ya exactly!
What was your favorite photo shoot?
My favorite photo shoot was the o ne with the horse. I liked it out there. It was nice and relaxing o n the ranch. I like animals a lot too so it was fun to do with an animal.
Do you have any last words or shout outs?
I just wanted to say “Hi” to everybody in Minnesota. They think that I am not representing for them – but I am. I just want to say “Hi” to my mom and my sisters and “I love you guys”.
Thanks for talking with me Coryn.
Thank you for the interview!