September 20, 2010
September 20, 2010
Kathy Hoxit becomes the first girl eliminated from UPN’s ‘Top Model 6’
Deemed to be a “pretty girl” that just didn’t “measure up,” Kathy Hoxit, a 20-year-old house painter from Brevard, NC, became the first girl eliminated from the sixth edition of America’s Next Top Model during last night’s special two-hour broadcast of the UPN reality show’s season premiere.
After a first hour that featured the thirty-two semifinalists being narrowed down to the show’s thirteen finalists, America’s Next Top Model 6 began in earnest when the broadcast’s second hour started. Once they learned that they’d made Top Model 6’s finalist cut, the thirteen girls met with Jay Manuel and former Top Model judge Janice Dickinson — a surprise guest — to complete their very first challenge: a mock press conference session that would help develop each girl’s personality and public speaking skills.
During the mock press conference, the girls were seated at two tables with only a few microphones, which forced them to compete amongst each other for the spotlight. After the press conference ended, the interview panel decided that Nnenna had “overwhelmingly” exhibited the best performance — a win that allowed her receive her first choice of any of the bedrooms in the beautiful Los Angeles mansion in which the girls would live.
As the girls became acquainted with their glamorous new surroundings, insecurities and tension began to develop. Kathy seemed to become a bit insecure around the other girls as they relaxed in the pool, while Jade’s strong personality became quite a match for Gina’s fragile ego.
The next morning, Tyra visited the mansion to welcome the girls to the competition and answer questions about the fashion industry. Later, the girls were taken to the Warren Tricomi salon where Jay Manuel and supermodel Eve Salvail announced that for their first photo shoot, each girl would be challenged to reveal their inner beauty and appear bald.
After worried expressions and uncertainty began to build over the possibility of losing their hair, Jay revealed that the girls would actually be put through a grueling make-up process that would only make them appear bald. As part of the photo concept, the girls were decorated with beautiful Swarovski crystals and posed with mannequin heads. Although she eventually grew to like her bald look, Kathy seemed a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera and had trouble looking natural. “She went from a squinty look to a deer caught in headlights,” Jay noted after the shoot.
During the week’s elimination ceremony, Tyra and the judges felt that although many of the girls had room for improvement, Kathy in particular had not exhibited the potential it would take to become the next America’s Next Top Model winner.
“Some of the judges say they see a pretty girl from the hometown that’s cute, but in the world of modeling, it just doesn’t measure up,” Tyra explained to Kathy just before eliminating her from the competition.
September 20, 2010
Kathy Talks About Her Top Model Elimination
Kathy, the first girl eliminated from America’s Next Top Model 6, is really disappointed about one thing — she didn’t stay in the competition long enough get a fab Top Model makeover. “I was all about the makeover,” she joked in an interview the morning after her elimination. “And I was the only one who didn’t get one.”
The judges believed the 21-year-old housepainter from Brevard, N.C. lacked supermodel potential, but she isn’t giving up. She plans to hit the modeling agencies in New York as soon as she could save up enough money. Good for her! Here’s what else Kathy shared with me during our interview:
You’ll be happy to know that she is still “dropping it like it’s hot.”
Looking back, she is glad that she didn’t go topless in the hot tub. She says the other girls did have “much bigger boobs” and she didn’t want to embarass her parents.
She is still painting houses, though she has become a small celebrity in her hometown.
What about Kathy’s thoughts on some the other girls in the competition?
Her thoughts on Jade: “She’s very strong. She’s my girl. I admire her strength. I saw the humble side of Jade.”
Her thoughts on Gina: “She’s a sweetheart and she’s kind of a ditz. (laughs) I could see where Jade thought she was like unsure of herself. ”
Her thoughts on Nnenna: “Oh, God! She is beautiful…so intellegent…”
Her thoughts on Forunda: She was my girl at first… But then she would do things like not let someone borrow her makeup.
September 20, 2010
September 20, 2010
In December of 2007, RealityShack.com interviewed Cycle 6‘s Wendy Wiltz following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Syrone Harvey):
Interview With Wendy of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6
At first, New Orleans beauty Wendy appeared quiet, shy and emotionally withdrawn from the Top Model competition. Surviving the recent devastation of Hurricane Katrina may have contributed to her slow response. Even the judges felt she had lost concentration and focus on becoming America’s Next Top Model. Wendy, the second eliminee, was charming, easy to talk to, and overall grateful to have made it as far as she did.
Hi Wendy! Thanks for speaking with us. I imagine things have been pretty busy for you.
Hi! Yeah, but it’s no problem.
Did you watch previous cycles of America’s Next Top Model?
Well, when I first started watching, I watched season 1, then season 2. Looking at everything that they did… I was interested in modeling as well. To me everything seemed so easy. I’d be like “Oh I can do that.”
At first I didn’t know how to go about applying for the show, so when they posted information on the internet I applied. That was cycle 3. I actually got a call back. Then I went to Atlanta to go up for the interviews with casting. I didn’t hear anything from that point on but it didn’t discourage me. I figured maybe I wasn’t what they were looking for this season, but maybe next season they were probably going to be looking for a different girl. Then the following season it was the same thing. I just kept on trying and the last time it paid off.
What compelled you to audition for the show?
I think what most inspired me about the previous winners is that all the girls are so different. It pretty much proved to the world that your typical top model isn’t this painted picture where everyone is like the same person. From looking at Adrianne, Yoanna to Eva… I mean they’re all totally different people. Then you have Naima and Nicole – everyone is so different so it’s like there’s not just this one model type out there.
Did you have prior modeling experience before America’s Next Top Model?
The experience I had was only a little taste of what I really wanted to experience. It was nothing compared to being on the show or auditioning for the show or what I’m doing now. It’s crazy. You know, I loved what I was doing before but I wanted to be in a busier atmosphere like New York City. I wanted to do more of it and I knew if I went back to New Orleans it would’ve never happened. Then when the hurricane happened it kind of put me in a place where I wanted to move and pursue my career.
What was your life like before Hurricane Katrina?
Before, I was trying to do as much modeling as I could in New Orleans. It’s just hard. You send out pictures then you never hear anything. Some people say, “Well, you have to wait 6-8 weeks for us to give you a reply,” then it just ends up in a pile. I just felt like I was so looking forward to living out my dreams but yet no one took me from New Orleans. I was planning to move away and I really like my hometown. Knowing that my parents, especially my mom is afraid to fly, so I figure wherever I move she probably won’t even come visit me. So if I moved and it’s a long drive… I think a part of it is that so many people are afraid to leave their comfort zone. I was comfortable with where I was. I had done a little bit of modeling and I was working and going to school. But the hurricane pretty much forced me to make some adjustments in my life. Looking at the aftermath of it now I think it was for the better. I don’t know if I would’ve auditioned. I’m grateful now that I had the opportunity to move forward
It sounds like you gained a lot of strength through this ordeal.
It definitely helped. I know that everything I go through now is only going to make me stronger. I know that in the industry there’s going to be some doors that are opened and some that are closed and I still have to be prepared each time. You know, whatever comes my way or knocks me down I just get back up and keep going at it. This experience definitely proved that and it definitely helped me get through it. That was the toughest thing because even through the show when I got eliminated, I didn’t really understand why, but I know that everything happens for a reason and I may not know what that reason is now but I’m like, in the end I will. Hopefully this is preparing me for the road that’s in front of me.
The judges were pretty critical. Jay Manuel thought your photos seemed lifeless and at times you looked stiff and uptight. Do you agree with their perception?
I don’t know if I was uptight or lifeless, I think that maybe sometimes I was trying a little bit too hard to get my mind off some things that were going on and I think that I wasn’t really that focused. In the back of my mind I wanted to be there so I tried to stick it out and just do whatever I had to do to keep my mind on the set and not on other things. And then I think I was distracted with always watching the show and trying to do this and then actually being there, it’s totally different. I was like, “Wow, I know I’ve watched it but now I’m here what do I do?”
Was it difficult sharing a house with the other girls?
Well, it was a big house and we weren’t all in one room so you pretty much had a little privacy besides the fact that there were cameras around. We were pretty safe and the house was set up so that once we got home from doing whatever we were doing, everyone kind of went their own way unless we met up by the pool or in the kitchen or something. I’ve lived with girls before so it didn’t really bother me in any way but I know there were times where I just wanted to be left alone or be able to read a book or just be by myself and I was able to do that. I didn’t feel that I could never have privacy.
Did you have conflict with the other models?
I don’t think I did. I know they said on the show that me and Jade might’ve had some conflict but I didn’t really look at it as conflict. I just kind of brushed it off.
So far, Cycle 6 has offered a unique variety of photo shoot challenges. Which shoot was the most difficult for you?
Probably… honestly I think I’d have to say the bald shoot was the hardest only because the photographer was telling me, you know, I didn’t really get in front of the camera and do what I wanted to do. He was telling me like, “Do this, do this, do this,” but then I’d hear Jay Manuel say, “Why is she doing that?” I was like, “Oh no.”
I don’t want to not do what the photographer is telling me but they were like back and forth with that so I kind of felt like I really didn’t have a say so. Jay’s like, “I want her to do this…” and the photographer was like, “Do this…” I was like, “Who do you listen to in that situation?” Then he was like, “Oh it didn’t work out…” Really I’m thinking in the back of my mind, “Well if it didn’t work out it’s your fault it didn’t work out.” But of course I can’t say that so I was like, “Oh my gosh!” So, when it was over with I just kind of thought about it and wished I had sort of got in front of the camera and pretty much did my own thing.
Did you notice areas of growth or improvement from being on America’s Next Top Model? If so, which ones?
Being on Top Model, the one area I’ve improved on is my presence. It’s not that easy when you’re 12 years old and you’re almost 5’ 9”. You walk in the room when you’re in school and you’re like the tallest one in your class and you’re taller than all the boys. You know, that’s not even going through high school. I went through that. But it’s like now this is what I want to do and the field I want to be in. I’ve kind of developed this confidence. I don’t really walk out of the house if I don’t have on 4 inch heels. It feels different than it was like being a kid. When you went to a dance in high school you didn’t want to wear high heels because you didn’t want to be taller than your date as opposed to now it’s like… you know, I have to have heels on when I’m walking around so people will feel my presence and know that I’m here. Like, I want to be the tallest person walking in the room now which is kind of weird. That’s what it helped. It boosted my confidence and even gave me the determination to make it through this struggle.
I’ve heard some people say, “Oh you know if I had been in your shoes I never could’ve done that.” It means a lot to me when I hear people say those things because I was really trying to stay strong at the time. I think I did a pretty good job at it and now that everything is all said and done I’m still willing to move forward with this and not give up but keep on trying. Even though that didn’t work out for me, I mean, I made it. I made it to the top 13. I mean 13 out of 10,000…that’s pretty good. If anybody has anything bad to say about it I’m like, “Well I didn’t see you in the house.”
Did you feel intimidated by any of the judges?
I’m not going to say I was really intimidated by Twiggy but I guess our personalities like just didn’t click or didn’t vibe or something. I know she made a comment on the show that she kind of just didn’t get me but at the same time I kind of really don’t get her either. With some of her comments, I don’t know… but I’m sure if I had a chance to talk to her and get to know her as a person she may be my favorite judge but I don’t really know much about her so it just seems kind of weird to me.
Well Wendy, it’s been nice chatting with you. Best of luck as you continue to pursue the field of modeling.
Okay. Thank you. Bye!
September 20, 2010
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL CYCLE 6
WENDY ELIMINATED FROM UPN’S “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: The Interview
Wendy’s exotic beauty has been the topic of many on-line discussions and debate. To set the record straight, she is African-American, Italian, and Native-American Indian. We talked about her makeover, and the “J. Lo” look she was given. “Everyone keeps saying that!!” she laughed over the phone. “My hair is naturally curly, and I can do it either straight or curly. I can do either in about 20 minutes actually. I guess I’m lucky.” Lucky is an understatement, and I had to tell her I should hate her for the ease with which she can look so stunning. “It’s not my fault!!” she laughed “I was born this way!”
But it wasn’t her look alone that placed Wendy in front of millions of televisions viewers. Wendy believes that it was determination that earned her a spot in the coveted top 13 of America’s Next Top Model. Maybe it’s the old saying “3 times a charm”.
“The 1st time, I sent in an audition tape and application. Like they tell you to do. They called me to go to the audition in Atlanta with 400 girls. I ended up sitting next to Amanda from Cycle 3. The 2nd time there were 100 girls.” With each audition she learned. She updated her photos and changed her look, but one thing never changed: “My persistence. My dreams and goals stayed the same.” She also knew what to expect over the other girls auditioning, and it was her 3rd try that placed her in LA with 12 other contenders. “I knew how many girls wanted this. The point is to be on TV and to be seen. That alone is a great accomplishment.”
But as many people now know, the road wasn’t easy for Wendy. The timing of her 3rd audition and subsequent trip to Los Angeles coincided with Hurricane Katrina, which left her and her family homeless. “I was living in a hotel at the time. I had to pack everything I owned in a suitcase when to LA. The worst thing that could have happened then was if the airline lost my luggage. But they didn’t, which is a good thing!” she laughed. But living with the stress of not knowing where she was going to live after the competition was difficult for her. “I tried to hide how I felt about what was going on. But it was very hard.” As for her family now, “They’re ok [now]. No one is able to move back. I think it still has everyone in shock.”
Wendy would “do it again in a heartbeat” she began. “I could go on and on about how great of a time we had. Meeting everyone. The 2 Jays. Everyone.” But she does have one regret. “I wish it would have happened at a better time for me. I’m more focused now. All of my worries are kind of gone now.” So what was it like to watch herself on TV? “It’s weird. Being on the show is different than seeing yourself. You’re followed around 24 hours a day, and obviously the show isn’t that long. You don’t know what they’re going to show.” Wendy watched the show air with friends, “they asked why are you shocked? I was having flashbacks of watching the show in previous seasons. I’ve always watched it, and now, I’m on it.” We wondered if any of the judges comments surprised her. “I was a little anxious to hear what they [the judges] had to say. I heard that I looked like an actress, I looked sad. I wanted constructive criticism.”
Wendy’s past experience of modeling helped her with one potentially difficult part of being on the show: living with 12 other women. “When you live with 12 girls, some people work on your nerves. You’re always waiting for people to get out of your way” she explained. “In 2004 modeled and was in a different city every day. It gave me great exposure, and I knew what to expect. I was on the road with 11 other girls!”
For now Wendy is continuing on the road to her dream: becoming a model. She is looking for agencies, getting her face out there. “I’m ready!” As for her fans, “I hope that I can inspire everyone else. Don’t let a small impediment stop [you]. Believe in yourself!”
With legions of fans believing in Wendy, we wish her the best of luck and look forward to seeing her again.
~March 16, 2006
September 19, 2010
From Hurricane Katrina Survivor to America’s Next Top Model Contestant
She found out she was chosen to compete on America’s Next Top Model after she lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Now Wendy, a 22-year-old retail assistant manager from New Orleans, is talking about her experience. Here is Wendy’s story, in her own words.
* The following is made up of quotes taken from my interview with Wendy after she was eliminated from America’s Next Top Model.
Wendy: “When I actually found out that I had made it into the [Top Model] top 32, it was after the hurricane. I had already evacuated.
They actually found me by email. The phones weren’t working. The signals were out for weeks. I wrote back and two days later someone called and said ‘we’re flying you out to LA. You’re in the top 32.’
It was good news but I knew that I was going to have to encourage myself a little more and build up the strength to deal with the competition at that time. You know, with so much going on.
I’m hearing all the girls’ stories and everyone had something going on. Not to make myself seem like I was better than anyone else, but some people’s stories were just like not as serious as you think it is. Like, here I am out in L.A. and I don’t even know where I’m going to live when this is over with. When will I move back home? Can I move back home? Do I stay where I’m at? Read more.
I didn’t really enjoy the experience as much as I would have liked to. I always had something going on in the back of my head. I was always wondering about what friends and family were not telling me over the phone because they didn’t want to ruin my time on the show.
I think it affected me a little bit. As much as I just looked looked forward and tried to ignore what was going on, I would just go to sleep at night thinking about the conversations I had had on the phone or the things I had seen on TV.
I just hoped that everyone that I knew was OK.
Everyone was OK. But he stories that I hear now are just crazy. You just want to tell everyone to stop talking. I don’t want to hear any more.
My parents were actually in the middle of it when everything was going on and the stories that they can tell you are just like ‘oh my gosh.’ I’m just glad that I was able to get away because it was the first hurricane that I had ever evacuated for.
At my parents home, there was nine feet of water. It was pretty much gone.
I live in Rutherford, New Jersey now. I wanted to move to the New York area. I found that this is the best place for me to be. For years, I had been talking about moving to New York . New York isn’t the easiest place in the world to move to. It isn’t the most affordable either. You really have to be ready to make the sacrifice. I just made the sacrifice and came out here. If this isn’t a good time, then I wouldn’t know a good time if it was right in front of my face. This is the time for me to just go and do it!”
Wendy plans to continue modeling.