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In November of 2006, Starry Constellation Magazine interviewed Cycle 7‘s Michelle Babin following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Jamie Steinberg):

Q) Why did you apply for the show?

A) It was kind of an on the whim thing. My sister had applied for cycle six and they called her back for cycle seven. She was going to get a chance to go to a more exclusive interview time where there wouldn’t be as many people and she asked if I could come along. I decided to go with it!

Q) What did you learn most about modeling from the show?

A) I learned a lot about modeling! I learned better ways to take pictures and the ins and outs of the industry. I learned to keep my chin up and to make sure you show your neck. Eyes are a big focus point and I learned mostly little things. I learned that you have to be confident.

Q) Do you regret going on the show?

A) No, it was a cool experience. I don’t regret it at all. It was a lot of fun.

Q) Have you come to terms with your sexuality?

A) No, I am still in limbo-land. I am working on it.

Q) Do you feel like you’re a role model for those struggling with their sexuality?

A) I guess I kind of am.  I don’t think I should be since I don’t know what I want. I guess in a way I am.

Q) What did you like most about your time in Spain?

A) The country is just really beautiful. I loved the environment and just hanging out with the girls. The architecture was really amazing. That caught my attention a lot.

Q) Did you feel CariDee’s comment was clearly a joke or was it out of line?

A) I thought it was a joke. They kind of blew it up out of proportion afterwards. It, actually, seemed like a joke the whole time and then later on we left and Mr. Jay came to us, making a big deal. We thought it was no big deal and then out of the blue it was a big controversy.

Q) Do you feel your age was a disadvantage to you?

A) I think it was slightly because the older girls had a little bit more experience in life so they knew what they wanted a little more and had more knowledge of the industry. There was also an advantage since younger girls appeal more to the agencies. Being too old is a bad thing.

Q) Who did you feel was your biggest competition?

A) I want to say, personally, my twin because we had to fight against each other for the same look. Overall, I think Melrose was because she knew a lot about the industry and kind of knew the ins and outs. So, I feel she kind of had a leg up. She knew so much about fashion that it kind of put her a step ahead.

Q) Why do you feel you lacked confidence?

A) I think it was due to indecision since I wasn’t sure what I wanted. It’s easier to go for something when it’s been your dream all your life. I was kind of wavering in between so it kind of made me a little less confident because I wasn’t sure what I wanted.

Q) How did you feel having to leave Amanda?

A) I was okay with it. I wished her the best of luck and I hope she does well.

Q) Did you leave a note for anyone when you left?

A) I left everybody notes. I told Amanda that I wished her luck and said she better kick ass. I left CariDee a note saying she had better do her best and just be the persona that she is. There is no use in hiding since it’s gotten her this far. I thanked Melrose and them for dressing me up for dinner that one time because it was fun. I wished her the best and the same with Eugena.

Q) What was your favorite photo shoot?

A) I think my favorite was the stereotype shoot because it was a lot of fun on the set. Everyone was acting out their stereotypes and it was just a lot of fun.

Q) Have you maintained your new look?

A) No, I haven’t maintained the red. I kept the layers, but I haven’t really had the chance to re-dye it. I plan to, but I haven’t really done it yet.

Q) Since you were unsure if you wanted to be a model, what are you going to do now that you are no longer on the show?

A) I’m going to finish out my basketball season that I am in right now and this semester of college. Then, I think I am, actually, going to go for the modeling thing.

Q) Who do you think is going to win the show?

A) I hope my sister wins! If not, then I hope CariDee wins. My sister or CariDee are my picks.

Q) What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?

A) I’d say thanks for supporting me and, hopefully, I don’t let them down!

To learn more about Cycle 7’s Michelle Babin, visit her bio page here.

Source: Starry Constellation Magazine
Source: The CW / Charlie Altuna

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In November of 2006, Reality TV World interviewed Cycle 7‘s Michelle Babin following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Belinda Trotter):

INTERVIEW: Michelle Babin talks about ‘America’s Next Top Model 7’

It’s such a waste of time and space when girls get on the show and then realize that they really don’t want the life as a model after all. This is the case with twin model Michelle. A few fans were really looking forward toward having the first twin winners of ANTM. Oh well, maybe in another life time. After being eliminated from the competition, she seems a little relieved that the pressure is off and she can relax in her normal world. Michelle reveals why she lost her confidence, the gay issue and competing with her sister. Read this and much more in our exclusive interview with the fallen twin…

Q: Whose idea was it to enter the competition?
A: It was Amanda’s idea. We had been doing some modeling prior to the competition. I’m more into basketball but, I thought it would be fun to meet new people and do new things.

Q: Did you guess that you would get this far?
A: I had no idea that we would get this far. I was just hoping for the best.

Q: Why did you start to lose your confidence in the middle of the competition? People are still talking about your brilliant portrayal of someone with an eating disorder photo shoot.
A: I did not lose my confidence. I just felt bad for the other girls who left the competition because they wanted it so badly. Modeling was never my dream and was never a life or death situation. I felt bad for Brooke who left the show crying. It was really hard to watch because she wanted this so badly. I felt I should not be there and that another girl should take my place.

Q: Why did you feel you had to reveal that you may be gay?
A: Actually we all did interviews with the director of the show. The question was asked of me and I tried to answer it honestly. I was sitting on the bed with the other girls and they asked me what happened when it was my turn to speak with the director. So, I told them what I said. Of course, that’s what they caught on camera. I really did not care if it got out or not. I think it was better that the girls hear it from me than letting it spread around the house like gossip.

Q: Did you find out who Michelle is or are you still searching?
A: I’m still searching. I’m young and I have my whole life ahead of me.

Q: Some people feel that you may have sabotaged yourself in order to give Amanda strength to move forward. What are your thoughts?
A: I did not consciously go into the elimination ceremony thinking that I want to be eliminated. I felt like being honest when they asked me the question.

Q: What were your best and worst shoots?
A: That’s easy… The best were the editorial shoots. I think they’re more interesting. The worst was the wobbling runway. Whoever thought of that was way off.

Q: What type of training did you get throughout the competition?
A: We never got any training. Our training was on set. They would show us different ways to extend your neck. I thought we would get a lot of training from Miss. J. It was weird that we did not see much of him.

Q: Why did it take so long for you and Amanda to get to your go sees?
A: The editing did not show it but we actually made it to six go sees. There was a guy giving us wrong directions. I wanted to go one way and Amanda wanted to go another. I ended up being right.

Q: What have you learned about yourself through the competition?
A: I now know that I have time to know myself. I can live life and have fun while getting to know me.

Q: What are you going to do now?
A: I am going to finish out the season with my team playing basketball and then I am going to pursue a career in modeling.

Wow! Good for her. I am glad she knows that the editorial market will be the best place for her. In time, hopefully she will have a better runway walk. Michelle definitely received valuable insight on knowing that she can take her time and live life to the fullest. It’s too bad that the girls who leave the show because their self confidence is not up to par are too late to win the competition. Thank goodness it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.

To learn more about Cycle 7’s Michelle Babin, visit her bio page here.

Source: Reality TV World
Source: The CW / Charlie Altuna

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In November of 2006, Reality TV Magazine interviewed Cycle 7‘s Michelle Babin following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Joe Reality):

America’s Next Top Model Eliminee… Michelle

It’s such a waste of time and space when girls get on the show and then realize that they really don’t want the life as a model after all.  This is the case with twin model Michelle.  A few fans were really looking forward to having the first twin winners of ANTM.  Oh well, maybe in another life time.  After being eliminated from the competition, she seems a little relieved that the pressure is off and she can relax in her normal world.  Michelle reveals why she lost her confidence, the gay issue and competing with her sister.  Read this and much more in our exclusive interview with the fallen twin,

QUESTION:  Whose idea was it to enter the competition?
MICHELLE:  It was Amanda’s idea.  We had been doing some modeling prior to the competition.  I’m more into basketball but, I thought it would be fun to meet new people and do new things.

QUESTION:  Did you guess that you would get this far?
MICHELLE:  I had no idea that we would get this far.  I was just hoping for the best.

QUESTION:  Why did you start to loose your confidence in the middle of the competition?  People are still talking about your brilliant portrayal of someone with an eating disorder photo shoot.
MICHELLE:  I did not loose my confidence. I just felt bad for the other girls who left the competition because they wanted it so badly.  Modeling was never my dream and was never a life or death situation.  I felt bad for Brooke who left the show crying.  It was really hard to watch because she wanted this so badly.  I felt I should not be there and that another girl should take my place.

QUESTION:   Why did you feel you had to reveal that you may be gay?
MICHELLE:  Actually we all did interviews with the director of the show.  The question was asked of me and I tried to answer it honestly.  I was sitting on the bed with the other girls and they asked me what happened when it was my turn to speak with the director. So, I told them what I said.  Of course, that’s what they caught on camera.  I really did not care if it got out or not.  I think it was better that the girls hear it from me than letting it spread around the house like gossip.

QUESTION:  Did you find out who Michelle is or are you still searching?
MICHELLE:  I’m still searching.  I’m young and I have my whole life ahead of me.

QUESTION:  Some people feel that you may have sabotaged yourself in order to give Amanda strength to move forward.  What are your thoughts?
MICHELLE:   I did not consciously go into the elimination ceremony thinking that I want to be eliminated.  I felt like being honest when they asked me the question.

QUESTION:  What were your best and worst shoots?
MICHELLE:  That’s easy, The best were the editorial shoots.  I think they’re more interesting.  The worst was the wobbling runway.  Whoever thought of that was way off.

QUESTION:  What type of training did you get throughout the competition?
MICHELLE:  We never got any training.  Our training was on set. They would show us different ways to extend your neck.  I thought we would get a lot of training from Ms. Jay.  It was weird that we did not see much of him.

QUESTION:  Why did it take so long for you and Amanda to get to your go sees?
MICHELLE:  The editing did not show it but we actually made it to six go sees.  There was a guy giving us wrong directions.  I wanted to go one way and Amanda wanted to go another.  I ended up being right.

QUESTION:  What have you learned about yourself through the competition?
MICHELLE:  I now know that I have time to know myself.  I can live life and have fun while getting to know me.

QUESTION:  What are you going to do now?
MICHELLE:  I am going to finish out the season with my team playing basketball and then I am going to pursue a career in modeling.

Wow!  Good for her.  I am glad she knows that the editorial market will be the best place for her.  In time, hopefully she will have a better runway walk.  Michelle definitely received valuable insight on knowing that she can take her time and live life to the fullest.  It’s too bad that the girls who leave the show because their self confidence is not up to par are too late to win the competition.  Thank goodness it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.

To learn more about Cycle 7’s Michelle Babin, visit her bio page here.

Source: Reality TV Magazine
Source: The CW / Jim De Yonker

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In November of 2006, Reality News Online interviewed Cycle 7‘s Michelle Babin following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Phil Kural):

“I Always Had Someone There I Trusted” – An Interview with America’s Next Top Model 7’s Michelle

Michelle was sent packing this season on America’s Next Top Model because the judges felt she didn’t have enough passion. Was that the case? Did Michelle want this more than we were shown? Find out right here what she has to say!

As a set, the twins made it all the way to the final five together, but Michelle was sent home over her sister (both were in the bottom two) because she had less desire to win the competition. I had a chance to talk with Michelle about her time on the show, and although I was expecting her to be fun and crazy like she was on the show, it was a pretty tame interview. I almost felt like she didn’t want to talk! Nevertheless, Michelle did answer some important questions for me, so here you go!

RealityNewsOnline: Hey, Michelle! First, let me thank you for taking time out of your day to talk with me today. Did you watch previous seasons of the show and was your main motivation for trying out for the show because your sister was?

Michelle: I saw episode of the show here and there. Mainly just the first and sixth seasons though. My main motivation for applying wasn’t simply because my sister was, but I’ll say that I never would have done so on my own since it never crossed my mind until she was doing it!

RNO: It was made clear to the viewer that you weren’t passionate about modeling, but understood you had a talent. Would you have continued in the competition had your sister not been picked to be in the house?

Michelle: Oh yeah, I definitely continued on. I would have felt bad had Amanda not made it into the house, but there is no way that I wouldn’t have still tried to win the thing.

RNO: Did you find that being part of the “twins” in the house was more of an asset or a liability? Was it ever used against you?

Michelle: I’d say that it was a little of both. It was an asset because I had my sister with me. I always had someone there I trusted. It was a liability because I always had to worry about not only myself, but my sister as well. I do think that the judges used it against us at times, comparing me to her and her to me, but I guess that was to be expected.

RNO: At any point did you think the other girls viewed having twins in the competition as unfair? Did anyone voice these concerns to you?

Michelle: Yes, some of the girls had a problem with it at first, especially during the semi-finals. However, I told them that they were born with their look and I was born with Amanda!

RNO: Do you regret picking Melrose to accompany you during the clothing challenge? Did she at least share a few things that she won? After all, she only won them because of you!

Michelle: Well, I wouldn’t say I regret picking Melrose. She did actually share the clothes with myself, Amanda and CariDee, but that was never shown. The editing so far has been great, and although they are showing Melrose as a big villain, she really is a nice person.

RNO: Did you have a feeling that the judges would put you in the bottom two with your sister and did you think you had a chance of staying over her?

Michelle: I kind of knew that for the past three eliminations, I was beginning to be on thin ice. You start to realize when your time was coming and I knew it would be me. As far as having Amanda next to me, I think once again that it was expected to happen.

RNO: You revealed something very personal about yourself on the show. Do you look back and regret telling the other girls about your confusion over your sexuality on camera?

Michelle: No, I don’t regret that at all. I actually told one of the casting directors about it first, but ended up telling the girls a little bit later. I don’t think anyone was bothered by it at all, aside from what you saw on the show.

RNO: It almost seemed as if you were a bit relieved when you were eliminated from the competition. Was that the case?

Michelle: I wouldn’t say that I was relieved that I was sent home. I was very disappointed about it. I was just happy that Amanda would continue in the competition.

RNO: Did it make it tougher or more frustrating for you when other girls would question your commitment to the competition and how did you handle the stress?

Michelle: Well, I obviously didn’t handle the stress too well since I ended up getting sent home! Na, I tried to show them that I just didn’t care what they thought. It did hurt when people would say to me that I didn’t want to be there, but I knew what I wanted, and couldn’t really listen to them.

RNO: I’m sure it’s a given that you are rooting for your sister to win, who else do you think has a good chance of winning the competition? Is there anyone else you are rooting for?

Michelle: Of course I’m rooting for my sister, but I’m also rooting for CariDee as well. She really does have a great look!

RNO: Why did you tell the judges that you felt CariDee had the most potential of the group over your sister, or even yourself? Is that something that upset Amanda, or that you wish you could have changed?

Michelle: Amanda wasn’t really all that mad. The reason I didn’t say my sister had the most potential was because at that time, my sister wasn’t acting like herself and her photos weren’t as strong as they were before. I felt that CariDee really did have the most potential and was putting forth the most effort.

RNO: I asked Jaeda two weeks ago about Melrose intentionally going out of her way to make the other girls look bad in front of the judges. Do you think it was Melrose’s intention or was she just trying to play up how much she practiced?

Michelle: I don’t think it was Melrose’s intention to make the rest of us look bad, I just think that she was trying to make herself look better, which in the process made it look like we weren’t doing as much as her. That’s up to her how she wants to present herself to the judges, but I don’t think she was going out of her way to make the rest of us look bad.

RNO: So what have you learned from the experience? Do you see yourself trying to get into the modeling industry or is it just not for you?

Michelle: I really do want to pursue modeling, and I plan on doing just that once the show has finished airing. We’ll have to see!

RNO: What are your other plans besides modeling? What else would you like to accomplish?

Michelle: Mainly to just finish school and get an education. That’s important to me.

RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to fans of the show? Do you have a MySpace page or any way that fans can get in touch with you?

Michelle: I don’t have a MySpace page yet, mainly because it’s against the rules of the competition and we aren’t allowed to. I’ll probably put one up after the show is finished. I do want to thank my family and friends, and everyone that has been so supportive of me!

RNO: Thanks, Michelle!

To learn more about Cycle 7’s Michelle Babin, visit her bio page here.

Source: Reality News Online
Source: The CW / Jim De Yonker

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In September of 2012, The Huffington Post posted an article regarding  Cycle 7‘s winner CariDee English commenting (via Gawker) on the recent discovery that Cycle 8’s Jael Strauss is addicted to meth. Here is the text from the post (written and posted by HuffPo Staff):

Jael Strauss Meth Addiction: CariDee English Sounds Off On Model, Tyra Banks In Gawker Comments

After the tragic news broke of former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Jael Strauss’ meth addiction, we figured someone from the show’s camp would adress the issue. First up? Fellow aspiring model and former contestant CariDee English proclaiming, “Tyra won’t do anything.”

Gawker covered the chilling trailer for Jael’s forthcoming drug-addiction intervention on “Dr. Phil,” and CariDee used the comment section to voice her opinion on what she considers reckless behavior by the “Top Model” big whigs in choosing visibly fragile Jael to compete in the first place:

“They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television. Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. Everything happens for a reason.”

It’s no secret that reality television shows frequently opt for wild, attention-seeking personalities — that’s the backbone of the entire institution, right? But Jael’s meth addiction brings into question how much responsibility shows like this should have regarding contestants once they’re off the air. CariDee also addresses this particular issue in regards to the models’ tough professional careers after they leave the show with their “Top Model” titles:

“I love love what I have made for myself since my win, but mentally, its horrific. And any girl who has been on ANTM can back me up. No one wants to take us serious as models… The fashion industry had NO idea how to market us. Our agents, our managers….. because we become a instant celeb…. but had a protforlio [sic] of a rookie model. Even though we just were named ‘TOP’ our place in line at Fashion World was at the bottom. The industry many times didn’t care about our name, but did turn a snobby cheek to the name ANTM.”

Come to think of it, “Top Model” contestants do fall off the radar once they’re off the show. When was the last time you saw one of them strut a major fashion week runway or grace the pages of a significant editorial post-filming? Obviously, Tyra can’t guarantee successful careers once models leave the show, but do you think she should have a responsibility to keep tabs on former contestants to ensure that they’re doing OK?

Here is the full transcription of Caridee’s comment on Gawker:

Tyra won’t do anything. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but, after there is no “Tyra Mail”. I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. I had no idea what the industry was really like. I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture. And critics and industry love to give us all shit for not being the next big supermodel. We all have done well, and we all had to do it on our own. I am not complaining, I am simply defending. I love love what I have made for myself since my win, but mentally, its horrific. And any girl who has been on ANTM can back me up. No one wants to take us serious as models. I am sure the show lost its credibility in producing a top model somewhere btwn making 3 cycles a year and posing on roller coasters. Tyra wasn’t there when the cameras stopped rolling, nor did she reach out. I got reached out by her “camp” asking if I would do a “All Star” cycle… I said “Whats the prize? Because last time the only thing I didn’t win was being taken seriously as a top model…” ( I declined after no consideration) The only person that has reached out to me directly is Nigel Barker. He even hired me.
Now this isn’t Tyra’s fault.. we are all capable of becoming anything… I am saying it would have been a good call to have some after show support…
When it boils down to it, there is just not a place for ANTM girls to fit post show. We just needed some guidance.. Are we “Reality Star” ? (ARRRGG I feel deeply that I have contributed more, and have more to offer professionally in The Arts than someone being taped from the shore of Jersey) I truly did the show because I am a model…. and a damn good one given the shot.. (pun intended)

I can’t say what made Jael though.

The fashion industry had NO idea how to market us. Our agents, our managers….. because we become a instant celeb…. but had a protforlio of a rookie model. Even though we just were named “TOP” our place in line at Fashion World was at the bottom. The industry many times didn’t care about our name, but did turn a snobby cheek to the name ANTM.

It’s not a curse, not even close. I chose to be on the show, and so did all the girls before me and after me like Jael. I do not regret anything I am so thankful I followed through with my decision to take that track to my dreams. Am I at the top? Yes.. and for anyone who can’t see this, look up instead of looking down at me, at us.

I am again only defending and providing insight.

I have had many wonderful clients. I love my work. I feel accomplished, and I have turned the business of “CariDee” into one I am proud of and love. I love to inspire people out there to go after what they want, let nothing hold them back.

Now, do I feel like a respected model on the other hand…

Poor girl. Having problems and then getting a hint of fame only make an addiction rise. They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show. All they saw was a personality good for television. Well, this hopefully will save at least her life and someone watching. Everything happens for a reason.

Not to worry, non of us make it out alive.

But heres to making it

CD

To learn more about Cycle 7 winner CariDee English, visit her bio page here.

To learn more about Cycle 8’s Jael Strauss, visit her bio page here.

Source: Gawker
Source: Huffington Post
Photo Source: Getty

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In November of 2006, IGN interviewed Cycle 7‘s Michelle Babin following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Staci Krause):

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.

To learn more about Cycle 7’s Michelle Babin, visit her bio page here.

Source: IGN
Source: The CW / Charlie Altuna

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In November of 2006, Hip Candy interviewed Cycle 7‘s Michelle Babin following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Hip Candy):

Michelle, one of the twins was eliminated last week on Top Model and I interviewed her earlier today. Check out my phone interview with her below as she reveals her future plans, who (besides her sister) she would like to see win it all, and the NBA team she’s currently rooting for…

Michelle: Hey.

Me: Hi Michelle! How are you?

Michelle: I’m good, how are you?

Me: Pretty good. Congratulations on making it to the Top 5!

Michelle: Thanks.

Me: Were you surprised that you lasted so long on the show?

Michelle: Um, yeah, I really didn’t think that I would last that long, but after seeing all of my photos, I wasn’t that surprised.

Me: Well you did take some good photos, but I gotta tell you, I was terrified of interviewing you or your sister Amanda because I could rarely tell you two apart on the show. (Michelle laughs)

Me: So who’s the oldest, you or Amanda?

Michelle: Amanda’s older.

Me: Really? I was figuring you to be the oldest. Tell me, was it harder or easier being on the show with your sister?

Michelle: I think it was easier because I had my sister there for moral support, but at the same time, it was harder because I had my sister to worry about.

Me: Well I was watching some footage of you and your sister and found out that both of you were in college before the competition but you were actually attending separate colleges.

Michelle: Yeah we went to rival colleges. Her college had a better theater program and my school had a better basketball program so we chose our schools based on what we liked.

Me: And you played basketball, were you any good?

Michelle: Um, well, I wasn’t like the star of the team but I enjoy it, I have fun with it.
Me: Ok, let’s talk Top Model. Would you say that your experience on the show was a good one?

Michelle: Yeah, I feel like I had a really good experience on the show.

Me: I’m just asking because you seemed to be a little unsure of who you were and what you really wanted to do while you were on the show.

Michelle: Well yeah, I mean, I’m a normal teenager, I didn’t know what I wanted. While I was on the show, I just wasn’t sure if I had the same passion as the other girls, and because of that, I kind of felt bad at times for being there.

Me: You did say that the being on the show helped you to figure out a little bit of who you were as a person, are you more resolved on who you are now?

Michelle: Yeah, I can agree with that.

Me: Ok, let’s get to the elimination, because when it got down to you and your sister being the last two to get a photo from Tyra, I thought that your sister Amanda might be eliminated by the way Tyra kept praising your “natural talent”. Were you surprised when you were eliminated?

Michelle: Um, I expected it from the beginning because I kinda knew that it would end that way… you know, I thought I was gonna go because judging from a couple past episodes, the judges usually keep the one who wants it the most.

Me: The judges made a comment that they thought you might have been “sacrificing yourself” so that your sister could have a better chance at winning the Top Model title. And you even said that you thought you might have been a distraction to your sister and that you didn’t want her to leave because it was her dream. So do you think you sacrificed yourself for your sister to have a better chance?

Michelle: Maybe subconsciously a little bit I might have sacrificed myself because I knew my sister had taken a bad photo in the last challenge and she might have gone home that week. But I didn’t consciously go into eliminations thinking that I’m going to purposely not do well, I actually thought I was in the clear because I had taken a pretty good photo. But the panel challenges got me, I was just never really good at those.

Me: Do you have any regrets in the competition, anything you wish you could go back and do differently?

Michelle: Um, no I don’t regret anything, I probably wouldn’t do anything different, maybe during my final panel challenge, I might have talked a little less!

Me: Are you going to keep the red hair?

Michelle: Right now, it’s not red anymore, because it was a semi-permanent color, so it’s pretty much faded out, but I’ll probably color it back.

Me: Well it looked good on you. So what are your plans now that the show is over?

Michelle: I’m gonna finish out this semester of college and then continue to pursue modeling.

Me: Besides your sister Amanda, who would you like to see win this season of Top Model?

Michelle: Um… Caridee.

Me: Ok, let’s do my fun questions! Since you play basketball and you now have modeling experience, I’m gonna throw out some terms and see how good you are… Ready?

Michelle: Okay.

Me: What’s a “bounce pass”?

Michelle: That’s where you bounce the ball on the court to pass it to another player.

Me: What’s a “jump ball”?

Michelle: At the beginning of the game the officials throw up the ball between two people and whoever tips it to their player, they have possession of the ball.

Me: Wow great! But I have to tell you, I didn’t know some of these terms before I looked them up… (Michelle laughs) Ok, on to the model questions. What’s a “catwalk”?

Michelle: It’s the runway path when you’re walking down the runway.

Me: Alright, how about a “go-see”?

Michelle: The audition that you go on to meet with different modeling agencies.

Me: Do you have a favorite NBA team?

Michelle: The Lakers right now.

Me: How about a favorite fashion model?

Michelle: Gabrielle Reese.

Me: Supermodel, basketball star or both?

Michelle: Both!

Me: Well that’s all I have! Thanks Michelle for taking the time to speak with me, and much success to you in the future!

Michelle: Thank you!

To learn more about Cycle 7’s Michelle Babin, visit her bio page here.

Source: Hip Candy
Source: The CW / Jim De Yonker

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