September 15, 2010
Interview With Kari from America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6
Kari, the third eliminee from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 6, offered a sweet, fresh, innocent look. A photographer’s dream, Kari presented a myriad of striking styles, elements and features. She may appear young, but after talking to this dazzling beauty, I’ve discovered Kari’s more than just another pretty face.
Hi Kari! How’re you? Thank you for talking to me this morning.
Hi. I’m good. No problem.
Were you surprised at being the third eliminee this season?
I guess you could say I was surprised. I wasn’t really expecting to go home that soon in the competition. I thought I had been doing quite well so yeah, it definitely came as a shock to me.
Had you watched America’s Next Top Model previously? What appealed to you about the show?
I have always been a fan of America’s Next Top Model. I always watch the reruns of the previous cycles on Sunday afternoons. What was most appealing was just the whole opportunity of being out in L.A. or New York and getting the opportunity of working with people in the industry that have been there for many years and know what they’re doing; and kind of put you out there … have your face out there. I mean, you’re on national TV so it’s a good experience to kind of get your name out there.
Was the experience at all what you expected it would be?
You know, going into it you really don’t know what to even expect. I’ve definitely never been in this situation like I was put in. You see it on TV and you always know that reality TV is a little different than how they show it on TV. I knew there was going to be aspects of it that were different but it was a great experience and I got a lot out of it. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
The photo shoots have been really creative and a lot of fun; which shoot was the most challenging for you?
Probably the first one. It was my first photo shoot ever. I’ve never had any modeling experience. The whole fact of being bald was kind of a scary thing. You have to know how to work your angles as they said. Having no hair is kind of a disadvantage to most girls. I’m a girl with a lot of hair so I wasn’t used to that. Like I said, it was my first photo shoot ever and knowing the pressures on you and if you don’t exactly perform to what they kind of expect, then you could be going home.
Did you go into the competition with areas you needed improvement on? What were they?
Well I never even thought about modeling until this experience. I went to the audition. I had two calls … I came. I pretty much went for my grandma cause she kept calling me about going to the audition. Probably the thing I was worried about is that I’m not skin and bones. I mean I work out; I’m an athlete and I’ve done sports all my life but I’m not one of those girls that’s just naturally tiny so I knew that might be a factor in it. A lot of the girls in the show were very small built and I knew that was something that would also make me stand out to that I had more curves … to look at modeling from a different aspect.
What was the most difficult part about standing in front of the judges?
Well the thing is you’re in front of five people that are there to try to rip you apart you know, one by one I guess you can say, but you’re glad that you’re there and they kind of critique you and tell you kind of what to work on. You know you’re standing there in front of all of America and you’re kind of out there – you just kind of throw yourself out there for them to criticize. You never know what they’re going to say. You never know if they’re going to like it or if they’re not going to like it. There’s just a lot of things going through your head about what to expect and no one wants to be criticized in front of all of America.
When you took your first stumble on the runway did it shake your confidence? What kept you focused?
When I first stumbled; you know I’m not a girl that wears heels too often so I knew it was going to be more challenging for me. I just never had any modeling experience. Never done runway or anything like that. So, the first time I knew I was going to be a little shaky. I knew I was going to have to work on it. I do have balance. I’m not as clumsy as I looked. When it came to the 8-inch heels that we walked in, I’m a size 7, which doesn’t sound very much in the modeling world. Usually the taller they are the bigger shoe they’ll wear. I have really little feet. They also didn’t have the sizes that fit me so that also played a large factor that I was wearing shoes 2 ½ sizes bigger than my normal shoe.
Your portfolio photos are beautiful. Do you have a favorite?
Yeah definitely my favorite was the ice shoot. I love the whole fact of the ice sculptures and thought it was a gorgeous shoot, very different; nothing like I’d ever done before. That was definitely my favorite. I had the most fun with that. I think I was better than they expected me to be cause it was really cold. Yeah, that was definitely my favorite photo shoot.
At this point, would you prefer print modeling over runway?
I have always looked at it … they say I have a more commercial look and I would really enjoy doing more of the commercial side of it; more magazines, more print, you know, more actual commercials. That’s definitely the side I’m looking at. I’m not necessarily built to be a runway model. You know, I was the shortest one at 5’8” and more curvy so doing more swimsuit photo shoots and things like that are definitely something I would look into more.
What do you have planned for your future?
I’m keeping my options open. I’m in school right now. Actually I’m a freshman at South Dakota State University. I’ve been going to school this last semester as soon as I got back from the show. I’m going to finish this semester out then do whatever comes my way. I’m kind of an open book. I’m not going to give up. I’ll maybe go to New York or L.A. and visit some agencies and see what works out for me.
We’re sorry you were eliminated so early. We have a feeling you’ll go far.
Thank you very much. Bye!