May 24, 2010
In April of 2005, TVGuide.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Noelle Staggers following her appearance and elimination from Top Model. The interview discusses her height, her elimination and wearing flip-flops in panel. Here is the text from the article (written by Ben Katner):
Top Model’s “Creepy” Skin Crisis
Before America’s Next Top Model kicks another Gisele Bundchen wannabe off the runway tonight (8 pm/ET on UPN), TVGuide.com wants — no, make that needs — to know why last week’s eliminee, Noelle Staggers, was kicked to the curb. The 20-year-old realtor’s assistant is cute as a button, has a personality that sparkles and, unlike some of her competitors, she has neither a disfiguring disease nor an inability to take a decent photo. What gives? Let’s ask her!
TVGuide.com: What gives?
Noelle Staggers: I think I just didn’t fit the model profile that they want to market — I’m short, you know, for the industry.
TVG: What’re you, from Munchkinland? You didn’t look pint-size.
Noelle: Well, I’m 5-foot-8, but in modeling… yeah, that is pint-size. My coworkers all said, “We’re so used to seeing you as tall, but on TV, you look so tiny compared to the other girls!” [I also think I got cut because] I’m kind of bubbly, sarcastic and goofy — very “girl next door.”
TVG: I would buy lipstick from the girl next door. Um, if I wore lipstick.
Noelle: [Laughs] I know. But I believe everything happens for a reason.
TVG: Have you figured out the reason this happened yet?
Noelle: Well, soon, I hope. Cross our fingers, right?
TVG: Since judge Janice Dickinson said she didn’t see a model when she looked at you, should we refer her to a good optometrist?
Noelle: I don’t know about that. Based on the feedback I got during the semifinals, she said that I had that star quality… that I was very outgoing in any situation. I’m not saying I’m ugly, but I think that definitely [helped me] in the beginning.
TVG: When you wore flip-flops to evaluation, the panel, well, flipped. Will you ever be able to look at them quite the same way again?
Noelle: Of course! I don’t hold grudges. I really don’t. They did what they thought was the best move they could make for the show. That’s not going to hinder my being successful in the business.
TVG: I meant “Will you ever be able to look at flip-flops the same way again?” But anyway… Your biggest stumbling block seemed to me to be how much you missed your son. How old is he?
Noelle: He just turned 2. He’s a handful! I missed a lot of the first-word type stuff [while competing on Top Model].
TVG: Really? What was his first word?
Noelle: His first word actually was cookie! The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
TVG: I know you did the show largely to be able to support your little boy, but did you ever consider instead just enrolling in college so you could stay in the same town as him?
Noelle: Well, college has never been an option for me… and I’ve never been a desk-type person. I mean, I love my job, and I’m not saying I’m leaving anytime soon, but I definitely belong in entertainment. I’ve known that since god knows when!
TVG: Now that you’re free to begin pursuing that career, what would you like to do, ideally?
Noelle: A little bit of everything. I definitely want to do more modeling, but I also want to get into some acting, because that’s something I’ve done since I was real small. I’m a Law & Order: SVU fan, so I would be stoked if [a guest gig] ever happened. Oh, my god!
TVG: Let’s talk a little about the big impetigo scare.
Noelle: Oh, good lord.
TVG: Your son has had to have come home with some freaky rashes before, and if he hasn’t, brace yourself, ’cause he’s gonna. So don’t you think you should have been a little mellower about Michelle’s blemishes?
Noelle: I think that, because of the bubble environment we were living in, that definitely helped escalate the situation. As you could tell, our only resource for news outside the house was our parents, and when all of our parents are telling us about this [potentially fatal, flesh-eating bacterial] thing that was on the news, that just kind of escalated everything. And yeah, I totally know I have a big mouth. I’m not even trying to deny it, actually! [Laughs] But you know, I think anyone would have reacted that way in that situation. I mean, you see a person and their skin starts to fall off… it’s just really kind of creepy.
TVG: Point taken. No makeovers that day.
Noelle: Exactly! No sleepovers, no doing each other’s hair or anything.
TVG: Do you think that because Michelle did develop this problem, she got a sympathy pass from the judges?
Noelle: I’ve tried not to read too much into it, you know? If I sit there and try to rack my brain forever about why I went and someone else didn’t, it’s just going to drive me crazy. There’s really no point in wondering.
TVG: So I shouldn’t bother asking if you think the judges kept Lluvy instead of you because she reminds them of their pet goldfish?
Noelle: [Laughs] I don’t know! I think that they saw the potential in her exotic looks, and that played a big part in it.
TVG: Will you get together with the girls someday and eat everything you couldn’t on the show?
Noelle: Absolutely. But I always eat everything I want! Are you kidding me? I’ve never been a dieter. Never, ever. If I want a Big Mac, I’ll eat it.
TVG: Noelle, I’m sorry to inform you that you are no longer in the running towards becoming my favorite America’s Next Top Model contestant. [Grumbles] Never been a dieter… Hmmph!
In April of 2005, RealityShack.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Noelle Staggers following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses the “flesh-eating disease,” being away from her son, and her elimination. Here is the text from the article (written by “Carrie”):
Interview With Noelle of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 4
Noelle took some fabulous photos, despite being the shortest contestant this cycle. Janice didn’t seem to think Noelle looked the part in person though, and even Tyra told her she wasn’t ‘modelesque’. Find out how Noelle is taking her elimination, and how her son reacted to seeing his mom on television!
Hi Noelle! How do you feel about the reasons behind your elimination? Do you think that the photos are more important than the ‘in person’ appearance?
I think they’re both important. They’re the professionals, and if they don’t think I’m “modelesque” enough, then that’s their call. I trust their opinions; they’ve been doing this for years.
I’m not too upset about the whole thing though, really! I wish I could cry for you and make up some sob story, but I’m just not upset. It was a great experience and I got do to all kinds of things I wouldn’t have done otherwise. What’s to be upset about?
What do you think it was that set you apart from the thousands of other applicants?
I’m loud! Maybe they thought they could use me as the disease card, with endometriosis. Ha! Seriously, I have the ability to be comfortable in any situation. I mean really, I was willing to walk in front of strangers, and on national TV, in a bra and panties after giving birth to my son.
Speaking of that, how did you get your shape back so well after delivery?
Oh, you’re going to hate me just like everyone else who has asked that question! I only gained 12 pounds during the entire pregnancy. I carried my son really far back and really high, so I never got stretch marks or anything like that.
Well I don’t hate you, but I’m a little envious! Okay, did you have to wait until the end of taping to see your son?
I saw my son when everyone else got to see their families. It was hard, but the reunion was even sweeter after all that waiting. I saw him in the car when they were pulling up, and I was just in tears!
How did Damien handle being away from you for so long?
Well my mom and my boyfriend’s parents looked after him (thank God!) while I was away, and they showed him lots of pictures and I got to talk to him on the phone. They read him the same stories that I read to him, and sang the same songs – they tried to keep things as normal as possible.
It was hard for him though. He cried every night for me. It broke my heart when they told me that.
So are you going to continue modeling now?
Oh come on! Do I really have to answer that question? YES! Of course.
That was so not the last time you’re going to see me! I don’t care if I have to break down doors, I’ll still be modeling!
You said on the show that you don’t really get the chance to watch runway models on TV because you’re busy with your son. Do you think you had a disadvantage because of that, or were the other girls unfamiliar as well?
Well, a lot of other girls had no idea what haute couture was either. Rebecca knows fashion, and Keenyah – that girl is a modeling genius. She knows everything about everyone.
But really, I mean I do my makeup in the car with my son in the back. When do I have time to learn this stuff?
How do you wear your hair now – curly or straight?
Oh boy, okay. My hair is naturally curly. I have to get up in the morning and get myself and a two-year-old ready to go out the door. I can either wash my hair and blow-dry it straight, which takes hours, or I can wash it, flip my head over and finger-comb it, and walk out the door.
So the answer would be curly.
Oh yeah. I do wear it straight occasionally, and it’s grown out again. It’s back down to my hips. I need to get it cut soon.
Did you let Damien watch Mommy on TV?
We did. He freaked out! “Momma? On TV? Nuh-uh!”
Should I tell you this? Why not. Remember the topless shoot we did? You know there were no nipples or anything showing, but at that time Damien was learning body parts. So he’s watching, and all of a sudden he says, “See boo-bee! Mommy boo-bee!” It was too funny!
Okay, I know you’ve been asked this all day, but do you think maybe you over-reacted just a bit to Michelle’s skin condition?
Oh, here we go! Totally, yes, I admit it. Straight up, I over-reacted. But look at it this way – I never said anything until I talked to my mom. Rebecca’s mom and Tatiana’s mom both said the same things too.
So when you’re watching someone’s skin falling off their face, and your family from the outside is telling you about this horrible flesh-eating disease that’s making headlines and killing people, who else wouldn’t over-react?
So yes, I over-reacted, but with good reason.
If you could trade places with one of the judges for one day, who would it be and why?
Hmm, there are two of them.
First, Tyra. Duh. She’s like an enterprise all on her own. Everyone knows Tyra Banks. And to be honest, I’d love to have boobs for a day. I have no boobs now that breastfeeding is done.
Second, and my boyfriend is going to kick my ass for this, but I’d trade places with Nigel. Just to see what it would feel like to be gorgeous and have an accent. You know, you’re there with a bunch of women and there’s no testosterone, and then here’s this great-looking guy with an accent …
But it would be fun to be a photographer too, and see what life is like on the other side of the lens.
Noelle, thanks a bunch – it was great fun talking to you! Good luck!!
Thanks Carrie – you’ll be seeing me again!
GirlPosse.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Noelle Staggers following her appearance and elimination from Top Model. Read on to find out how she felt about missing her son, growing up and how she fell into modeling. Here is the text from the article (written by Girl Posse Staff):
Noelle’s journey to America’s Next Top Model began like many others: as a fluke. Her mom had heard about a modeling competition in Reno and encouraged Noelle to go for it. She did, and won. As part of the prize package, she was then flown to Houston to meet with the casting director for ANTM. The rest, as they say, is history.
Noelle credits her childhood for her outgoing personality. “I moved around a lot as a kid. It made me sociable.” She says her life was fairly typical. She went to high school. Met the man of her dreams. Then had a baby. Noelle’s motherhood played a very big role in her stay with the other models. “I was like a big sister. The momma coming out. I wanted to take care of everyone. And they’re older than me!” she laughed.
Noelle’s separation anxiety from her son was difficult to deal with, and she believes it played in a role in her elimination. “They come hand in hand. Missing my son didn’t allow me to focus on the competition. Not that I didn’t give it my all. But that last photo shoot … working with the kids. I tried my best, but that was sooo hard.”
Tyra Banks helped alleviate some of Noelle’s fears about being a mom AND a model. “The industry is more lenient now. She really reassured me.” Noelle explained that today you can bring your kids to photo shoots, and still have them be a very big part of your life. “I had to ask, is this OK for my child” and she feels more confident than ever that it is.
SO what was it like to meet Tyra? “I love Tyra Banks!” Noelle exclaimed. “It was odd to meet Tyra. I’m half black, and grew up in a white neighborhood. I remember being a kid looking at magazines and thinking ‘wow – she has a big butt like I do.’ She looked more like me. It made me idolize her.” Growing up with a role model like Tyra was an inspiration to Noelle.
So was modeling harder than Noelle thought it would be? “It sounds like a cliche, but models have to work!” she laughed. “The faces are not as easy as it looks either. The hours are horrendous. I’m glad to have found that out.” As hard as the work was, and as much as Noelle missed her son, she would do it again “in a heartbeat!” Any regrets? “None. How scary is that? As much of a dork and as whiny as I was….” She added “I had a lot of fun. We would play around. We played MASH a lot. You know, the game from high school.” OK – now I’m trying to picture this group of women sitting around a decked out loft playing MASH. And somehow – I can just see it.
What is next for Noelle now? “Everything. I love to act. This introduced me to what I want to do.” I’m also going to keep Noelle’s promise of giving a shout out to the Girlposse crew when she accepts her first Oscar! We’ll be cheering her all the way to the Red Carpet!
Advice for future America’s Next Top Model Contestants:
“Be comfortable with who you are. Don’t change who you are for what you think they want. Be yourself.”
May 24, 2010
About.com interviewed Cycle 4’s Noelle Staggers following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses talking about her son on the show, thirteen women with PMS at the same time and the biggest lesson she learned while on the show. Here is the text from the article (written by Latoya West):
Interview with Noelle of America’s Next Top Model
Noelle, a 20-year-old realtor’s assistant and single mom from Reno, Nevada, was the fourth girl eliminated from America’s Next Top Model 4. Here’s what she had to say after her elimination.
On the worst part of being on America’s Next Top Model:
Being away from my son. And being with 13 other women who PMS at the same time isn’t easy either.
On Brittney’s comments that she talked about her son too much:
I think that anyone who doesn’t have children is going to think that way and that’s OK. I think that once they have a child, that people will understand. There’s just this hole inside of you when they’re gone that you can’t fill. Ignorance because of inexperience is not a bad thing. It’s just something that they’re going to have to experience for themselves. And when they have kids, they’ll say “Noelle, I see what you mean!”
On having a child at 18:
I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that I didn’t want it to deter any of my plans that I had. But I knew that they had to be put on hold. My son deserves to have a good life and he deserves to have an attentive mother. One who isn’t going to make him feel guilty for coming early. So I think I sort of just put things on hold. But now that he’s older, I said I can do this!
On the biggest lesson she learned on Top Model:
Not to take myself so seriously. A lot of us are very overcritical of ourselves. We expect too much of ourselves. Especially Michelle. She did that a lot on the show too. You have to be able to laugh at yourself when you do something funny or stupid. Be able to relax and be yourself.
On what it was like to be eliminated:
I just took it for what it was. I could just take it for what it was and take it as a stepping stone for what my dreams are going to be or I could just piss and moan about the fact that I didn’t win. And I am not a pisser and a moaner. I don’t like to feel sorry for myself and I don’t like to be pitied. So I just dust myself off…When it first happens, you take it for what it is and it’s OK. But everybody has that 15 minute crying session. It’s just that release.
On how her family and friends reacted to watching her on TV:
They loved it. They know who I am like all the time. They would catch certain parts and go “Oh my god, you make that face when we go to IHOP!” They were my biggest cheering section. They were my peeps. …My son thought it was funny. He couldn’t believe it. He kept going. “Momma, TV!” He didn’t understand the concept of being too places at once.
On who should win the competition:
I have a couple favorites. Rebecca, Kahlen, or Naima. Those are the three that I think are going to be good. Kailen is so unaware of her beauty and that’s what makes her a good model. And Naimi, gosh, we all know she’s perfect, and Becca — because that’s just my girl. She can kill it on the runway. She’s an amazing runway model.
On whether or not she would sign up for another reality show:
Depends on the reality show…I’m not a Surreal Lifer. No offense to anyone. That’s just not me. Maybe Real World. Possibly. Maybe not even that. I think I’m done with the reality show part of it. I think I’m ready to have the real stuff happen!
In April of 2005, Reality News Online interviewed Cycle 4’s Noelle Staggers following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses her auditioning experience, the flesh-eating bacteria debacle and her elimination. Here is the text from the article (written by Phil Kural):
“I Looked Just A Little Too Much Like The Girl Next Door” – An Interview with America’s Next Top Model 4’s Noelle
Noelle was the fourth girl eliminated this season on America’s Next Top Model. Find out here what she had to say about the experience, how she ended up on the show and what the deal was with Michelle and her alleged Flesh Eating disease.
It’s only every so often that I interview one of the “Top Model” girls, and the interviewee keeps me laughing the whole time. Noelle was one of those girls. Bubbly and energetic through the whole interview, Noelle had no problem laughing about herself and talking about her experience. This was probably one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done, and Noelle really shed some light on certain things. Read on to see what her thoughts were concerning why Lluvy has stuck around, what the mood of the house was when Brandy was gone, and what Noelle would compare Janice Dickinson to.
RealityNewsOnline: Had you watched any other seasons of the show, and what made you to apply yourself?
Noelle: I watching the show from the first season, but I wasn’t obsessed with it or anything. I knew who Adrianne was, and I know who the past girls are, but I can’t say I saw every episode.
How I ended up applying for the show was totally a fluke. My mom actually signed me up for a contest that I won, which let me film my audition tape right at the UPN studios, and allowed me to bypass the line and see the judges right away. Otherwise, I don’t think I ever would have ended up on the show.
RNO: So you didn’t even really “apply” for the show by going to an open call or sending in a tape, huh? You pretty much just got lucky?
Noelle: Exactly! I was totally lucky. I had no expectations of all this happening, just from my mom entering me in that contest!
RNO: Would you say that being away from your child was the hardest thing to adapt to through the experience? Had you not been a mother, do you think it would have been easier?
Noelle: Naturally, for me, the hardest part of the whole thing was being away form my son. I had never been away from him that long, so it’s rough since none of the other girls, except Tiffany, could really understand what the separation anxiety was like. However, I wouldn’t say that it would have been easier if I didn’t have a son. He’s part of the reason I made the show, so everything happens for a reason, and there was an order for it all. I just guess it wasn’t meant to be.
RNO: With the way Lluvy’s pictures had been critiqued, did you think you would be safe when the two of you were left standing in front of Tyra?
Noelle: No! It’s funny that you say that because everyone has been like “Oh, well, why didn’t Lluvy go before you?” Apparently, I wasn’t “modelesque” enough for the judges, but at least I got a reason as to why I was eliminated, when it seemed like some of the other girls didn’t get a reason. The judges look at more than just the pictures, and I think I looked just a little too much like the girl next door.
RNO: Did you feel bad that you started a wave in the house that Michelle had flesh eating bacteria, and did she ever find out people were saying that about her?
Noelle: Oh no! I knew this question was coming. She knew that we were saying we thought she had a Flesh Eating bacteria. I mean, after my mom said something, and I told the other girls, and their moms confirmed it, it was a domino effect. I guess I never should have gone around saying stuff though, since I do tend to have a big mouth. I guess it’s good that Tiffany’s grandmom put us all in our place.
RNO: How many hours in a day did you have for “down time?” Did you use that time to call your son?
Noelle: That would depend on the day. I tried to call him every night before bed, but sometimes we would be out so late doing a challenge or a shoot, that I would have to call him early in the morning. I did talk to him every day though, that’s for sure.
RNO: Did you have any modeling experience whatsoever before the show started, or was everything new to you?
Noelle: Everything was pretty new to me, but I did go to some modeling convention thing when I was 14. I was called by a few modeling agencies as a finalist, and did some local runway and print things, but nothing all that big. I had dome some acting, since I went to school for it, but that’s about all the experience I had.
RNO: Which shoot was your favorite to do, and which one would you like to take out of your portfolio?
Noelle: I had two shoots that I really loved. The first was the shoot that we did for 1-800-FLOWERS. I love animals, and working with the dogs was great. I also loved the “Got Milk?” photos that we did. I think it was the hardest, but it showed edge. The hardest photo, and probably the one I liked the least, was the shoot for the signs of the Zodiac. I wear a size 10 in shoes, so I have some pretty big feet, so it was hard for me to balance myself. I’m very clumsy, and had some real issues with the harness.
RNO: Was there ever a time besides the most recent elimination that you were concerned you might be going home?
Noelle: Oh yeah! I thought I was going home after the Zodiac shoot. I even went back and cried to all the girls thinking that it was my time to go. I had so much trouble on that shoot I figured that it was going to be Lluvy or myself.
RNO: What do you think Lluvy has that has allowed her to escape two eliminations so far, yet clearly has the weakest pictures of all the girls?
Noelle: You don’t understand how unique Lluvy’s features are. She has very full lips, she’s tall and has great eyes if she can pose them the right way. All that combined, she has shown that she has potential, and the judges want to see if they can pull it out of her.
RNO: When Brandy was eliminated, did things seem a little less tense in the house, or was she edited worse than she really was?
Noelle: Well, Brandy and I were really good friends prior to when we moved into the house. However, once the finalists moved in, we clicked with different people and slowly grew apart. The thing about Brandy was that she was very defensive and everything that happened to her in the house she took a great offense to. What you saw on TV were the same things we saw. I would say things were much more calm when she left, and MUCH more quiet.
RNO: It always seemed like when one of the girls had a problem, you were right there to listen. Do you think that trait comes with being a parent, or have you always been that way?
Noelle: Both! I have always considered myself a good friend. When I was going through problems, my friends were there to listen to me, and I wanted to be the same kind of friend and comfort people. However, being a mom, the instinct kicks in when you see people having problems. As a mom, you want to see everyone happy, so you do what you can to hear people out and let them vent, just like I did with Michelle. I’m the kind of person that when something is obviously bothering people, I confront them about it, and that’s what happened with Michelle. I didn’t go in there for her to tell me her secret, I went in there demanding why she was flipping out all the time, and she ended up spilling her guts.
RNO: As the number of girls began to dwindle, did any of the girls start to change their personalities from friendly to competitive?
Noelle: Some of the girls changed in that respect, but that’s the nature of the game. I think I was the same way. As girls were eliminated, I became more reclusive. Every step in the competition I got, I had to pull from within.
RNO: Which would you say is more painful — having a child, or listening to Janice?
Noelle: I would compare Janice to a contraction. At times, she was okay, giving us pointers and telling us what and what not to do. Then, when we were in front of the judges, she would totally let loose. So at times she could be bearable, but then there were those times when you thought it was the end!
RNO: What’s next for you? Did you want to try and still make it in the modeling industry, or do you plan to just focus on being a mom first.
Noelle: Oh, this is only the beginning from me. I want to do everything – modeling, acting, and whatever else comes my way. This is not the end of Noelle, no matter how much you want to get rid of me, I’m not going away!
RNO: Thanks, Noelle!