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In September of 2010, San Diego Union Tribune posted an article regarding Cycle 15‘s Rhianna Atwood and her appearance on the show. Here is the text from the article (written and posted by Diane Bell):
San Diegan competing on ‘Top Model’ has a leg up
She describes her occupation as a “world explorin’, dance feverin’, people lovin’, wild child.” But the 20-year-old San Diegan from San Carlos, who will be known to TV viewers only by her first name, Rhianna, is gunning to be “America’s Next Top Model.”
She is competing for that title with 13 other hopefuls on the new season of the Tyra Banks’-led modeling reality show that begins airing Wednesday at 8 p.m. on XETV/Channel 6.
Rhianna Free Atwood, who graduated from Patrick Henry High in 2008, eschews “cheap clothes.” But she has no designer shoe favorite as long as “it’s high as hell.” That sets the 6-foot-1½-inch model hopeful apart from her 6-foot-2 competitor, Ann from Dallas, who calls her favorite shoes “flats.”
Rhianna can’t wait for the premiere, which she’ll watch at a friend’s house, to find out “what the judges said about me” when she wasn’t in the room.
Shocking wake-up call: Early Thursday morning a beach maintenance worker found what he suspected was a human torso that had washed up under Scripps Pier in La Jolla.
Police and lifeguards responded to the call, then contacted the county Medical Examiner’s Office. The remains were soon determined to be those of an animal, most likely a sea lion or seal.
But such alarming finds are not infrequent, said S.D. lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma, estimating one comes in every four to six months.
“To the layman, the bones look like they could be from a human being,” he explained. “When we get the report, we call in a forensic pathologist. We don’t make the determination ourselves.”
The carcass was quickly disposed of by UCSD police.
I do, I do: Chula Vista Councilman and recent mayoral candidate Steve Castañeda married in true California style — a sunset wedding on Coronado Beach.
He and U-T reporter Tanya Mannes exchanged vows the other day surrounded by about 50 friends and family members dressed in eclectic California style. They wore everything from Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops to formal suits.
One drawback of marrying a public figure, notes Mannes, who writes for the U-T’s Business section, is that she won’t be able to cover Chula Vista politics.
The impossible dream: Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron, was asked to please use her singing appearance at Friday night’s Padres game to break the team’s losing streak.
Win or lose, she wouldn’t take credit. “I used to work for the Washington Nationals, and we know all about losing.”
October 4, 2010
Exclusive Interview with Rhianna of ‘Top Model’ Cycle 15: ‘I Fell in Love with All the Girls!’
Despite her vocal concerns that she was getting outshined by frontrunner Ann, her direct competition, Rhianna Atwood’s elimination still came as quite a surprise last night on America’s Next Top Model. She’d shined during last week’s fallen angel photo shoot, but now here she was, being told by Tyra that her performance in the undersea photo shoot showed a lack of versatility, as her fellow models looked on and shed quite a few tears.
I had the chance to chat with Rhianna and found out why her competitors were so enamored, not just of her unique look, but also of her sweet, thoughtful personality. Despite agreeing with the consensus that she was booted too early, she had only nice things to say about her time on Top Model:
What was life like in the Top Model house?
There wasn’t a lot of drama at all. It was really smooth. When I first thought about it, I was like, “Oh it’s going to be a bunch of girls who want to steal my stuff and sabotage me and fight,” and it was completely different. It wasn’t like that at all. I was really happy because I made a lot of good friends.
Which girls did you connect with?
I fell in love with all the girls, but at first it was Ann, and then Lexie, and Terra andEsther and Jane, mostly.
You said Ann was your biggest competition, but you two were also friends. So what happened there?
From the time we met, we just instantly connected. I wanted to help her out with her walk and stuff. And she’d help me out. We’re just really not the typical model girls on this show.
What do you most regret from when you were on the show, and what are you most thankful about?
I don’t really regret anything at all, other than that I didn’t get to experience more of it, because I did my best at all times. But what I’m most grateful for is that I made it far enough to be immersed in what this industry has to offer, and falling in love with potentially my new job. And getting so many pictures and awesome friends.
Which of your photos are you most proud of?
I didn’t like the bullying one, but I really liked the underwater photo shoot. I liked the fallen angel one, because we had the male models.
I actually thought your fallen angel photo was the best out of the batch.
Yeah, I read the blogs and they mentioned me and stuff. Like, “You got robbed!” So that was nice.
Yeah, that’s a definite consensus. Do you feel like you got robbed? That you were eliminated too early?
I mean, of course, totally. I didn’t want to go home, I wanted to keep going. But I don’t know. I didn’t really try to be anybody I wasn’t. I didn’t want to lose any of my dignity. I just tried to take amazing photos, be the nicest person I could, and be polite and grateful.
What do you think about this high fashion angle that the cycle took this season?
I think it was a great approach to make the show more serious, and also grab the attention of a lot of people who saw it as a joke, or thought that it wasn’t doing what it should have been. Definitely upping the stakes like that got all of us really excited. All these photographers and designers that are huge. It was awesome.
How did you feel about being put into the “quirky” category in the beginning? Did you embrace that label?
I think that that is fitting, I guess. The “miscellaneous” group, if I’m not mistaken. Undefinable. I guess I did embrace that with my word, which was “undefinable.” I think that group was perfect, because it wasn’t really a group. It was a bin. A leftover bin.
Who do you think should win?
I would love to see Jane or Esther or Kendal win. I think because they have a lot to contribute. Their looks are so beautiful and dynamic. Kendal, of course, perfect Naomi Campbell. She’s a shoo-in. Jane, it’s her effortless face. Just timeless. Estheris just so gorgeous. They need to put a girl like that on the cover of Vogue Italia, and see more voluptuous girls.
Do you plan to continue modeling?
Yes, I hope this is the first step for what I really, really want to do. Hopefully it puts me out there to the right people.
October 4, 2010
In September of 2010, Digital Spy interviewed Cycle 15‘s Rhianna Atwood following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Lara Martin, News Editor):
Rhianna (‘America’s Next Top Model’)
Nobody can say that Rhianna Atwood’s final week on America’s Next Top Model wasn’t interesting! The San Diego native was first strapped to a rollercoaster and told to convey fear, before being pushed between two panels of water and asked to channel a goddess of the sea by famed photographer Matthew Rolston. Unfortunately, the judges were concerned about her versatility and she was given the axe on Wednesday night’s episode. We caught up with her to chat about the experience…
Did you expect to be going home at panel?
“I did when me and Liz got the bottom two because she had won the challenge and I didn’t think she would get kicked off because of that. I didn’t think I was going to get cut before that though, because I thought I did well at the photoshoot.”
What did you think of the judges’ concern that maybe you weren’t a versatile model?
“I didn’t think it was correct because I think I am very versatile. I base pretty much my whole life and my style on being a versatile person. When they said that it was kind of like a low blow. I was like, ‘That’s not true!'”
In the photoshoot Mr Jay suggested that you only had one pose. Did you know that you weren’t maybe producing what they wanted or did you think it was all going okay?
“I thought everything was going good because every single time the photographers would give me this great feedback and tell me like, ‘Oh do that, do that; more; you’re doing it right; you’re beautiful; more of that’. Then it was different when I got to the panel because they told me I didn’t do as good when the photographer would tell me I did great. It was unexpected, definitely.”
How was it being photographed by Matthew Rolston?
“I think that one was my favorite photoshoot because of all the diamonds and the visualization. The thought he took beforehand; he had to have a dream about that photoshoot because it was elaborate and beautiful. I loved my picture from that shoot. I think my picture and Ann’s picture and Kayla’s picture were my favorite for that week.”
You told Nigel you loved rollercoasters so was that challenge fun for you as opposed to terrifying like it was for the other girls such as Chris?
“It was a lot of fun; I was really excited to do it, but once I got on the ride and they were telling me to be fearful like somebody had told me I would never work in this town again, I started blacking out a little bit and got tunnel vision and stuff started closing in during the ride. I tried to hold my composure but it was really hard; I wanted to scream but I wanted to hold my composure.”
You just said you liked Ann’s picture this week and at the beginning of the episode you mentioned that she was competition. Was that because of your similarities and do you think it factored into your going home?
“I think I was a bit worried because she had been getting all the call-outs and she was my competition. I always remembered that I had to do better than her rather than doing better than the other girls because she was directly influencing my place in the competition, even though we were best friends. It was hard.”
What do you think of the fact she has won best photo three weeks in a row?
“I think she will definitely be a very successful model. She’s so unique and just blows everybody else out of the water. You can see that, she totally rocks it out.”
You’re 6ft 1½in and she is 6ft 2in but a lot has been made of her height this season. Do you think that was strange when you are so similar in height?
“I think it was kind of played out to be like that, she was the tallest girl so she got more of the attention…. She’s naturally that skinny. She can pound down a bunch of food and is just one of those lucky people!”
Did Kacey’s barbecue idea come out of the blue or had she mentioned it before?
“With the boy Shaw? She had told us at the photoshoot that she thought he was really cute. I thought my male model was so gorgeous so I was like, ‘I’m in! (laughs) Maybe you should call your boyfriend!?’ I don’t think anything happened. They kind of played it up a little bit more.”
It emerged last night that some of the other girls didn’t like Kacey. Why is she unpopular and people think she is fake?
“She was always really respectful to me and I saw her just be kind of passive aggressive or trivial sometimes with the other girls. Like, ‘Did you really intend for what you just said to be super mean or are you joking or something?’ People didn’t know what to think of her and we lost a lot of bonding time during the first casting week because she got in a fight with another girl or something like that. I thought she was nice, she was always nice with me.”
How was it working with Tyra? She seems to be spending more time with you this season.
“That was really cool; talking to her during the bullying episode was really cool because she is really cool and no matter what people say about her, she has always been [promoting] a positive image and the aim of the show is completely selfless; to make other people be great of her own greatness. I like her and she liked me during the entire thing and always stood up for me at panel. She was so sweet.”
What did you think when you found out the winner would get Italian Vogue?
“I thought that was perfect because I don’t really consider myself a cover girl look; not an American conventional pretty girl. I thought it was super fitting and especially if they are doing high-fashion and trying to be more serious with the show. It’s a really good turn on for people to watch it now that they know that the stakes are real and awesome.”
Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
“No, I don’t have any regrets because I realized with every moment on the show, if you do the best you can you’ll be satisfied with yourself. If you always do your best then there is nothing you can go back on.”
October 4, 2010
In September of 2010, Reality Wanted interviewed Cycle 15‘s Rhianna Atwood following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Gina Scarpa and Mike Bandy):
America’s Next Top Model Cycle 15: Exclusive Interview with Rhianna
Last night, on America’s Next Top Model, the girls competed in a photo shoot, posing with sea creatures underneath a panel full of water, filmed by renowned photographer Matthew Rolston. In panel, the judges felt that Rhianna looked too relaxed for their liking and she was eliminated. Today, we spoke to her in an exclusive interview about her rivalry with Ann, her inspiration when posing, and what lies ahead for this aspiring model.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What made you decide to try out for America’s Next Top Model? Have you watched previous cycles?
A. Rhianna: I was watching some of the new cycles. The casting was really close to my house this time and it never is. I went out and said, “Hey, what the heck? Maybe I’ll get picked or something,” and I did.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Was modeling something you were always interested in doing?
A. Rhianna: I’ve always wanted to model. I’ve always gotten lots of magazine subscriptions at one time and keeping up on everything that is new and I like.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Your personality seemed very laid back. What was it like living in a house with other girls who can be quite loud at times?
A. Rhianna: It got really loud at nighttime. I really enjoyed it because everyone was so different and most of us worked well together as a group of competing girls that all want the same thing. It was a fun. I have a lot of good memories.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Who do you stay in touch with?
A. Rhianna: We actually all talk but I always talk to Lexie, Jane, and Esther.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You mentioned that Ann was your biggest competition in the house. Did you have a friendship with her or did you not speak to her much?
A. Rhianna: She was the closest one to me. She was my direct competition and I knew that but that didn’t affect our friendship. We had a great time. We were little pranksters!
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Of the photo shoots you participated in, which was your favorite and why?
A. Rhianna: My favorite was my fallen angel one because it was on beautiful, Malibu beach. We hung out all day with beautiful boys. I’m so happy about the model that I got. I heard they got to choose us so I was like, “Oh my gosh! So hot!”
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: At casting, you were remembered for your creative posing, and cited nature as a big inspiration for you. What aspects of nature do you find most inspiring?
A. Rhianna: Really, everything about nature. Trees are amazing. They’re natural models. Animals are amazing. The sky is always been close to my mind, I guess… just how everything changes and looks different. It defies everything that mankind has to offer.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Which judge was your favorite?
A. Rhianna: I think that Tyra was my favorite. Diane von Furstenberg was very eloquent and composed. She was a beautiful soul.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What’s coming up next for you?
A. Rhianna: I’m gonna go around and shop agencies. Hopefully, I’ll get picked up by somebody awesome.