In May of 2005, interviewed Cycle 4’s Christina Murphy. The interview summarizes her feelings on being a “celebrity,”  how she felt behind the cameras and how she interprets being critiqued by her fellow contestants in the end. Here is the text from the article (written by Girl Posse Staff):

The Interview

Christina isn’t the “ice queen”, as she’s been dubbed on America’s Next Top Model. In fact, her friends would describe her as “goofy, funny” and one that doesn’t hesitate to make fun of herself. “I’m all about having fun and enjoying life” Christina told me on the phone. “Obviously there’s a time for work and a time for play …” she added that she was down to Earth. So why the image? Christina believes that maybe it was her way of dealing with the pressure. “It was hard. I wish I would have put myself out there more at panel. Shown the more goofy side of me that the other girls saw.”

Having made it to the final five girls, Christina finds it a bit “weird” watching herself on TV. “Sometimes I forgot things that happened. Or I’ll watch and think, ‘oh, I’m going to say this’ or ‘oh, that’s when this happened.'” When I asked her how it felt to be famous she laughed out loud. “It’s surreal. People coming up and asking for autographs.”

Christina is like many other girls out there. A student at Florida State, she likes hanging out with her friends.. living the college life.” She auditioned for America’s Next Top Model for a change, something different to do. She wasn’t new to modeling – having done a little work in Tokyo and Barcelona “long before the show” – yet she learned a lot about the industry. “We learned so much in such a short amount of time. It was overwhelming actually.” What came across to her above everything else was the need to stay true to yourself. “Anywhere you are, whomever you’re with. Be humble. Be appreciative.”

She had expectations for herself when the show began, and we talked about those. “My goal was to be the last one standing of course, but that didn’t happen. I wanted to soak in all the knowledge, advice, everything we experienced” she explained. “I feel like I’ve grown as a model. I’m a stronger person. It changed me a little, too. Not who I am, but it made me a better person … turning the critiques from others into positive. It was good.”

But some of those critiques also came from her co-contestants, all of whom had become friends. In her final panel, all of the girls had to critique each other’s photos, and their ability to be America’s Next Top Model. Did she think that is was fair?” That was hard. Do I think it was fair? If I had the choice whether to do that or not, I would have chosen not to. But it was a challenge we had to do.” But she saw what the judges were really going for … to find out what they had learned about the industry so far.” It made us uncomfortable. You don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. The critiques from her friends were “a little discouraging. It’s hard to hear from critics. It’s even harder to hear it from people you know on a day to day basis.”

Having lasted as long as she did on the show, Christina took part in numerous photo shoots. I asked her which one was her favorite. “I have two favorites. The first was the alien shoot; it was our first photo shoot. It was awesome.” She loved that she got to take on a different character and have fun with it. ‘But my favorite photo was the graveside picture. I’m not a lusty girl, so it was a challenge for me.”

Would Christina do it all over again?” Yes. Without even thinking twice. And why not? In addition to becoming a household name, getting the inside track to the modeling industry and living in a swank place, she was also able to travel to South Africa. “It was beautiful.” Though they were extremely busy working while she was there, they were able to spend a couple of days adventuring out.

To learn more about Cycle 4‘s Christina Murphy, visit her bio page here.

Photo:  CWAnton Robert