In April of 2005, interviewed Cycle 4’s Lluvy Gomez following her appearance on the show. The interview discusses her experience on Top Model, her unique name and the judges critique regarding her pisces photo. Here is the text from the article (written by “Carrie”):

Interview With Lluvy of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 4

Lluvy made it into the top fourteen on America’s Next Top Model because of her unique, exotic looks. Unfortunately she had trouble transferring her beauty to photographs and became the fifth casualty of this season. Fans will be happy to learn that she’s not going to give up though!

Hi Lluvy! Your name is so different – is there a story behind it, or were you named after someone?

Thank you! It’s actually a pet name from my older sister, from back when we were really little. My real name is Lluviana, which is Mexican. Lluvy means rain.

While you were watching the show on television, was it difficult for you to hear what the judges were saying behind closed doors?

It really was. I mean I had a feeling about who liked me and who didn’t, but some of the comments were surprising. Like Nole saying I looked like a marshmallow with lipstick, or what did he say on the last one? That I looked like a wet Chihuahua? I mean Chihuahuas are cute and all, but I was rolling off the couch laughing!

What about Janice’s comment that she would call you “SUV” from now on? What does that even mean?

Oh, Janice! I don’t know! I was watching that with my sisters and I was like “Is she calling me fat?” We had no clue. She used to call me that too, like “Hey SUV”, and I had no idea what she meant.

In the last photo shoot, you told Jay that you didn’t feel sexy and didn’t know how to feel it. Do you feel that they should have prepared you all better for what you were about to face?

That shoot was so hard – it was loud and raining. Yeah, it would have been nice to have some direction, but I guess that doesn’t make for a great show. You pretty much have to do it on your own.

Okay, let’s talk about the Pieces [sic] picture.

Oh no, do we have to?

Well, I think our readers would call me a chicken if I didn’t bring it up. The makeup and the sequins for that shoot were awful – I can’t think of anyone who would have made that look good.

Well sure, and it would be easy for me to blame the makeup artist or the sequins for the horrible picture. But it looked amazing in person. Really, it was a work of art. Then I got in front of the cameras and I just felt like I was melting. Each one of those sequins was glued on my face, and with the hot lights I just couldn’t move my face at all. Then of course there was the harness to deal with. It was just too much going on at once, and I was literally melting.

You said at the end of the show that you had no idea what you were going to do from there, career-wise. Has that changed?

Oh for sure. What I said was in the moment, you know, there’s so much going on, and then when I was eliminated my head was just spinning. When you’re there, one day feels like a month. I was just confused at that point. But now I know for sure, 110%, that this is what I want to do.

Had you watched previous cycles of America’s Next Top Model before auditioning for this one?

Oh yes! I’ve been a huge fan of the show since cycle one.

What or who was the biggest source of drama in the house?

Well, you know, Brandy, but I felt really bad for her. The day before she was eliminated we sat down and really talked about things, because I knew where she was coming from. I used to be really angry too. And I told her that she needed to reign herself in a bit, you know, because this is a TV show and all, but when it’s over she still has to go back to her real life. She’s a great girl.

What was the best advice you were given while you were on the show, and who gave it to you?

Janice, believe it or not. She was really hard on me, but it was because she was looking out for me. That’s just what she’s like, and she cared about all of us. She told me to just look in the mirror and study my face, and to practice different facial expressions to see what they looked like. Remember that she told me that I had about 50 different facial expressions in a matter of a few minutes?

If you could organize and plan a photo shoot with the judges doing the modeling, what would you have them do?

Ha! I’d make them do the Pieces [sic] shoot and see if they could pull it off!

Thanks for your time Lluvy – were looking forward to seeing you in Vogue one day soon!

Oh you bet you will! Thanks!

To learn more about Cycle 4’s Lluvy Gomez, visit her bio page here.

Photo:   CW