In March of 2006, interviewed Cycle 6‘s Wendy Wiltz following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Girl Posse Staff):


Wendy’s exotic beauty has been the topic of many on-line discussions and debate. To set the record straight, she is African-American, Italian, and Native-American Indian. We talked about her makeover, and the “J. Lo” look she was given. “Everyone keeps saying that!!” she laughed over the phone. “My hair is naturally curly, and I can do it either straight or curly. I can do either in about 20 minutes actually. I guess I’m lucky.” Lucky is an understatement, and I had to tell her I should hate her for the ease with which she can look so stunning. “It’s not my fault!!” she laughed “I was born this way!”

But it wasn’t her look alone that placed Wendy in front of millions of televisions viewers. Wendy believes that it was determination that earned her a spot in the coveted top 13 of America’s Next Top Model. Maybe it’s the old saying “3 times a charm”.

“The 1st time, I sent in an audition tape and application. Like they tell you to do. They called me to go to the audition in Atlanta with 400 girls. I ended up sitting next to Amanda from Cycle 3. The 2nd time there were 100 girls.” With each audition she learned. She updated her photos and changed her look, but one thing never changed: “My persistence. My dreams and goals stayed the same.” She also knew what to expect over the other girls auditioning, and it was her 3rd try that placed her in LA with 12 other contenders. “I knew how many girls wanted this. The point is to be on TV and to be seen. That alone is a great accomplishment.”

But as many people now know, the road wasn’t easy for Wendy. The timing of her 3rd audition and subsequent trip to Los Angeles coincided with Hurricane Katrina, which left her and her family homeless. “I was living in a hotel at the time. I had to pack everything I owned in a suitcase when to LA. The worst thing that could have happened then was if the airline lost my luggage. But they didn’t, which is a good thing!” she laughed. But living with the stress of not knowing where she was going to live after the competition was difficult for her. “I tried to hide how I felt about what was going on. But it was very hard.” As for her family now, “They’re ok [now]. No one is able to move back. I think it still has everyone in shock.”

Wendy would “do it again in a heartbeat” she began. “I could go on and on about how great of a time we had. Meeting everyone. The 2 Jays. Everyone.” But she does have one regret. “I wish it would have happened at a better time for me. I’m more focused now. All of my worries are kind of gone now.” So what was it like to watch herself on TV? “It’s weird. Being on the show is different than seeing yourself. You’re followed around 24 hours a day, and obviously the show isn’t that long. You don’t know what they’re going to show.” Wendy watched the show air with friends, “they asked why are you shocked? I was having flashbacks of watching the show in previous seasons. I’ve always watched it, and now, I’m on it.” We wondered if any of the judges comments surprised her. “I was a little anxious to hear what they [the judges] had to say. I heard that I looked like an actress, I looked sad. I wanted constructive criticism.”

Wendy’s past experience of modeling helped her with one potentially difficult part of being on the show: living with 12 other women. “When you live with 12 girls, some people work on your nerves. You’re always waiting for people to get out of your way” she explained. “In 2004 modeled and was in a different city every day. It gave me great exposure, and I knew what to expect. I was on the road with 11 other girls!”

For now Wendy is continuing on the road to her dream: becoming a model. She is looking for agencies, getting her face out there. “I’m ready!” As for her fans, “I hope that I can inspire everyone else. Don’t let a small impediment stop [you]. Believe in yourself!”

With legions of fans believing in Wendy, we wish her the best of luck and look forward to seeing her again.

~March 16, 2006

To learn more about Cycle 6’s Wendy Wiltz, visit her bio page here.

Source: The CW / Richard Reinsdorf