To learn more about Cycle 15‘s Rhianna  Atwood, visit her bio page here.

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.”

To learn more about Cycle 15‘s Rhianna Free Atwood, visit her bio page here.

Source: San Diego Union Tribune
Source: The CWMatthew Rolston

In September of 2010, BuddyTV 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 Meghan Carlson):

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.

To learn more about Cycle 15‘s Rhianna Free Atwood, visit her bio page here.

Source: BuddyTV
Source: The CWDeborah Anderson