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

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 Latoya West):

From Hurricane Katrina Survivor to America’s Next Top Model Contestant

Wendy’s Story

She found out she was chosen to compete on America’s Next Top Model after she lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Now Wendy, a 22-year-old retail assistant manager from New Orleans, is talking about her experience. Here is Wendy’s story, in her own words.

* The following is made up of quotes taken from my interview with Wendy after she was eliminated from America’s Next Top Model.

Wendy: “When I actually found out that I had made it into the [Top Model] top 32, it was after the hurricane. I had already evacuated.

They actually found me by email. The phones weren’t working. The signals were out for weeks. I wrote back and two days later someone called and said ‘we’re flying you out to LA. You’re in the top 32.’

It was good news but I knew that I was going to have to encourage myself a little more and build up the strength to deal with the competition at that time. You know, with so much going on.

I’m hearing all the girls’ stories and everyone had something going on. Not to make myself seem like I was better than anyone else, but some people’s stories were just like not as serious as you think it is. Like, here I am out in L.A. and I don’t even know where I’m going to live when this is over with. When will I move back home? Can I move back home? Do I stay where I’m at? Read more.

I didn’t really enjoy the experience as much as I would have liked to. I always had something going on in the back of my head. I was always wondering about what friends and family were not telling me over the phone because they didn’t want to ruin my time on the show.

I think it affected me a little bit. As much as I just looked looked forward and tried to ignore what was going on, I would just go to sleep at night thinking about the conversations I had had on the phone or the things I had seen on TV.

I just hoped that everyone that I knew was OK.

Everyone was OK. But he stories that I hear now are just crazy. You just want to tell everyone to stop talking. I don’t want to hear any more.

My parents were actually in the middle of it when everything was going on and the stories that they can tell you are just like ‘oh my gosh.’ I’m just glad that I was able to get away because it was the first hurricane that I had ever evacuated for.

At my parents home, there was nine feet of water. It was pretty much gone.

I live in Rutherford, New Jersey now. I wanted to move to the New York area. I found that this is the best place for me to be. For years, I had been talking about moving to New York . New York isn’t the easiest place in the world to move to. It isn’t the most affordable either. You really have to be ready to make the sacrifice. I just made the sacrifice and came out here. If this isn’t a good time, then I wouldn’t know a good time if it was right in front of my face. This is the time for me to just go and do it!”

Wendy plans to continue modeling.

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

Source: The CW

In November of 2007, posted an article regarding Cycle 6‘s Wendy Wiltz following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the article (written and posted by DogOnVillage staff):

Fashion Rocks in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA – Wendy Wiltz is proud to present “Fashion Rocks Friday” on Friday November 2nd, 2007. The event will bring together local politicians, business professionals and entertainers for a fashion filled event.

The event featuring exquisite New Orleans cuisine begins with black carpet arrivals at 7pm located at Ray’s Over the River, 2 Canal St. on the 31st floor inside the World Trade Center. In addition to breathtaking panoramic views of the city and Mississippi river, the event offers a live performance and Conrad Lamour fashion show featuring models from the hit television series America’s Next Top Model and is topped off by a mixer for all patrons. Proceeds are being donated to Deuce McAllister’s Catch 22 Foundation.

Deuce McAllister’s Catch 22 Foundation is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of under-privileged youth and adolescents in the Gulf south region. It provides positive role models providing unique opportunities and a financial commitment to making a difference.

For additional information including, but not limited to tickets, sponsorship packages, and/or press/media info please call (646) 644-1425.

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

Source: The CW

In December of 2007, Black Star News 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 Black Star News Staff):

Wendy, New Orleans Beauty
[Our Beauty Of Day]

Where She’s From: Wendy Wiltz was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. “One of the most important things I learned from my parents I would have to say is that you have to be yourself and love yourself. My parents always allowed me to be free spirited,” the beautiful model tells The Black Star News.

Wendy went to Cabrini High, an all girl Catholic High School and LSU for three years. “I started modeling my sophomore year in high school after signing with a local agency and booking my first gig, a Pringles Commercial,” she recalls.

“I have experience in fashion shows, shoots, commercials, even film, but still nowhere near to where I want to be,” she continues. “I want to make the big screen. Doesn’t everybody?  But no, I really do want to take my career as far as it will let me. I never want to limit myself. I’m always up for challenges.”

“Believe it or not, I was always the shy girl growing up,” Wendy continues, when asked how she deals with challenges in the industry. “Never had many friends and was never the social type. I’ve had to overcome that, especially because of wanting to be in the industry. When you want something so bad, you have to make sacrifices.”

“I’m very proud of all of my gigs ever booked,” she adds. “It’s not an easy industry to get into and I’ve never taken any of it for granted. I am just as proud as my film extra roles just as much as my appearance on Top Model or the Ebony Fashion Fair tour.”

“There are a lot of crooks out there, and sometimes people can assume you’re just a pretty face,” Wendy warns, of why it’s important to have a game plan in the business. “You have to let them know you mean business too.”

So how does this supermodel in waiting prepare to step out?
“I love Citizens for Humanity jeans,” Wendy says. “I’m a size 26, but I have curves too. My favorite perfume is Burberry London, it’s a clean scent and lasts until you wash it off.  MAC lip-gloss in wonderstruck would have to be my favorite makeup essential and let me not forget Johnson & Johnson’s creamy baby oil, it’s the best.”

Wendy’s Words Of Wisdom: “No one was ever quoted for saying, “Life is easy” you have to take on challenges to achieve great things.  Believe in yourself and all that lies ahead.
Wendy’s Secrets Of Success: “I’ve always been a true believer in things happen for a reason and when it’s your time. That alone will get you far.”
Wendy’s Favorite Three Movies: “The Wedding Planner, Jersey Girl, and Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”
Three Leaders That Have Most Inspired Wendy: “My mom, dad, and brother.”
The First Three Things You Would Do As President: “Develop programs to help the homeless get back on their feet; set up clinics in disease infected countries; and, come up with a plan to solve all issues which normally end in war.”
Wendy’s Favorite Cars: “CL550, G500, and Range Rover. I’m not a girly girl.  I’m more into sporty and classy rather than cute and classy.”
Wendy’s Favorite Entertainers And Their Songs: “I love JLo and Beyonce and pretty much everything they’ve ever made.”
Wendy’s Favorite Websites: “Myspace, TMZ, Google, Yahoo.”

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

Source: Black Star News

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

Source: 2NYC Models.

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

Source: Larry Dixon Jr.

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

Source: Rod Roberts