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Interview: Jenny from Britain's Missing Top Model

We love Britain's Missing Top Model here at Panto, and jumped at the chance to get an exclusive interview with ballsy American beauty Jenny, the latest hopeful to depart the show.

Come over the page to hear Jenny's views on fame, food, the other girls, and what she really thinks of Britain...

Did you enjoy your time on Britain's Missing Top Model?
It was the most fun, awesome, wonderful, interesting, and memorable experience of my life! There have been days that I have considered moving there ;-)

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome on the show?
I probably would have to say that the biggest challenge for me was having to wear that huge purple cast :-( It literally made my life sheer hell because the cast would not allow my arm to reach my face, so activities like applying make-up, brushing my hair, sometimes eating, and dressing was hard. That cast made me a lot more "disabled" than I actually was.

Have you been recognized much since you've been on telly?
Sadly, the answer to that is no. The show is popular in England or maybe even Europe, but not so much here. The day where I get asked to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show is the day that the above question will be yes (please write in to her show for me!)

Are you going to pursue your ambition to be a top model?
That is a tough question. You see, I have been working towards my dream of becoming a successful model now for 8 years and what do I have to show for it? From everything I did in the two years before my car accident to the few mediocre modeling jobs I've been able to grasp since, and finally being asked to participate in BMTM, the fashion world has been very cruel. It is very disheartening after a while to keep hearing "I'd accept you, if you didn't walk that way" from every major agency in the Seattle area. To know that I have the looks, the body, and the drive - but my walk is off so I am always overlooked - just kills my spirit in so many ways.

You've said England is boring - is there anything you like about the UK?
Let me clear that up. It's not really england that I think is boring, it's the people who live in England that i find rather dull. There is a big difference between Britons and Americans. In fact, that truth played a major role in my elimination from the show :-(

Who would you like to see win?
I would really like to see either Kelly Knox or Sophie win. Kelly was my roommate and the girl out of the group who was the closest to me. I really enjoyed her as a flatmate and admired her view on her "disability." Sophie and I had a little of a rocky start, but in the end came together as mutual accident survivors. She had an excellent mind and a great outlook on life. I actually owe a lot to Sophie. She might not even know that because of her, I have learned how to lay my accident in my past and move on, which was something I had been desperately struggling with for the last 5 years.

Is there anyone you think really doesn't deserve to win?
If you would have asked me this question after i had to leave the show, I probably would give a different answer, but now I realise that all eight of us deserved to be there. We all had our strengths and weaknesses and each challenge brought them out.

You were criticized for not eating enough - do you think models should be thin?
I hated the food in england :-( I tried to eat some stuff, but I really didn't care for the cuisine. It's not that way back here in the states, even though I still am one of the most pickiest eaters around, I still manage to cram food down my throat.

I think it all depends on the kind of clothes you are trying to sell and who the audience is that you want to appeal to. If you are trying to sell swimsuits or tight fitting clothes, you most likely would use a skinnier model to showcase, and if you are trying to sell bigger sized clothes, you would use a bigger woman to model.

Who taught you to burp like that?!
No one really taught me to burp, however, my inspiration to burp in public comes from my best friend erin :-)

What's next for Jenny?
Well, after seeing Episode 3 and cringing when I heard some of the comments I made, I realise that I definitely need to work on myself. Most people don't know that when you sustain a severe traumatic brain injury your personality changes, you become way more uninhibited, you don't think before speaking, and generally you become extremely impulsive. I wish that I could start London all over again and make the right decisions. To answer the question, I don't know what is next for Jenny in the future. What I do know is that London changed me, hopefully for the better, and now I am going to lead life a little differently...

[This interview also appeared on our sister site, the fabulous Dollymix.]

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Posted by on July 22, 2008 in Britain's Missing Top Model, Where Are They Now? | Permalink