Anybody who reads this blog knows that I am a reality show fanatic, so how shocked was I to get an email from the CW Network last week asking me if I would like to interview America's Next Top Model Castoffs and post the interviews on my blog?! Ummm, YEAH! That was like asking me if I would like a Starbucks tall non-fat Cinnamon Latte. With whip!
[Thanks Mahogany Girl]
Anyways, Anchal was eliminated this week, and I had the pleasure of interviewing her via telephone earlier this afternoon [she spoke to me while on her way to tape Tyra's Talk Show]. Anyhoo, peep my telephone interview with her below on what she thinks happened, who she'd like to see win it all, and if she prefers skinny jeans or leggings...
Me: Hi Anchal! How've ya been?
Anchal: Hi Chanel, I've been good.
Me: Your name is such an exotic sounding name, does it mean anything?
Anchal: It does actually. Do you know anything about traditional Indian dress?
Me: Not a lot...
Anchal: Well in traditional Indian dress the "anchal' is the bottom part of the sari, but I've also been told that Anchal means "God's gift".
Me: Ok, Anchal, let's get down to it, what happened on last night's episode because you seemed to kinda throw in the towel.
Anchal: Yeah, I know, I kinda did.
Me: So do you think that you could have given it a bit more effort?
Anchal: Oh, I definitely could have! That's one regret I have. I think that if I had showed more confidence sooner, that I'd still be on the show.
Me: Tyra made a comment that she thought that you were "so beautiful, that it was almost scary". How did it make you feel to hear her say that about you?
Anchal: It made me feel good, at first, but then after thinking about it some more, I thought, "was that a compliment or not?" So it ended up making me feel even more self-conscious.
Me: As pretty a girl as you are, you seemed to struggle a bit with your appearance, why?
Anchal: I don't think that I struggled so much with my appearance as I did with my confidence.
Me: Do you think that you were portrayed accurately on the show?
Anchal: I think that they portrayed me pretty accurately.
Me: Did you really feel that you didn't have any friends in the house, and do you think that that might have affected your level of confidence?
Anchal: I did feel alone in the house. If I had had someone to talk to in the house, that probably would have made a difference.
Me: So you kind of had an ongoing feud with Melrose, as did most of the girls this season. But on last night's episode, you hugged her and kind of jokingly said, "I still hate you". So do you still have lingering animosity towards her?
Anchal: I don't hate Melrose, but knowing how she is now, I wouldn't go out of my way to be friends with her. I just think that we are different people from different backgrounds.
Me: So we're gonna keep it moving then. Now I wanna know, who would you like to see win this season of Top Model?
Anchal: Caridee! Caridee for sure, she's got the total package.
Me: So what are your plans now that the show is over?
Anchal: I'd like to continue to pursue modeling.
Me: Do people treat you differently now since you've been off the show? Like could you still go into the Gap and buy a pair of jeans without getting mobbed?
Anchal: (Laughs) It's funny that you're asking that, because I was in Macy's the other day, and people were literally pulling me by the arm saying things like, "Oh my God! Anchal! You have to come and meet my mom! She's right over there..." I actually had to leave and go back later with my best friend. But people blow at me now while I'm driving like they want me to pull over!
Me: Oh wow. So things ARE different for you now.
Anchal: Yeah, pretty much.
Me: Ok, what is the ONE THING that we don't know about you that you would like people to know about you?
Anchal: That I'm not a big crybaby!
Me: Ok, ok, enough about Top Model, let's get down to the questions that people REALLY want answered! Ready?
Me: Sales clerk or Supermodel?
Me: L.A. or New York?
Anchal: New York. Wait! No... both.
Me: Ok, skinny jeans or leggings?
Anchal: Skinny jeans.
Me: Rap Music or Pop Music?
Anchal: Rap Music.
Me: Emmitt Smith or Mario Lopez from "Dancing With the Stars"?
Anchal: Ooh, Mario Lopez!
Me: Well that's all I have, thanks for talking with me Anchal, and best of luck to you in whatever you decide to pursue!
Anchal: Thank you!