Exclusive Interview: Paulina Porizkova of 'America's Next Top Model'
Exclusive Interview: Paulina Porizkova of 'America's Next Top Model'
Tomorrow night, the finalists will kick the competition into high gear on America's Next Top Model.  After their first official photo shoot, they'll have to face the harsh reality of judges panel.  This season, the show brings on a new judge, former supermodel Paulina Porizkova.  Paulina replaces Twiggy, who left the show because of scheduling conflicts.  This new judge brings a tougher, more honest opinion to the panel and she's definitely not afraid to speak her mind.  Today, Paulina spoke exclusively to BuddyTV about the upcoming season, what she thinks of Twiggy, and who she butted heads with the most.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.

Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV, and today I'm talking to Paulina Porizkova from America's Next Top Model. Can you tell me how you ended up getting involved with America's Next Top Model?

I was asked before but they shot in L.A., so I couldn't do it because I'm New York based. Now they came back and said "Okay, we're moving to New York, would you consider it now?" And I said "Yes, that would work for me."

Being from New York, did you get to go to Fashion Week this month?

I probably could have gone if I'd wanted to.

Did you feel any pressure stepping in for Twiggy? She's so popular with the fans of the show.

Really? See, I had no idea. If you had told me that before I probably would have had a lot more pressure. No, I didn't pay any attention. I watch the show because I think it's great fun, and I really liked it. But no, I didn't think anything of it actually. If anything I thought, "God, she's such a lady, she's such a nice, nice woman." She's ridiculously nice. I thought, you know, sometimes I wanted her to speak up a little more.

I heard you're a person who voices her opinions and says how she feels. Do you do that in judges' panel on Top Model?

Well, why do you think they hired me? Yeah, I think they decided maybe Top Model had gotten too nice I guess, so they turned to the mega bitch -- me. I say that in jest. But, you know, painfully honest to the point of tactlessness I guess.

When you're looking for someone to win Top Model, what qualities are you looking for?

Well, this is the funny part. Before I joined the show and when I watched it, I would always sit at my kitchen table and stuff myself with cookies and go, "Are you kidding? How is that the model? There's no way. Why do you think she's going to be America's Next Top Model? That's totally not gonna work." Then it sort of dawned on me, having joined the show, that America's Next Top Model isn't really about America's next top print cover model. First of all, there are no covers for models, so that's one big thing. The other is that on Tyra's show the girls start at the top. Us model models, we work for like 10 years to get to where the girls start, to become household names. It's like we have to work really hard and really long to get that honor, and they start right there. It's a totally different position they're in. They're expected to be able to speak, to have a personality, to be able to do interviews. So you're not looking for a print model, you're looking for personality. That's a whole different ball game.

Did you have the same opinions as the other judges during panel, or did you guys butt heads this season?

Oh, we butted heads. I butted heads with Nigel all the time. Miss J and I are like conjoined twins, like our brains work exactly the same. But he just let me say it and get the evil look.

How was it working with Tyra? Did you two know each other before doing the show?

Not really. We had met each other a couple of times here and there, it was like "Hey Tyra," "Hey Paulina." So no, we didn't really know each other before, and I don't really know her now. She is the busiest person I've ever seen in my entire life, so she doesn't have time. She has like 150 billion different things to do at any given time, so she doesn't really have much time to socialize or anything.

You've done Dancing with the Stars and now Top Model. Do you like doing reality television?

As long as it's not turned on me, yeah. Being a judge is awesome. What a cushy job.

Was it different for you to be a judge as opposed to being the contestant on Dancing with the Stars?

Yes, I can't take the critique. I wasn't happy with the critique at all, but being the one who dispenses it? That I'm really good at.

Some fans have said that Top Model has gotten a little stale in the last few cycles. Do you feel that this season is really going to reinvigorate the show?

You know what, I have absolutely no idea. First of all, one must realize that reality shows are all about the editing. Whatever they feel like they were lacking, or the reason the shows were getting stale, that's what they're going to try to sort of rework. Whether that's me or not, I have no idea until I see it. Because I know already, I've been getting feedback from people that have seen little pieces of the show that's coming up on Wednesday. I haven't seen a thing, of course. They said, "Oh my God, you were pretty evil!" And I said, "Really? What do I say that's evil?" And they go, "Oh, you just walk up to the girls and you were like 'you have bad skin,' and this and that." I think oh, I see. The way it was done initially was, "You have beautiful eyes, you dress great, you have fabulous stuff, but you don't have good skin." That's how it's said. But you know, it's edited into "You have bad skin." That's reality TV for you.

Well, we can't wait to see you. I'm really excited that you're the new judge, and we'll all be watching this Wednesday.


- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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