Exclusive Interview: Victoria Marshman of 'America's Next Top Model'
Exclusive Interview: Victoria Marshman of 'America's Next Top Model'
This week on America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks chose to eliminate Yale student Victoria Marshman.  She didn't grow up wanting to be a model like the other girls but loved her time on the show.  The judges felt she was abrasive, inquisitive, and self conscious but she debated all of them when they gave her constructive criticism.  Most of her battles were fought with Twiggy.  For three episodes in a row, she talked back every time Twiggy addressed.  Her demeanor combined with a subpar photo this week ended up being her undoing.  Victoria swears she had no issue with Twiggy, loves the girls she met on the show, and would continue modeling if given the right opportunity.  Today, she took the time to talk to BuddyTV about those things and more!

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

Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV and I'm talking to Victoria, the latest model to be eliminated from America's Next Top Model.  How ya doin, Victoria?

I'm great, how are you?

I'm good, thanks.  I'm curious how you ended up getting on the show, if you had attended a casting call or something like that?

I actually sort of ended on the show purely by chance. I was dared by my friend to go to the casting call. We sort of went as a joke and then I made the first cut, and then I stuck around and make the second cut. And then I made it all the way to call backs, then I made it to the semi-finals, and then I made it onto the show. I guess perseverance pays, but it wasn't my dream from the beginning.

Yeah, I was gonna say because some girls on the show, obviously, it's their dream their whole lives.  Is this something you have aspired to do?

I mean, honestly, not really. I was very upfront with that from the very beginning. But I did have a good time on the show and I made a lot of friends, too.

At Yale, what were you studying?

Everyone's going to make fun of me for this so much, I actually study Medieval History.


Mm-hmm, that doesn't have that much to do with the fashion industry.

No, not at all!  When you got on the show and you met the other girls, did you feel like you fit in with them or had things in common with them?

Oh absolutely! I loved all the girls on the show and we're all in contacts for the most part.  Jenah even came to visit one day, which was a lot of fun. I email back and forth to a lot of them. I think the producers and the nature of the show really tried to make the education thing a huge issue. I didn't even tell the other girls I went to Yale and the producers gave it away. There really was no drama in that respect at all.

Do you have a favorite photo that you've done while you were on the show?

That's a real good question. I know everyone likes the smoking one, but I really like the rock climbing one, because I think it's different from everybody else's. It makes you want to keep looking at it.

When you watch the show back, did you feel like you did have a clash with Twiggy or was that played up on TV?

I actually like and respect Twiggy a lot.  I sort of put into a catch-22 situation. She tried to label me as insecure, when I was quiet. But when I asked questions, I was labeled as abrasive. I also didn't cry and didn't catfight so they didn't really know what to do with me. The other girls really liked me so I think they sort of tried to play up the whole "asking questions" and engaging in dialogue tapes to make me look very abrasive. I talked to the other girls after the show and I asked if I was very abrasive or offensive, and they all said it was just played up for TV. What happened at panel was nowhere near the way it was played on TV.

Jay said you were over analytical when you were doing your photo shoots. Do you feel like you were over thinking them or were you doing your thing?

It's funny he said that, because I tried to perform the same way in all of my photo shoots, or have the same approach to them. For that photo shoot, I think it started rocky at the beginning, but it did get better. I did do a better pose that he liked. Not much better, but for some reason they didn't show those pictures on the show. Everyone has off days, and I guess that one was mine.

When you were in judging that night, did you feel like you were the one to go home?

I mean kind of, I knew it was coming a little bit. Its easy to tell sometimes what they are trying to do. I sort of knew from the time almost before my photo shoot, that they were setting it up to make it a little but harder for me. Also, when you know you're in the bottom two, with a girl that looks like Tyra, an dwalks like Tyra and went to her self-esteem camp. Then there's me, the curious one that asks a lot of questions. You sort of know who's going home. With that said, I think that Saleisha is a better model than I could ever be, and I wish her the best of luck.

When the judges or when someone says something like, "Victoria, you have an interesting face," do you take that as a compliment, I mean when they say these things about you, like that you're quirky and different? Do you like about yourself and your looks?

Absolutely! I'd always rather be interesting looking than pretty, because there's a lot of pretty and there's less interesting looking people out there. I did ask Twiggy to explain more about that, so I could use it to my advantage in photo shoots. But she got a little flustered and didn't really answer me so I didn't know how to handle that.

Did the show stir up any more desire to model or was this show an experience you had and you'll move on from it?

No, I really like modeling and I enjoy doing the photo shoots. I like to keep my options open, and if the opportunity presents itself then I'll absolutely take it. But I also do love being in school, and I would never drop out of school to pursue a career that makes me look like a coat hanger.

Well, I just wanted to thank you for your time and I just wanted to wish you good luck.

Thank you so much, I enjoyed talking to you.

Have a great day, Victoria.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of CW)