Final Exam Interview with 'Top Model' Cast-Off Jessie Rabideau: 'I Suppose I Stand Out'
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
School is in session and the pressure is on as Tyra Banks and crew test young hopefuls on the impressive 19th season of America's Next Top Model: College Edition. Thanks to Tyra, male supermodel Rob Evans, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone and you, America, the first model has seen her last of very few days in the Sorority House.
Knowing the show's history for the outside-the-norm models who usually excel in the competition, this particular elimination comes as a shocker. Jessie Rabideau wowed us in her tryout with her quirky personality and impressive junk-in-the-trunk. While her backside gave her much promise, standing apart from the other
12 contestants, Jessie received the lowest number of points
towards her first week's grade. A shoe-in to be around for awhile, Jessie had the support of her fellow models and viewers as she struggled to strike a "smize" during the taxidermy shoot.
Seeing as how this is the College Edition, it's only fitting to give our eliminated models a "final exam," if you will, sharing their reflections of their time spent on the show. I would like to thank Jessie for lending her time to answer a few questions. See what she had to say!
Name: Jessie Rabideau
College Attended: University of Southern California
Do you feel you represented your school well? What has the reaction been to your appearance on the show?
As an architecture grad student here at USC, I think I not only represented USC well but also graduate students of architecture. Unfortunately, I was eliminated first, which was a big disappointment. However, I hope the fact that I made it on and didn't make an ass of myself (no pun intended ;) ) makes all of my friends, family, and fans proud. I've been noticed a few times on campus, and it's neat. Most of the people I run into are very supportive and are happy that a fellow USC student made it on.
Which previous models and/or challenges inspired you to tryout for ANTM?
Ever since the show began, it was something I wanted to do. (I think it's secretly every girl's dream.) There were so many aspects of the show that I liked - the cool-themed photo-shoots, the creative challenges, getting the chance to meet talented people of the industry, etc. I have a few favorites from past seasons, like Allison Harvard and Ann Ward. I guess I can just relate to the weird, quirky, awkward ones.
What do you feel your strengths were, going into the competition?
I suppose I stand out from typical "modelesque" girls, and everyone kept saying I would make it on because I am so different (looks wise and personality wise, I guess). I don't have any real modeling experience, but I am a quick learner and am very passionate. I was hoping that that would take me far in the competition.
The show has undergone tons of changes for this College Edition. Is there any aspect of the previous make-up that you feel you missed out on?
Miss Jay's runway expertise! I also am really sad that I never got to meet Nigel. And Mr. Jay seemed like a really good person to be out there with you on photo-shoots, but I guess the new format has its benefits. I still learned a lot from all of those people who are involved now.
How do you feel about the newly incorporated social media aspect of ANTM?
I think it's really neat! It's interesting to learn what other people think of you and to know how you're coming across. Social media may like you a lot even if the judges don't, and it works the other way around, too.
Given the opportunity, would you go through the process again? And if so, what would you do differently?
I would definitely do ANTM again for all of the things I learned and the people I got to meet. Obviously, since I was the first one eliminated, I would do pretty much everything differently. If I got to do it again, I would give much more in that first photo-shoot.
Was there any part of the process you weren't ready for prior to trying out?
I wasn't ready for the fast-paced environment of the competition. I figured it was going to be hard; I just thought I would have had more time to adjust. The only thing you can do in situations like those is to anticipate what's to come.
How has this experience changed your personal/professional life?
Being on ANTM hasn't had too much of an impact on my life. I did meet a number of people and have made friendships that have and will continue to be important in my life. I hope my appearance on ANTM leads to opportunities in the modeling/acting/entertainment world.
What are your aspirations as a model?
I am definitely hoping to get more involved in the fashion industry, perhaps even becoming a designer. I see modeling as another outlet for my creativity, and I am interested in working with photographers and stylists on interesting projects.
Who do you believe is the strongest of the remaining models?
Since the beginning, I thought Leila had a natural talent. Laura, Nastasia, and Brittany take great photos, as well. All of these girls had modeling experience before coming onto the show, and I see them going far in this industry.
(Image courtesy of The CW)