'America's Next Top Model': Ren on Angelea, 'Anything to annoy her'
Unlike the other contestants, Ren, the earthy Dallas model, was handpicked by Tyra Banks to join “America’s Next Top Model” after the final round of initial choices were made.
It soon became clear, though, that there’s something to be said for suffering through the numerous cattle call auditions to get on the show. If you can get through that, then you’ve truly earned your spot.
Ren didn’t seem like she was flourishing in the competition, and in the latest episode, Banks caught on and Ren was eliminated.
“They made me look like I cried all the time,” Ren, 22, explained. “But that was only two times. I ain’t no crybaby. Being in that house would make anybody cry, I think.”
After watching her on the show, I expected Ren to be a sulky, serious interview. What I found was a pretty lighthearted person, who possibly joined the show for the wrong reasons.
Was there some resentment in the house over the fact that you jumped over the casting process the other girls had to go through?
Oh, yeah. At first, I don’t think anybody liked me. There were a couple girls that tried to talk to me a little bit at first. For the most part, for the first few days, it was pretty much me hanging out with me, me and me [laughs]. After a while, I got along with at least everyone at some point in the duration of us living there. It was just a little silly.
You’re forced to be with them in every moment of your life and only them. You can only talk with them. You can only eat with them. And you can only sleep with them. You can’t walk down the street with them! You’re not allowed to be seen. We’re mysterious little creatures out there [laughs]. Yeah, you can’t escape them pretty much.
You live in L.A. now and you’ve lived in Dallas, so you must have some skills in getting along with different types of people. Why were relationships in the house so difficult for you?
Toward the end of the stay, you were pretty over the drama in the house. Yet I kind of felt you started the last big fight when you told Brenda that Angelea and some other girls were talking about her. Did you expect that to blow up?
[Laughs] They deserved it. Angelea’s crazy. I don’t know. Everything was going to blow up. If you didn’t wash your dish, then you’d get in trouble by everyone. It was ridiculous. There were fights all the time. I didn’t really like Angelea, so anything to annoy her [laughs].
What didn’t you like about Angelea?
Oh my gosh. She was just so rude! She has something wrong with her. She would stare at people, me and Brenda mainly, from across the room and just stare at us, like hard as hell, mean mugging. So that was kind of creepy. She mutters stuff under her breath, too.
I’m a bit annoyed by Alasia’s constant screaming, myself. How’d it feel to tell her to shut up?
It felt great. It was really funny, because she took it so seriously. And I was just sitting there thinking, ‘Oh my God. This is hilarious.’ Yeah, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from that. People are thanking me. People are saying, ‘Hey, I want to shake your hand for doing that.’ It’s funny.
In your last two photo shoots, the judges were not impressed. What did you think of those photos?
They're definitely not the best pictures I’ve taken in my life. I know that for sure. But I think at that point, I just didn’t really care. I think I stopped taking it seriously pretty soon into the competition. I don’t think I was feeling it. I look back at it now and I’m glad that I did it. It is opening different doors than what I had before. I don’t regret doing it. I think it’s hilarious.
So, since Tyra knows all, she asked you if you wanted to stay in the competition. Why did you say yes, then change your mind when you were in the bottom two?
Yeah, right away I thought, ‘Wait a second, I meant no.’ So that’s why when I came back, I was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no.’ I had said the wrong thing.
Are you still moving forward on a modeling career?
Oh, yeah, for sure. I’ve been contacted since doing that. I’ve always liked doing modeling. It has been a surprise that people think I can do it. Ever since I learned that, I’ve done it. It has been a lot of fun. So, yeah, I’m still going to try and model for as long as I can, then eventually do something else.
You mentioned that you did the show because your mom was a fan. What did she think after seeing you come on with underarm hair and why did you have it?
[Laughs] You’re the first to mention that! That just takes too much time and effort. Whenever I’m in the shower, I just want to get in and get out, then keep on going throughout my day. It’s hard enough to get me to wash my hair all the time. But my mom thought it was really funny, actually. I was surprised. She was laughing hysterically. I don’t think I’ve ever heard my mom laugh that hard in my life.
So who are your current top three picks for the win?
I don’t really care either way, so this is a really hard question to answer. I guess number one, Jessica, because she really wants it, I think more than anybody. Number two, Krista, because she had been trying out for so damn long. She probably wants it a lot. And number three, Alasia, because why not? [Laughs]
— Jethro Nededog (follow me on Twitter @TheRealJethro)