Top Model denies princess tag
It"s hard to concentrate on looking pretty when a bird thinks your finger is lunch, as New Zealand"s Next Top Model contestant Aafreen Vaz found out. Vaz was eliminated from the competition on Friday night after her photoshoot with Wesley - a temperamental parrot - failed to impress the show"s judges.
The 20-year-old student agreed with their assessment of her picture, which she said was taken under difficult circumstances. "I hated the way my eyes looked - dead and flat, no spark in them," she told Stuff.co.nz. "It was really hard. I was the last one to go up. The parrot had to deal with different skin temperatures and had to come down to mine. It gave me a good bite."
However, Vaz didn"t agree with judge Chris Sisarich"s comment that she was "a bit of a little princess". "I am far from a princess. I"m not fussy about my hair. Sitting here talking to you I"ve only brushed my hair once today - when I got up."
Vaz had a chance to prove she"s not prissy with the makeover she received in last week"s episode. She "loved" the look she was given, but this was not the case with all the contestants. "Obviously some of the other girls are attached to their hair and a few of them had tantrums and were crying. I guess it comes down to the fact that everyone"s different." It was a busy week for the models, who were also given a challenge to network with insiders from the fashion industry.
While Vaz enjoyed the challenge, fellow contestant Dakota Biddle"s unusual approach to the task stood out. Biddle used a lot of colourful phrases while networking, including mentioning that she wished she"d worn a bra to the event.
"I understand if someone wants to take an informal approach. But I think she took informal to an extreme. Some of the words she was using were a bit inappropriate for VIPs," said Vaz. Despite this, she thinks all the remaining contestants deserved to be there.
"The girls in there are a pool that"s completely representative of New Zealand and our mixed culture society. Everyone"s completely different." Vaz herself is proof that not all models are cut from the same cloth. She is studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology at Otago University.
"Physiology is so intense and requires constant studying. Modelling is an escape from that. Because it"s so different it gives me a good balance." But Vaz is open to the idea of a career in modelling. "If work comes my way I"ll embrace it because I really do enjoy modelling."