Roller-skating while reciting lines proved to be too much for ANTM’s Esther
The judges told her she needed to work on her personality but doing that, while wearing a pair of roller skates for a TV commercial, just proved to be too much for Esther, who was the next girl to be eliminated from “America’s Next Top Model.” The 18-year-old student from Boston, Mass., spoke to CTV.ca about why that commercial was so difficult and what it was really like to pose as a man in the previous week’s photo shoot.
CTV.ca: Why do you think the judges chose to send you home this week?
Esther: You really can’t send Ann home at this stage of the competition. She just won five best pictures in a row … we knew that, she knew that, I think we all knew that. If you’re in the bottom 2 with Ann, you’re going home.
CTV.ca: Why do you think you struggled so much with the energy drink commercial on roller skates?
Esther: I think we were all focusing on different things. What I was focusing on was really knowing my lines and making sure I knew what I was doing when I skated in front of Nigel … and making sure I didn’t die on the roller skates because basically that was the first time I had ever gone on four-wheeled skates like that. I know how to do in-line skating but that’s different.
CTV.ca: The judges thought your commercial was a mess. Do you agree with that?
Esther: I thought it was boring. I thought it wasn’t exciting … but I could see it (being) on TV because I wasn’t visibly uncomfortable or giggling or laughing. It was a usable commercial. It was like Chris or Jane’s commercial, minus the excitement or being able to roller skate backwards.
CTV.ca: The judges said the previous week they wanted to see more of your personality. Do you feel you did work on it?
Esther: I think so. I think it was more than just showing my personality, it was more like opening up and I really did try. I opened up much more than usual. I really worked on being more open, more excited, saying more what I think. I do feel like I had (done that), I just think it was an unfortunate week.
CTV.ca: What was it like meeting Zac Posen and walking in his show?
Esther: That was really, really exciting. Like ridonkulously exciting.
CTV.ca: The previous week’s photo shoot wasn’t as exciting for you – posing as male designer Christophe Decarnin. Was it really difficult to pose as a man?
Esther: It’s surprisingly hard. Because I’m not a man, I (don’t really know) how men hold themselves, masculine gestures, things like that … so it was a hard thing for me to pull that off . Also to make it more realistic, I thought they should bind my chest … I thought if I had them bind my chest I’ll look much more masculine and so they did that but to make it look (realistic), it had to be done so tightly that I ended up constantly being aware that my chest was bound and not really being able to forget that for a single second. That made it hard for me to let loose and think, ‘I’m a man.’ I was constantly like, ‘My boobs hurt.’
CTV.ca: Tyra Banks said when you were eliminated you should go home and practice more. Have you been doing that?
Esther: I think the biggest thing I’ve really been working on, which is so hard, is having good posture … it’s something I didn’t really notice before and all of a sudden everyone was telling me, ‘Fix your posture. Stand up straight. Open up your body, your shoulders, your arms.’ So I keep on trying to do it … but it’s really hard.
‘America’s Next Top Model’ airs Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on /A\. Episodes are also available on demand at www.ctv.ca.