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TV Guide talks to Fatima from Top Model

by Kristin Sample, posted May 22nd 2008 12:02PM
Fatima Siad
Ben Katner of TV Guide interviewed third place finisher Fatima Siad. In the interview, Siad talks about the photo shoot that never happened, the front she put on for the show, the plus-size winner, why she can't stand people who act "ghetto," how she looks like Iman, and much more.

Katner remarks at the beginning of the interview that he was pleasantly surprised by how much he actually liked talking to Fatima. But I think the interview gives us the same Fatima we got on the show. And I think JJ would agree, judging from his reviews. For example, Katner asks if Fatima thinks the judges were trying to find reasons to keep Whitney Thompson, just so Top Model could have a plus-size winner. She answers, "Um, yeah. I was very perceptive in terms of knowing who was going to go home every week. So I kind of knew from the beginning that Whitney was going to win, but I was in denial at the same time. I think Tyra has been dying to get a plus-size model."

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There are parts of the interview where she sounds human concerning calling Whitney 'smart' and admitting she didn't know 'what she was doing.' But, there are parts where I still question her behavior. For instance, claiming Whitney had an "I am better and everybody else should bow down to me" attitude and stating she derived her understanding of African-American culture from an 'African-American Studies course' which inexplicably gave her the right to call her colleagues 'ghetto.' Having taught Cultural Studies in the past, I don't recall telling imparting such knowledge onto my students, but perhaps Fatima is in her own world -

May 22 2008 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm curious as to why this gets its own story on TV Squad. TV Guide has interviewed all the models as they were eliminated, but this is the only one I've seen you guys talk about. Why?

As for Fatima herself, yeah she has some personality issues to work out. But she's not the anti-christ for crying out loud, and JJ acting like she was is one of the reasons why I ended up reading other people's episode recaps this cycle. As far as I can tell she's no worse than some of the other 'villains' they've had on this show, so I don't get why she gets sooooo much hate.

May 22 2008 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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