Known for her own sense of style, reality star Kim Kardashian will take the seat next to Tyra Banks on the America’s Next Top Model judges’ panel on tonight’s episode of the CW show (8 p.m. EST). “I’m just a big fan of the show and I adore Tyra,” Kardashian says of the gig. “I was so excited to give these girls advice and make a difference for their careers.” Kim took time out of her schedule of filming the next season of her own reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, to talk about the cast of model hopefuls, the challenge she judged and working with an idol of hers, Tyra Banks. –Jennifer Garcia
How did you get involved with Top Model?They called and asked me to be a part of it and I totally look up to Tyra so I was so excited. I really admire her business sense and who she is. I get along with her really well. I was so honored when she asked me to do it.
Are you a fan of the show?I’m such a huge fan, always was. I watched it from the start. It teaches girls what it really takes to be a model. Sometimes think it’s the easiest job in the world to just pose and all you’re doing is taking pictures, but that’s just a small side to it. There’s the business side of things and of course it’s really competitive and it’s got a real excitement factor.
What did the girls have to do for their challenge?They had to do a commercial and talk about products. I had to judge them on their presentation, what they said, how they looked and how well they sold the product. They realized it’s not as easy as it looks. Some just froze in front of the camera. It was about really knowing how to be a spokesperson instead of just taking pictures for a campaign.
What was the toughest part?It was really tough telling these girls what they were doing wrong and right, and picking the strongest of the girls was hard. I’ve worked in the field before, done shoots and commercials and ad campaigns, so I get it. But I really thought more than any cast I’ve seen, that they all had a really good head on their shoulders. Everyone took it as constructive criticism and that’s tough because it can really hurt someone’s feelings.
What was the best part of the filming?Being around Tyra and Miss Jay and Nigel — they have these great personalities and this awesome collaboration going on because they’ve been doing it for years. It was really cool that they trusted me to come into their circle and give my different opinion. I think the girls were excited and they had definitely watched my show. Even though Tyra and I may have had differing opinions, I learned a lot from what she had to say which was awesome for me.
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