Andrea Muizelaar


Andrea Muizelaar


"I want people to realize that I wasn't a freak hoarding lots of candy, because it wasn't that much. There was one quarter of my suitcase, and it was trail mix and granola bars as well."

"The girls on that show... I thought we were all getting along. I thought 'What are they going to make a show on? We're not saying anything.' The backstabbing was huge. Those girls were mean.

"I said the occasional bad thing, but what you saw was the only bad things. I was respectful.

"But just like at school I was being made fun of behind my back, and to see that on T.V. was hard. I didn't expect it. People going through my stuff, and oh my god... I didn't know that was going on. And when you find out on national T.V. with everyone else, it's embarrassing.

"If they want to find food, fine. If they want to laugh at Goodwill clothing and a poor girl, fine, whatever makes you feel better."

"I want people to know I wasn't a nerd on the show. I wasn't a momma's girl who couldn't handle herself and was always crying, and who wasn't sure of herself. I still loved myself and I think that should be recognized a bit more.

I actually felt sorry for Muizelaar when we spoke. Not sorry for who she is, but sorry for where she came from. Like a lot of models she went through "that stage where I was so ugly." As she matured and her braces came off, people told her she should be a model. Muizelaar, struggling to create a new identity, decided to give it a shot.

"I was with three agencies that sucked a lot of money out of my pockets. I don't want to say how much, but it was a lot, and I don't want to sound like an idiot for doing it three times, but when you were as desperate as me, and vulnerable, everything sounded so promising.

"One I was with for a year-and-a-half, and never got any phone calls. I had to call them every week to tell them who I was. I had to check in and tell them I am available this week, and I would get 'What's your name again? How do you spell that?'

"So I learned what an agency was all about. I learned a lot. The more I learned, the more I started to want it. And then when Canada's Next Top Model came along, it made my decision final."

The rest, of course, is history. Her next month is booked heavily, what with her Covergirl campaign and other personal appearances tied to her $100,000 Procter & Gamble contract, shooting a spread for Fashion Magazine and doing other photo shoots that she hopes will start her on the path of those other Canadians - the Stam's and Daria's - that are better known in Tokyo than Truro.