For cycle 13 on America's Next Top Model the rules were changed to accept shorter models in the tradition of Kate Moss. Open lesbian Lulu is out to prove that a five-foot-seven model can win it all.
Windy City Times: Hi, Lulu! I heard that you are a student in Brooklyn, NewYork. What are you currently studying?
Lulu: I'm actually not a student now. I studied fashion sesign in high school, at Fashion Industries High School.
WCT: How did you wind up auditioning for America's New Top Model?
Lulu: I heard about the auditions through a friend of mine, and we all ran to the city to try out. It was not even a debate, we ran so fast!
WCT: What was the audition process like?
Lulu: My audition process was probably the most unique of any of the other girls. I auditioned at the New York casting, the one with the riot! It was insane; I never saw so many 5'7"-and-under girls. I stood outside for like 10 hours, and finally I got into the door.
WCT: What was Tyra's reaction when you told her that you are openly gay in the first episode?
Lulu: Everyone seemed excited to know I was openly gay. It was kind of funny to me, because at home I'm not special at all. No one is surprised that I'm gay. Everyone in New York is gay. It isn't unusual.
WCT: I did see Miss J clapping when you announced it during your entrance. Your girlfriend's name is tattooed on your chest?
Lulu: Yes, my girlfriend Roslyn's name is tattooed on my chest.
WCT: How long have you been together?
Lulu: We've been together for about two years.
WCT: What happens to the relationship if you travel all over the world modeling?
Lulu: Our relationship will get stronger as my modeling career develops. She very supportive of my future and the things I want to do.
WCT: Did J. Alexander have to school you or did walking the runway come natural to you?
Lulu: My runway walk is natural to me. I feel good about it so I'll never change it, even if others don't like it!
WCT: Did you have a favorite judge?
Lulu: My favorite judge would have to be Miss J! He says what he feels and doesn't care who likes it. He reminds me of myself.
WCT: What did you learn most from the experience with America's Next Top Model?
Lulu: I learned that every opportunity is a blessing and a learning experience. Being grateful for every opportunity is one of the many things that I learned.
See Lulu walk that runway Wednesdays on the CW, visit www.cwtv.com to find out more. America's Next Top Model premieres Wed., Sept. 9.