Q: When did you decide to audition for the Jet beauty of the week?
A:I always wanted to audition. And on that day It was kind of a last minute decision after I was encouraged by a friend.
Q: When you woke up that morning what were your expectations for the audition?
A:On the way to the audition I didn’t know what to expect. After some of the girls auditioned Kenya came out and gave a pep talk to those waiting. She told us to give it! And I really thought she was being positive but obviously not.
Q: Were you nervous?
A: I was nervous, because I knew it was going to be filmed.
Q: Was this your first time trying out for something of this nature?
A: No. I have tried out in the past, I have participated in several other events and worked with many celebrities. All without incident.
Q: Before you went before the panel, what was the atmosphere like?
A: It was cool. I thought she would have been supportive, by her encouraging speech and her advice for us to "Give it, and be sexy."
Q: Were there others who complained about Kenya’s behavior toward them?
A: Yes. Q from 112, and many others have said her behavior was horrible.
Q: I noticed that when she was making her negative comments you maintained a smile? Why? What was going through your head at that time?
A: I was trying to make her mad. I try to give the opposite of negativity. She is such a hater it infuriated her. I maintained my professionalism.
Q: How did her comments make you feel as an aspiring artist?
A: It disappointed me because as a little girl I looked up to her as a former Ms. USA. But it also made me feel good because she was obviously threatened.
Q: In my opinion everyone who stands in leadership or authoritative positions should at least show some compassion for those who are trying to reach that plateau? Do you feel that Kenya Moore lacks compassion for others?
A: I do. I think she has inner issues, and insecurities.
Q: How do you feel she could have handled the situation better?
A: She should have said it with more tact. She should have kept her critique. She should also look at her past before she tries to say something.
Q: How has your life changed since the incident?
A: It hasn't been any major changes. I'm realizing that the hate is real when your trying to make it, and being exposed, good or bad.
Q: Has it changed your professional plans any?
A: Not much, but I have enrolled back in school to perfect my craft.
Q: Do you feel she should apologize publicly?
A: I do. But if she feels she doesn't want to it shows who she really is. I want her to apologize not only for me but for women everywhere, because she's putting down women who are just like her. I need it and she will give it...
Q: Do you feel that she bullied you?
A: Not bullied but hated on. It can be considered as bullied, but she's invisible to me.
Q: What are your thoughts about her now?
A: I don't look up to her, I actually despise her. She has loss respect as a woman and a former Ms. USA. No respect right now.
Q: If you could say anything to anyone else who has experienced this what would you say?
A: I would say continue to strive for what's in your heart. If someone is putting you down, don't stop continue. Don't let the problems of others affect you. Let the haters hate.
I also contacted the PACER Center & National Bullying Prevention Center which is publicly supported by Ellen DeGeneres to seek their advice regarding the definition of bullying, and how it affects those targeted.
Julie Hertzog, Director forwarded the following statement:
Definition of Bullying
Bullying behaviors can be much more complex and varied than the stereotype of a boy beating up a smaller classmate. For example, harmful bullying can also occur quietly and covertly, through gossip or on the Internet, causing emotional damage.
Although definitions vary from source to source, most agree that an act is defined as bullying when the behavior hurts or harms another person physically or emotionally, and when the targets have difficulty stopping the behavior directed at them and struggle to defend themselves. Many definitions include a statement about the ”imbalance of power”, described as when the student with the bullying behavior has more “power”, either physically, socially, or emotionally. That may mean the student has a higher social status, is physically larger, or emotionally intimidating.
Impact of Bullying
Research about the short- and long-term damage caused by bullying shows that it affects students in many negative ways. It can affect their education - students may avoid school, lack concentration, and their grades may suffer. Bullying can also lead to physical and mental health problems, including sleeping problems, headaches and stomachaches, depression, self-harm (such as cutting), increased fear or anxiety, and thoughts of suicide.
Although Ms. Hertzog's comments were directed toward students I feel that the information she provided is applicable to all ages. I also feel that bullying is a serious problem in America ans for a former Ms. USA to conduct herself in such a manner. What does this say to our children, both those struggling with being bullied, and those who are bullying. Is Ms. USA really saying it's okay to publicly, humiliate, embarrass, and insult an innocent person.
I'm not judging Kenya Moore, and I don't know what she was thinking at the time but I would definitely like to her response and see her render an apology to Krystle and others who have been victims of bullying.