Meghan Markle Says She Was “Reduced to a Bimbo” During Her Time on Deal or No Deal

Megan Markle opened up about their time deal or no deal at the interview Paris Hilton for the latest episode of her archetypes podcast and explained that while she was grateful to be able to pay the bills as an actress, the job took a toll on her self-esteem.

In the episode, the Duchess opens up about her brief stint as “briefcase girl” on the game show in 2006 and admits she felt the TV performance had “little substance”. “I also studied International Relations in college and was on set sometimes deal or no deal and when I think back to my time as an intern at the US Embassy in Argentina in Buenos Aires and back then I was in the motorcade with the safety of the treasury and specially appreciated for my brain,” she explained. “Here I was valued for something completely different.”

the previous suits star explained that she and all of the models she worked with were given spray tan vouchers every week and had to line up at different stations before having their lashes taped, extensions added and bras padded. Meghan said: “There was a very powerful vision of exactly what we should look like. It was all about beauty – and not necessarily about brains. Looking back on that time I will never forget this one detail: just before we got on stage there was a woman running the show and she was backstage and I can still hear her. She couldn’t pronounce my last name right at the time and I knew who she was talking to because she said, ‘Markle, suck it up! Markle, suck it up!’”

Eventually she was able to quit that job and move on to bigger and better things. And while she’ll always be “grateful” for this opportunity, she’s not grateful for how it made her feel, “which wasn’t smart.” By the way, I was surrounded with smart women on this stage with me, but that was not the reason why we were there. I would end up leaving with this hole in my stomach, knowing that I was so much more than what was being objectified on stage. I didn’t like being forced to have looks and little substance, and that’s how it felt to me at the time – being reduced to that specific archetype: the word ‘Bimbo’.”

During her conversation with Hilton, the heiress also revealed this when she was cast opposite Nicole Richie on the reality show The simple life, the producers told her to play the character of the “rich dumb blonde,” a character that was also beginning to make its way into her real life. “I almost got stuck and lost in the character where at some points I was like the lines blurred or I, it’s like I forgot who I was,” Hilton explained. “And I don’t know, makes me sad because I used to be such a free spirit, and I was just like, I don’t know, just not that closed off.”

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