Prior to becoming the Duchess of Sussex and before becoming an actress with her leading role as Rachel Zane on ‘Suits,’ Meghan Markle was a model on the hit game show “Deal or No Deal,” hosted by Howie Mandel.
Now, years later, she is opening up about her time on the show, revealing the raunchy secrets and unfortunate things the models were told.
Meghan Markle Reminisces About ‘Deal or No Deal’
“This brought back a lot of memories,” she said, admitting that even though she was grateful for her time on the show, she was not being valued for her brain or personality, and rather for her looks.
“I had also studied international relations in college, and there were times I was on set at ‘Deal or No Deal’ and thinking back to my time working as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina in Buenos Aires and being in the motorcade with the security of treasury at the time and being valued specifically for my brain,” she said. “Here, I was being valued for something quite the opposite.”
The 41-year-old continued to explain how “cookie cutter” the show’s process was, admitting that before tapings, all the models would line up at different stations — including lashes, extensions, and padding for bras — to ensure they all looked perfect.
“There was a very cookie-cutter idea of precisely what we should look like. It was solely about beauty — and not necessarily about brains,” Markle said.
“When I look back at that time, I’ll never forget this one detail — because moments before we’d get on stage, there was a woman who ran the show and she’d be there backstage, and I can still hear her. She couldn’t properly pronounce my last name at the time and I knew who she was talking to because she’d go, ‘Markle, suck it in! Markle, suck it in!’,” she continued to explain.
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The former ‘Suits’ actress concluded by saying that even though she is grateful for her time on the game show as it allowed her to pay bills, she is not grateful for the way the show made her feel about herself.
“I was thankful for the job, but not for how it made me feel, which was not smart,” she continued. “And by the way, I was surrounded by smart women on that stage with me, but that wasn’t the focus of why we were there. I would end up leaving with this pit in my stomach knowing that I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage.”
She concluded, “I didn’t like being forced to be all looks and little substance, and that’s how it felt for me at the time — being reduced to this specific archetype.”
Speaking with special guests, Markle will “uncover the origin of these stereotypes and have uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape narratives,” on her podcast, according to reports.