But maybe you didn’t know that she was briefly one of the briefcase-holding models on the game show Deal or No Deal.
Meghan appeared on the show from 2006 to 2007 — and as she recently revealed on an episode of her Archetypes podcast, she decided to quit the job herself.
“I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage,” she told her guest, Paris Hilton. “I didn’t like feeling 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: the word ‘bimbo.'”
“I was surrounded by smart women on that stage with me, but that wasn’t the focus of why we were there, and 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.”
Meghan noted that she was grateful to have a job that provided health insurance and steady income — but she also couldn’t help but think back to past gigs she’d worked, where she was “valued specifically for my brain.”
“Here, I was being valued for something quite the opposite. I mean, you have to imagine, just to paint the picture for you, that before the tapings of the show, all the girls, we would line up. And there were different stations for having your lashes put on, or your extensions put in, or the padding in your bra.”
“We were even given spray-tan vouchers each week because there was a very cookie cutter idea of precisely what we should look like. It was solely about beauty and not necessarily about brains.”
Listen to the entire episode here.
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