It's a great start to a story, isn't it? Better because it's true. I did this on Wednesday, meeting the famous "FSU Cowgirl" as part of ... well, I can't say much about it yet. Beyond the initial "wow" factor, the meeting taught me more about myself than I expected.
For those of you unfamiliar with Jenn's story, her and a couple friends dress up rather provocatively and go to football games. A crowd shot showed them and Brent Musberger said "Every red-blooded male just decided to sign up at FSU." Deadspin and other sites tried to find out who they were and did so through Facebook and MySpace. Then the media machine started. You can go to Deadspin and follow the saga.
When I found out I'd be meeting with Jenn for a project, my expectations were low. I hoped that the girl wouldn't be too fake, that she'd speak in complete sentences, and that she wouldn't annoy me too much. I figured the last thing the world needed was another Paris Hilton or Tara Reid, someone who'd been in the right place at the right time after meeting with the right plastic surgeon.
Then I met her.
The first thing I noticed is that she's stunning. I was doing a radio interview via phone when she first walked into the room and I unconsciously gave a very Keanuesque "whoa" in the middle of a sentence about Mark Prior's oblique. The pictures do not do her justice.
The second thing was that she was smart and funny. Throughout dinner, she was engaging, quick-witted, and even self-deprecating. The reactions she gets are amazing. As we went back to the hotel bar after dinner, I was walking about ten feet behind her, giving my a great vantage point to watch her almost literally stop a room. Heads turn. Men stared. Women stared. At another point, I was walking next to her into the bar and I noticed guys looking at her, then me. Some were thinking "What's she doing with HIM?" while others quickly looked away, figuring I could kick their ass or something.
I realized quickly that my thoughts of her had been dictated by the media, that the stereotype of the silicone celebrity doesn't hold in all cases. I think of myself as an open-minded guy, one not controlled by the media, but in this case, I was. Jenn Sterger is a girl that, looks aside, I'd want to hang out with. I just hope she feels the same.