Meghan Markle says she was ‘treated like a bimbo’ during her Deal Or No Deal days
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Meghan Markle said she was treated ‘like a bimbo’ during her stint as a ‘briefcase girl' on Deal Or No Deal.
On the latest episode of the Duchess of Sussex’s podcast, Archetypes, she opened up about being objectified while interviewing Paris Hilton.
Markle reflected on her days while working on the American game show and while she said she is grateful that she secured a job that could ‘pay the bills’, she admitted to not liking how she felt while on the programme.
Between 2006-2007, Markle worked on 34 episodes of Deal Or No Deal, but she ultimately left the show as she wanted to find something with more ‘substance’.
She said: “I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage. 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.”
The Duchess revealed that women on the show would go as far as to stuff their bras and wear eyelashes and extensions to appease the executives.
She added: “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 our beauty”.
Markle also said that the women at the show's helm often told the briefcase girls to ‘suck in their stomachs’ as the cameras rolled.
At the start of the podcast episode, the mother-of-two also disclosed how ‘anxious’ she was to interview Hilton.
She admitted to ‘misjudging’ her before meeting as the tabloids had frequently portrayed Hilton as a ‘bimbo’ and a ‘dumb blonde’.
However, Hilton said that the ‘fake persona’ she carved out for herself was a trauma response to attending her abusive boarding school.
The socialite-turned-DJ said: "The only thing that kept me going in there was thinking about who I wanted to be and who I wanted to become when I got out of there.
“In there I started, kind of, building this sort of fantasy life, and Barbie doll character, I guess, just to not think about the pain.”
Hilton added that her ‘Barbie’ persona was built on the idea that she was ‘beautiful’ and ‘always happy’.
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