RACHEL’S THUMBS DOWN
Blonde Californian beauty queen Rachel Walter had high hopes for tanned, fit, volleyball players from Down Under, but when the geeks turn up she finds herself saying, ‘You’re not Australian, are you?’
anted: Hot American girls to meet Aussie guys. The casting call was a no-brainer for Californian beauty queen Rachel Michelle Walter.
Though familiar with the Beauty and the Geek format, the bubbly 25-year-old (who rates her looks a modest “10 out of 10”), says the boys didn’t live up to her expectations.
“I’ve always had this huge vision of Aussie guys being like, the sexiest men alive, because Chris Hemsworth is like one of my biggest fans. I mean, I wish he was one of my biggest fans. I’m one of his biggest fans,” she says.
“So I always had this image that they were super-tanned, and fit, and probably played volleyball all the time.
“But then of course we met the geeks, and I was like, ‘You’re not Australian, what are you?’.”
This year the show, hosted by James Tobin, kicks off in Las Vegas, where our geeks are put through their paces by the beauties. Rachel says she and the other girls did their best with what they were given.
“We went to a couple of bars, and we would teach them how to dance, and pick up on girls, and it was so hard because their appearance makes it so difficult,” she says.
“Nobody would give them the time of day, especially in Vegas, you know, there’s a lot of amazing looking girls.
“So I think looks are really important. It shouldn’t be, because it makes me sound shallow. But it’s human nature to be like, he’s hot, I’m going to go and talk to him.”
Rachel spent time on the beauty pageant circuit in her early twenties, and vied for the Miss California crown. There the Marilyn Monroelookalike (her description) found a business opportunity.
“I started a company from that (experience),” she says. “Self-protection is a very important thing in America. So many bad things happen. So I came up with a product called Safely Sexy and it’s like, cute pepper sprays. They’re like, cheetah, hot pink, really cute designs.”
Her other talent, doing “England accents”, was less appreciated by the Aussies.
“I did my accent for the party trick. One of the geeks was like, ‘That was the worst f---ing accent I’ve ever heard’. I was like, “What are you talking about? I’m so good at it.”