The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, opened up about the time when she was a briefcase-holding model in Deal or No Deal.
Meghan was on the show for a year, from 2006 to 2007. In her podcast, Archetypes, she revealed how she felt and why she quit her job.
Prince Harry’s wife said that she was being objectified on stage. She also told her podcast guest, Paris Hilton, that she disliked being “all looks and no substance.”
Moreover, Meghan recalled her time back in Deal or No Deal and said she was much more than that. When talking to Paris Hilton, she concluded that she was only being reduced to the “bimbo” archetype.
The former actress said she was surrounded by smart women, but the entire show was focused on her looks. Meghan also said she was thankful for the job, which provided her with a steady income and health insurance.
However, she preferred other professional opportunities, where she was rewarded specifically for her brains and not her appearance.
First, the Duchess of Sussex took the job because it provided her with enough income to sustain herself while auditioning. She wanted to be an actress, so she needed steady revenue in the meantime.
Meghan also mentioned that when she was a briefcase girl in Deal or No Deal, her thoughts would go back to her time as an intern for the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, a job in which she was valued for her intelligence.
“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 stated.
“Here, I was being valued for something quite the opposite,” she added.
In Deal or No Deal, all briefcase girls had to go through hair, lashes, bra padding, and makeup stations. They also had a spray tan voucher per week.
According to Meghan, it was a very “cookie-cutter” idea of what they should look like.