Meghan Markle says she was 'treated like a bimbo' with a 'padded bra' as 'briefcase girl' on Deal or No Deal in latest Archetypes podcast
The actress told her listeners 'I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage.'
Meghan Markle has discussed her time as a 'briefcase girl' on quiz show Deal or No Deal in her latest episode of Archetypes.
The US actress was joined by Paris Hilton on this week's instalment Spotify series, and told her listenings how when she appeared on the programme in 2006 she was expected to 'line up' for various beauty treatments including 'padding in your bra' before going on air.
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', adding: 'It's a word that is used to cut down a beautiful woman to kind of say well she's beautiful, but maybe she's slutty or maybe she's silly or stupid'.
'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. Like I said, I was thankful for the job but not for how it made me feel which was not smart'.
The Duchess elaborated further on her time on the NBC show saying: 'There were times when 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, Buenos Aires, and being in the motorcade with the secretary of treasury at the time and being 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.'
The episode follows the same vein of the rest of the series - with the Duchess candidly sharing stories from her experiences - and life in the royal family.
She told her US socialite guest, Paris about her aspirations for her daughter Lilibet saying: 'I want our daughter to aspire to be slightly higher. Yeah, I want my Lili to want to be educated and want to be smart and to pride herself on those things’.