'Artist' Meek Seeks Her Place in History
By Frank Lovece
Frank Lovece is a freelance writer.
December 22, 2003
ALOHA JOEY. "It's something that's gonna be written about in history books," enthuses Larissa Meek, the guys' prize in "Average Joe Hawaii," debuting Jan. 5 on WNBC/4. A self-described "full-time artist" who wants to start a marketing and Web-design company, Meek was Miss Missouri USA 2001 - the year before initial "Average Joe" beauty Melana Scantlin held the title. It looks like the producers are turning Missouri into the Joe Me State.
But getting back to history: "As an artist," Meek says, she likes being involved with a reality show because of "the whole idea of being part of a movement in our history," and she wants "to add that to my art." They say Picasso did the same after being in "The Real World: Guernica."
"I don't think we went into this with any great moral lesson to be told," says Stuart Krasnow, the executive producer with Andrew Glassman. Well, that's a relief.