By Jeffrey Epstein
When first we first met Rachel Robinson, she was an 18-year-old queer competitor on MTV�s Road Rules. Now, at 22, she�s competed on numerous Real World/Road Rules challenges (winning once so far), and she can currently be seen as a �Bad Ass� team member on the latest challenge: �The Inferno 2.� But outside of nonstop competitions, Robinson and fellow teammate Veronica Portillo have started a T-shirt business called College Drop Out. The name is fitting as neither finished college, but they can still kick your butt�and they make cool shirts, too!
What made you want to get into the T-shirt business?
After Battle of the Sexes 2, I was wearing a lot of shirts with political messages. Shane [Landrum, her also-queer Road Rules teammate] and I have been communicating with each other through shirts for a long time��Where's Rachel?� or �Where's Shane?� People would stop me on the street and ask me where they could find the shirts I wore on the shows. I realized there was a market for this. Veronica and I had a passion and wanted to go into the T-shirt company. So that�s how it started.
After all those challenges, shouldn�t you maybe be raking it in as a trainer?
[Laughs] I�ve actually thought about it. I always get girls coming up to me asking how I stay in shape. But to tell you the truth, the T-shirt business is so much fun. It�s really rewarding to come up with an idea, bring it to life, and see it on someone. It�s cool. Stressful, I will admit. But definitely rewarding.
How many challenges have you done at this point?
I�ve done four. �Battle of the Sexes,� �The Gauntlet��where I was a winner, �Battle of the Sexes 2,� and �The Inferno 2.�
You know what? I started so young. I�m still so young�I�m 22 now. I started it when I was 18. If you�re 19, 20, 21, and they call you to compete on a TV show for thousands of dollars and a vacation in Jamaica, you don�t turn it down. And I�m the kind of person who loves competition.
What was your favorite moment of this challenge?
Competitively, it was when I got the bullseye on the �X Marks the Spot� challenge. I won $10,000 for my team on my own. But Tonya throwing Beth�s clothes in the pool was definitely a night I�ll never forget.
What�s been your favorite moment of any challenge?
My first challenge�it was still such a new thing, all the cast members had come together. It wasn�t what it is today. It�s become a calculated market where everyone comes on with an agenda. On my first challenge, it was really relaxed for the most part and everyone was really genuine. When I got voted off, I got a lot of love by the cast. I think getting voted off on Battle of the Sexes was my favorite moment ever. I got to see how much people really liked me. So it worked in my favor.