Leah was eliminated at the end of last night’s show. She has a very positive attitude, and is not going to let her early departure from ‘Top Model’ stop her from realizing her dreams!
Hi Leah! When you left the show last night, you said that you weren’t going to give up just because someone told you ‘no’. Are you still actively pursuing modelling now?
As a matter of fact, I’ve moved to New York City to do just that! I just got here, and of course there are contractual obligations with ANTM that I have to complete before seeking out an agency, but I’m here and I’m ready to do it!
Did Tyra’s ‘soccer mom’ comment surprise you at all?
Not at all! I agree with her! I do have that look – I’m cute and a bit of a plain jane, but that’s what I have to work with. I took Tyra’s comments as a way of letting me know what I need to do with my look, that I need to make it more edgy. I think I showed a small amount of that in the photo shoot – that was no soccer mom in that bikini! But I want to show more. I thought her comments were funny.
You left the room very quickly after being eliminated. Was that just editing, or did it happen that way? What was going through your head at the time?
You know, the editing for this show has been done amazingly well. What you saw was exactly what happened. I just turned around and walked out.
As Tyra was handing out the pictures, I just had a gut feeling. I realized it wasn’t going to happen for me right here, right now. So then I thought I could deal with this one of two ways. I didn’t want to go out on a negative note, crying or upset. So I held my head high and walked out with confidence. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the girls, because I didn’t feel it was goodbye. I’ll be seeing them again in the real world.
It wasn’t meant to be mean-spirited at all, and I hope it didn’t come across that way!
Is it hard to deal with the criticism from the judges?
It really is, it’s hard to hear. Especially standing in front of your peers. But you’ve gotta take it and make something good out of it.
During the bikini shoot, were you given any feedback that things weren’t going so well?
No, but it wasn’t that much of a surprise. When I was standing on the rocks, I could tell I wasn’t in sync with what Nigel (the photographer) wanted. I got sidetracked, trying to think of what to do and how to give Nigel what he was looking for. I was nervous too, which showed!
How do you feel about the rest of the girls? Is there anyone you’re rooting for to win?
Jennipher really spices things up – she’s a riot, and I think the viewers will get a lot form her. She’s hilarious! Norelle, she’s the Cinderella story. She’s a bit naïve, but she has such a good heart. Kristi is very down to earth.
What did you think of the whole situation with Eva and Ann?
Oh, that was just plain silly. Really, it’s not a slumber party, it’s a competition. I know they really do care for each other and are still friends now, but only one person can win.
Here’s some advice for anyone who wants to go on the show – don’t be mean, but stay focused. You’re there for yourself!
Eva and Ann are both gorgeous women with great bodies and great personalities, but sooner or later they’re bound to go head to head for something, and it’s going to be hard for them! You need to just worry about yourself.
Is there anything else you’d like to add about yourself that we may not have seen during your too-brief time on the show?
Just that I don’t take myself too seriously! We were all laughing and joking around and having fun, but you didn’t get to see much of that in an hour’s show. I wish they could have shown more of my light-heartedness, rather than just my serious side.
Thanks Leah for speaking with us! Good luck in NYC!
Thanks very much!
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