Kristi didn’t get involved in the drama going on with the models, but she wanted to! Find out why, and what she thinks of the whole experience.
Hi Kristi! After you were eliminated, you seemed unsure of your future as a model. Have you decided to continue now?
Yes, I do want to continue! I really like modelling, I just don’t like being judged constantly.
You didn’t get involved with all of the fighting and drama going on in the suite. Did it affect you at all?
I think so, yes. I kinda wish I had been more involved though! It would have allowed me to get all of my anger and frustrations out. I thought it was ridiculous though. It was very stressful being in the middle of all the fighting. You know when you’re a kid and your parents fight? That’s what it felt like.
Were you surprised to be eliminated? Did you think anyone else deserved to go instead?
In some ways, yes. My photograph for People magazine was not the worst picture by far. I thought I was improving each time. But at the same time, I knew it was my turn. When we were waiting for the judges, I just knew. That’s why I didn’t cry at the end, because I had already prepared myself for it.
Jen made more sense to be eliminated, with the whole ANTM thing on her butt. But it was my time to go!
The judges and photographers felt you were holding back – do you agree?
Yes, I do agree. It’s hard when you’re on camera all the time. I was afraid to let myself go. I was afraid to go too far and look silly. I know I could do better in the real world, where everything you do isn’t recorded.
If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I’d have a thicker skin and not let the judges get to me. I’d be less afraid of failure.
What was your favourite part of the whole experience?
Jamaica, for sure. It just exemplified the lifestyle, it was crazy! We go out there, get these fabulous bikinis, pose on the rocks, and then 12 hours later we’re back in the US.
Was the Heatherette show your first time on a runway?
Officially, yes. I did the runway when I was 15, but I don’t think that counts!
What was the experience like for you?
It was fun! It was just a blast. The clothes were crazy and I had a tiger painted on my face! We get there, and 45 minutes later we’re walking the runway. It was incredible. It was a great first time!
You weren’t too thrilled about the topless Lee Jeans shoot – was that modesty or a fear of how your family would react?
It was a mixture. My family loves me and trusts that I will do the right thing; I just wasn’t sure what the right thing was! I knew it would come up, I saw the first two cycles of the show. I was prepared for it. But when I thought about it, I knew it would be tasteful since it was going to appear in People magazine.
I didn’t freak out, obviously, or you would definitely have seen that on TV!
What advice would you give to other girls who are considering applying for the show?
Get a lot of sleep before you go! ‘Cause once you get there you won’t get much at all.
Know yourself very well. Know what you love about yourself and stick to it no matter what, no matter what anyone else says – because I can guarantee what they say will be negative.
Thanks for your time Kristi, and good luck to you!
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