Disillusioned with the reality of New York City and disheartened by living with a group of women, Cassie often longed for her home state of Oklahoma. She battled with the others’ perceptions of her eating disorder, and criticism from the judges. Find out how she feels about the way she was portrayed, her future plans, and much more!
Hi Cassie! What was your motivation to try out for America’s Next Top Model?
Well, I’ve grown up in a small town all my life and wanted to be a model my whole life. I saw the second season of ANTM and wanted to give it a shot. The show gives people who have no experience in the modelling world a chance, and that’s what I wanted to do.
How is your Uncle Mike doing now?
He’s doing a lot better! He’s been sick a lot over the past few years, but he’s doing much better now and enjoying life.
How do you see your future, career-wise? Will you still try modelling, or do you have other plans?
They made me out to look like I really didn’t want to be there, and that I didn’t really want to be a model. That’s not true at all. I actually did say that I planned to continue my quest, and I do.
How has your boyfriend reacted to seeing you on the show?
He is glad I was on it, but he gets upset just like I do when I’m portrayed as someone I’m not. He’s been very supportive though.
You mentioned several times that you weren’t happy there and wanted to go home – what exactly was making you so unhappy?
You know, when I got upset about something I’d say I wanted to go home. Those were moments in time, not the overall experience. They edited me as unhappy all the time, and it wasn’t like that. I was happy and grateful to be there and I didn’t take the opportunity for granted.
The fashion and modelling industry can be hard on young women. Was it as cut-throat and catty as it appears on television?
It’s so cut-throat, there are so many beautiful girls who want to get into the industry. You have to be constantly worried about your appearance and your weight, and you just have to understand and accept that. I did know that and accepted it going in. Weight is definitely an issue, as you saw with the Mark Bower scene.
Tyra wanted you to see a professional about your bulimic tendencies – did you do that, and what are your feelings now about the situation?
The bulimia thing was blown way out of proportion. It was far back in my past, and I only did it a couple of times. I don’t have an eating disorder, and I didn’t talk to a therapist. There was no need.
They played the whole thing up, probably as an example to other young women who want to get into modelling, so they don’t starting starving themselves or throwing up. It’s just frustrating to be portrayed as the girl with the eating disorder when I’m not.
Obviously you’re not thrilled with your editing – what do you think of the way the others are being edited? Is anyone getting overly positive or negative editing compared to what they’re really like?
I really can’t comment on that, it’s such a personal thing. I do hope that the rest of them aren’t as unhappy with their editing as I am.
Were you and Ann able to get past your differences after “Browniegate”?
Yes. You know, everyone was getting on each other’s nerves and the whole situation was just letting off stream and stress. Since we’ve been home, Ann and I have spoken and e-mailed each other, and we’ve settled our differences.
When it came down to you and Toccara, were you surprised to be the one eliminated?
No, I wasn’t surprised, but I was upset. I knew though – you just do, you know when it’s your time. I wanted to stay, but I wasn’t mad with anyone. Toccara works hard and really wants it. She deserved to stay, I can’t say anything bad about her.
Who was the toughest judge in your opinion?
Oh, it’s a mixture. They all want different things! I’d say Janice and Nigel. They expect the best because they’ve seen the best.
Was it hard to get used to being filmed 24/7?
The cameras were actually kind of fun at first. It was like “Hey, I’m on TV!” But then when you want to talk to someone on the phone or just need some privacy, it gets old fast. But then I went in knowing what to expect, so I can’t really complain about it.
What advice would you give to other young women who dream of becoming a model?
Don’t give up on the dream!
It’s not an easy process; there are millions of girls all vying to become models. But if you have the determination you can make steps in the right direction just like I did. You may not make it as a model, but you can take steps in the right direction towards your goal.
Finally Cassie, what field would you go into if modelling doesn’t work out for you?
Well I hope modelling does work out for me! But if it doesn’t, I’ll go to school and get a job like everyone else.
Thanks Cassie – best of luck!
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