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Interview With Toccara Jones of America's Next Top Model 3

by aurora

If you’ve seen even one episode of ANTM3, you know that Toccara wants to be the first plus-sized super model. If anyone can pull that off, it’s her! Her spirit and confidence shone throughout the show, and she was just as much fun to speak with as I had hoped she would be. Read on!

Hi Toccara! First of all, congratulations! You were so amazing each and every week, and we’re all big fans of yours!

Oh, thank you! Thank you so much!

Last night Nigel said that you needed to reinstall your personality chip – what the heck was up with that?

I know! Can you believe he said that? I’m speechless! I can’t believe he said that, and I can’t believe they all agreed with him!

I’m happy though. Obviously the fans like me, since I’ve been Cover Girl of the Week for a few weeks now!

Well that leads to my next question – it’s been four weeks straight for you as Cover Girl of the Week, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it becomes five weeks. How does that feel?

It is such a joy! I watched the show last night, and I knew it was my night to go, but I was thinking that if I get Cover Girl of the Week again, it’ll all have been worth it.

It’s the fans that vote on that, and those are the people who will buy the products and buy the magazines that I’m modelling for, so it’s such a thrill. It’s so special to know that I have that kind of support.

Were you as surprised as we were that you were cut? When Tyra said that one person wanted it more, I thought for sure I’d be talking with Ann today.

I was totally surprised. Everyone and their momma knows that I want this more than anything! You definitely should have been interviewing Ann today!

What’s happening now? Have you had any offers coming your way?

Well I just got cut last night! I’m sure offers will start coming in soon. It’ll happen; I’m going to be the world’s first black plus-size super model!

Have you been reading any of the message boards, and have you felt the love and support of all your fans?

I do read some of them – they crack me up! I was reading some stuff last night, and even the people who said they didn’t like me were surprised that I got cut. So that was kind of nice.

What did you do to regain your confidence after facing the judges and the industry in general?

I take it all with a grain of salt. I’m a sensitive person and some of the things that went on hurt me, but you’ve gotta keep rolling. I shed my tears and I kept on going, that’s all I could do.

Did the argument last week between Janice and Tyra surprise you?

You know what, I was watching that on TV and my mouth was on the floor! I knew Tyra was supportive of me, but when she busted Janice and had that replay and everything I was yelling, “Yeah Tyra! You tell her! You go Tyra!”

Would you recommend this experience to other aspiring plus-size models?

Well, I would but only if you’re very confident, secure, and grounded. This is a harsh industry, and you have to know that you’re the best thing since sliced bread. You have to know it and believe it, and you have to remind yourself of it constantly. It was a great experience, but those people can tear you down and you have to be ready for it.

What were your high and low points on the show?

My low point was with Michelle, the stylist, who made such a big deal about the clothes not fitting me. That’s when the industry hit me right in the face. I felt the pressure that full-figured women go through. But it was a learning experience. I know I’ll face that again and again, and it was definitely an eye-opener for me. I know what to expect now.

My high point was getting picked to go to the house! Only 14 of us got that far, and it was so exciting to watch a dream coming true right before my eyes.

What would you like to say to you many fans out here?

I really want to thank everyone for their support! And don’t worry, you’ll be seeing me again soon!

Thanks so much Toccara – I’m looking forward to seeing you on the cover of Vogue one day!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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