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Black But Invisible
America’s Next Top Model Eliminee…
Kyle Goes Home… Watch What You Say…By Belinda Trotter-James
It baffles me on how some girls on America’s Next Top Model become the most hated in the house. Each cycle the girls target one poor unsuspecting contestant and until that person proves themselves or gets eliminated. They must put up with a whole lot of trash talking and isolation. The winner this year goes to Miss Kyle. She is the 20 year old, 5’10” beauty from Magnolia, Texas who wants to be a model or does she???.
Keep reading as she reveals in our exclusive interview what set off the girls to make her feel like the most unwanted girl in the modeling world and why she almost quit the show… Question: You made a statement on the show that you did not want to be there anymore and the girls would not let you forget your words. Why did you make that statement and how are you feeling now that you’re off the show?
Kyle: I did want to go home. What you don’t see is that we are under so much stress. There are no family phone calls and when you do speak to them it’s only five minutes once a week. I look to my mom for advice. We had early call times and were on the go most of the time. We had no time to sleep. It just made me breakdown. After I made the comment that I wanted to go home, I thought, “What have I done?” I could understand why the girls were mad at me. My spot could have been for someone else or just less competition for them. I was close to Candace and felt bad when she was eliminated. I really wanted to be there [on the show]. However, in my moment of weakness, I wanted to quit. I was glad when Tyra shared her story with me of when she was in Paris and the girls were not nice to her; she wanted to go home as well. I’m glad Tyra backed me up in front of the girls.
Question: What was your life like before the show?
Kyle: I was going to school, had a few jobs and I got a full eight hours of sleep. I gave up my education to be on the show. I tried out for cycle 14; I was obsessed with the show. Then I tried out for cycle 17. Then a scout found me on Model Mayhem and called me a few months later out of nowhere to be on the show. I was told to pack a bag because Tyra wants you in LA. You go on the show to win and not let anyone break your spirit. So, I got myself away from the girls in the house. I would just go to other parts of the house to be by myself.
Question: With everything that you experienced on the show, do you still want to be a model?
Kyle: Yes! I had to come to terms with some of the things I was experiencing and just get used to it. I was not a newbie to the photo shoots or runway fashion shows but not all day every day. It was a reality check with what the life of a model was all about each day. I’m up at 3AM at a shoot. I want to sleep. I was not used to living this way.
Question: What is the hardest part about being on the show?
Kyle: Not talking to your family is the hardest part about being on the show. I really needed my mom’s advice. It was tough being with girls all day. We shared a room, a bathroom, kitchen and cameras were everywhere. We were scared to go to the bathroom without being seen by a camera. People can say I should not have said I wanted to leave the show but once you’re in it, no one will understand what you go through to stay on the show.
Question: The judges said you always gave the same facial expressions and Kelly Cutrone thinks you’ve been going downhill weekly. Do you agree with the comments?
Kyle: I agree to an extent. The music video brought me down. I’m not a singer or dancer at all. At the dinner shoot Mr. Jay said I did the best. I was doing all types of crazy poses. When I saw my best shot, I told the judges that’s not my best photo. They did not air that comment.
Question: Why do you think you were eliminated?
Kyle: The music video along with the house drama.
Observation: I don’t think the competition is based on what happens in the house. It’s all about getting the shot. Things that happen in the house are sometimes kept away from the judges so they will not have a biased opinion about a contestant before seeing her best shot.
Question: You were selected to be in a fashion show and then at the rehearsal the designer pulled you out of the show at the last minute because you could not walk. What happened?
Kyle: I was swinging my hips a lot. I kept trying to fix my walk but it just was not good enough. I don’t blame her. If it was my line I would have done the same thing. If you feel a model is not up to par, you have to do what’s good for your line. I worked on my walk; it’s all you can do. Question: What type of modeling tip or technique have you learned that you could pass on to others?
Kyle: When going into a fashion shoot, give it your all. I was very insecure and did not get my mind going to not hold back. You must go in 100%.
Question: What will you do next?
Kyle: Well, (she smiles followed by a little giggle.) My fiancé and I are expecting a baby.
Well, I see congratulations are in order! That’s great! I told Kyle that she should model maternity clothing while waiting for her bundle of joy to arrive. She thought it was a good idea and said that her mother gave her the same advice. She also said that Kelly Cutrone said she would book her if she ever came to New York. Wow! What a great connection to have in your back pocket. It looks like Kyle has a happy future ahead. You can stay in touch with her on twitter @kylemodel. She is also on instagram as Kyle.
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