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America’s Next Top Model C18
ALISHA WHITEWhat The… What The… What the heck went on at America’s Next Top Model? Two contestants in one cycle quit the show??!! Who quits a show that can change your life forever doing what you love… fashion modeling? Contestant, Louise Watts went first when she had a blow up with PR maven/judge, Kelly Cutrone. Now it’s Alisha White’s turn to say she has had enough!
NEVER SECOND GUESS YOURSELF
When I spoke to Alisha I did not expect to hear her sounding so relaxed and happy. There was no feeling of regret in her voice and I started to wonder if I was going mad. I wanted to knock some sense into her brain but when she explained why she did what she did, I realized I was not going mad and it made perfect sense for her to leave the show. In my exclusive interview Alisha reveals if she was out of her mind when she made the decision to leave the show. Read on for all the juicy details…
Question: Let’s just get right into it Alisha, what the heck were you thinking when you told Tyra you wanted to leave the show? Did something damage your brain during the last photo shoot when you were standing on top of a very tall building which scared you almost to death??? LOL
Alisha: (She laughed because if I could have turned by the hands of time for her to erase her decision, I would have done it.) I held it together from the beginning when I had to do an Elton John shoot. I couldn’t believe we had to do it. I said, “Huh”, to myself. I was getting there with my shots. I will give 200% however, my 200% was not good enough. I felt I had to do 100 times better than the other girls. I did not know my body could bend and twist like that. After awhile, I felt it was not me in the photos.
Question: What do you mean it was not you in the photos?
Alisha: In Britain I would take remarkable photos with little effort. In the U.S. I looked like an amateur in the photos. They were horrible. It looked like I have never modeled in my life. I have been modeling since I was eight years old. It was embarrassing to see those photos. I am a full time model back in the U.K. I looked at those photos and thought, “This is not me.” These photos could ruin my reputation. That’s when I said to myself that I cannot do this anymore. My photos were not good and I don’t know what the other photos look like because I never saw them. I like to model and I also like to be in control. On this show I was not in control. I started to question myself... “Am I a good model?”, “Can I be a good model?” I did not know what was happening to me. If you are going to give blood, sweat and tears and Tyra along with the other judges still are not happy, then what else can I give?
Question: Did you agree with the comments the judges made about you?
Alisha: I couldn’t believe some of the comments. I thought, “Huh?”, “What’s that?”, “Pardon?” I looked at the photos and said to myself, “You’re %&*t at what you do. You’re rubbish.” I’m glad it happened because I am the strongest person from that experience now. I’m so strong and nothing can knock me off course or make me doubt myself again. When you think you’re giving everything and become annoying to the other girls because you keep questioning yourself, it’s not good. The judges want me to show my legs in the photos but I can’t use my legs for everything. My marketing brand was not right for me. There was really no direction.
Question: You talked about your family a lot like you did not want to let go and grow up. Your family is there to guide you and motivate you so that when you’re on your own, you will survive. However, to hear you on the show, you seemed as though you were still that 8 year old girl.
Alisha: When I looked back at the show I thought, “Did I talk that much about my family?” I do this for them and for me. I do put my family first. Britain’s Next Top Model is just a very small fragment of what I do. I’ve got so many other things going for me to do. There are so many projects and things being thrown at me. I know I will make mistakes however; I have no regrets about leaving the show. I know in my heart I did the right thing for me. I’m not a selfish person and I did not want to take away an opportunity from another girl who really wanted it. If I would have stayed, I would have acted like a damned fool. I would have looked like a damned fool. The last thing you want is to look like a damned fool on national television. So I said to myself that I better get the @#!*% out of here before I embarrass myself. Let me leave.
Note to Reader: I never laughed so hard at an interview. Alisha was too funny. Was she right? Did we miss out on seeing a UK girl entertain us with buffoonery? We will never know.
Question: Well, at least you did overcome your fear of heights by posing on top of the tower. You were about 756 feet in the air. You did it! Yeah! Was it really that bad?
Alisha: It was so windy and slippery. I hate heights. I would not have been booked for a shoot like that. My agent would have said don’t waste your time or money because she is afraid of heights. I’m surprised I did it.
Question: You said that the British version of top model was different from the American version. What did you mean?
Alisha: In Britain it’s the real thing but not the real thing if you know what I mean. In the U.S. you see all the big dogs; Tyra and the rest. The British version was hard but, in the U.S. I felt like I wanted to please Tyra more. What I’m giving is 200 billion percent and she still was not happy.
Observation: I think if Tyra shows everyone that she is happy, they would not push themselves to the limit. Remember, this is a 14-week model boot camp and there is always a test. The goal from the judge’s point of view is to get rid of the weakest model each week. I guess the plan worked because two contestants in one cycle quit.
Question: Did you love your makeover?
Alisha: Yes I did! I loved it. They don’t know this but in 2005 I permed my hair and it fell out. So, I cut it off on one side. They thought I was going to get mad and start crying but I loved it.
Question: I wondered if your hair was annoying because you kept scratching and patting your head in the model house.
Alisha: (she laughs and says) I thought I lost some of my brain. It felt like I had another person on my head at times. I kept patting to keep from scratching my brain out.
Wow! What an adventure Ms. White received while in the United States of America! From our conversation she would not take back one moment. In fact she said she is glad it happened exactly the way it did because she learned so much from the experience.
At times I wonder if ‘Top Model loses its focus on the type of girls to cast on the show. On one hand some of the girls are already working models and the judges try to intimidate them into feeling like they know nothing. It would be nice if the contestants could see all the photos of the shoots to determine if the best shot was chosen. Alisha could not believe that out of all her shots, the photos that were actually chosen could ruin her career on national television. Mr. Jay said that she did a good job. On the other hand you do have inexperienced girls who know nothing. Those are the girls who the judges could mold and not have to worry about back talk and feel good about themselves because they are the experts.
Well, life is a journey of tests and challenges mixed in with fun and adventure. If that’s what Alisha learned on her American journey, then it was worth every tear. So, my advice to you would be to stop stressing and enjoy the journey. Fans can keep in touch with Alisha on twitter….@MsAlishaWhite.
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