September 09, 2008 05:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Following the first elimination during the premiere of America’s Top Model, ShaRaun told reporters the program’s portrayal of her, which emphasized her confidence and not much else, was incomplete.
She was unhappy that America didn’t get to learn that she spent her spring break working for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans and that she is still a virgin who speaks openly about practicing abstinence and safe sex.
She also felt that her relationship with trangendered contestant Isis, was misconstrued.
She said that after they showed her commenting that, ‘I don’t think a drag queen will win America’s Next Top Model,’ she had become friends with Isis becoming very cool and one of her friends. She said,”so it wasn’t anything like me hating on her or anything like that. It was just me answering a question that I had been asked.”
Brittney who took on the name ShaRaun because there were two other Brittney’s in the final 14, said that she felt that the judges and some of the other girls may have misinterpreted her energy, determination and drive to become a successful model as over confidence. Calling herself “hungry,” “young,” and “ready to break into the industry,” she added that her determination could be seen in the sacrifices she made to initially get onto the show. She felt that everyone should have seen how much she wanted to win by the fact that she missed her prom and her graduation to do the show.
ShaRaun, who had no previous modelling experience also wondered how far she could have made it if she would have stayed in the competition and been able to gain more experience and training from the experts and judges. “Coming from that and having made it this far into the competition with no experience and no propertraining at all, that’s huge! And I think that if I had stayed in the competition a little longer I could’ve been molded and shaped into that ideal model and a better model and learned the tricks and trades of modeling.”
ShauRaun has learned from this experience and is using it to help her grow. “The best experience you can learn in life is rejection,” she said. “To be rejected makes me stronger and makes me a better person.”
She is thinking of Top Model as a stepping stone and the fact that she got eliminated so early on allows her to pursue her career as a model as well as branch off into acting and singing for which she also has a passion for. She is taking a year off from school to pursue her dream and may make a move to New York City.
“Yeah I’m confident. But I’m very humble within and I’m just very humble and grateful to have made it as far as I did,” she said of her overall experience on Top Model. “I beat 100,000 girls. That’s huge! And I’m just so proud of myself.”
The show airs Wednesdays on the CW at 8 PM ET.
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