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America’s Next Top Model: Lexie Dishes On Tyra Banks And Feud With Kacey

October 09, 2010 01:30 PM by Allyson Wells


On the latest episode of America’s Next Top Model, Lexie struggled to showcase her personality in her modeling and was eliminated from the competition.  The elimination was a surprise because Tyra Bankshad praised Lexie for her unique look.  She also got into a heated confrontation with Kacey, a model that doesn’t seem to be making any friends.  Lexie recently spoke in an interview about what it was like to meet supermodel Karolina Kurkova, as well as her experience on America’s Next Top Model:

Question:  Tyra said you looked nervous at panel. Did you think you might be leaving?
Lexie:  Oh, I knew I was going home. I wouldn’t even say I was nervous. Actually, after deliberation Jane was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going home’. I was like, ‘Jane, no! You’re not going home. I’m going home’. She said, ‘No I think I’m going home’. I was like, ‘Jane, you’re crazy! I’m clearly going home’, and I did. Oh well!

Question:  You said the judges didn’t give you good feedback but during the deliberation Tyra said you had a unique face and potential, so you did get some support from her?
Lexie:  That’s definitely true. It wasn’t anything I saw when I was there though. I always wondered what they said in deliberation so that was an interesting part of watching the show. I’m surprised and I was also surprised that Andre was actually pretty nice about me. But, Mr Jay is the one we interact with and is at the photoshoot giving the feedback. I got the worst feedback ever the entire photoshoot so I knew from that. I was like, ‘Oh well, that’s fun. The photoshoot is over and I’m going home!

Question:  How frustrating was it to not to win the conveyor belt challenge?
Lexie: I will admit, I was very frustrated I didn’t win. I am very honest with myself and others. I didn’t deserve to win the whole competition. I deserved to win that damn conveyor belt runway. It was very, very difficult. That was underplayed if anything. That was very difficult. We went on it twice. The first time, it was a surprise. But knowing you had to go back and do it again, that killed me. I was actually scared.

Question:  Tyra said you have a big personality but it wasn’t showing up in pictures. Did she give you any advice on how to work on that?
Lexie: No, she just said work on it. One thing I am doing when I do test shoots, I try to call the shots more on what the premise of the shoot is and I want photo shoots that show my personality. I don’t really know what she was talking about to be honest, so I don’t know how to work on it.

Question:  How was it hanging out with Karolina Kurkova?
Lexie:  That was great. She is so nice. She is really down-to-earth and answered any questions we had. She was hanging out with us and gave us good tips and seemed really great.

Question:  We all know that you and Kacey didn’t see eye-to-eye from the very beginning. What went wrong between you?
Lexie:  I would say her personality went wrong (laughs)! We just don’t get along. In real life – not Top Model life – she is the type of person I would avoid, but she is always around. She just has a bad vibe and she is kind of like a really big Debbie Downer but also mean and selfish. I can’t keep my mouth shut around people like that. I’m not going to lie to her and I’m especially not going to say things behind her back and not own up to it. In real life I don’t think that would have happened because I wouldn’t have put myself in that situation.

Question:  She said that you only speak up against her when your “back-up bitches” are around. What did she mean?
Lexie:  Yeah, I saw that watching the show and I thought it was ridiculous! It just so happens to be that everyone else agrees with me; it’s not like I had my back-up bitches or whatever the hell she said. That’s just the kind of mindset she has. She is obviously wrong, everyone agreed with me and was around. We were all sitting upstairs and she came and started screaming at me when we were having a good conversation without her. It got to the point where Kacey would walk into a room and everyone would stop talking; that’s how bad it was. She walked into our room upstairs and Liz was like, ‘The kitchen is downstairs, your bathroom is downstairs, your room is downstairs, you stay downstairs. There is no reason for you to come up here and start stuff’. I completely agreed. She was just trying to start problems and whatever. I wasn’t having it.

Question:  Will you continue to model?
Lexie:  I’ve been doing test shoots while the show was airing but I don’t know how much I will pursue modeling. I’m really focusing on the acting thing. I do enjoy modeling but there are certain parts of the industry that I don’t enjoy and don’t want to be a part of.

Question: What did you learn about yourself from participating on America’s Next Top Model?
Lexie: It just solidified the fact that I am obnoxious. (laughs) I knew that. I learned that I am not as competitive as I thought I was. I am competitive when it comes to sports or games. When it came to the competition, I was more there just to be there. I wanted to win but it wasn’t do or die. It wasn’t that big of a deal for me, which, I guess, it is good I got eliminated, so some girl who really, really wants it can take the title. I just kept telling myself, like when we went to auditions, “I would love just to be on casting week. That would be so amazing.” Then I got to casting week and I was, “I wish I could make it to the first episode.” Then, I made it into the house and I made it kind of far.

While Lexie might not be continuing to model, Tyra Banks seemed to have a lot of faith in the aspiring actress and model.  Tyra told Lexie before she left the show that she just wasn’t ready yet, but might be one day.

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