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America’s Next Top Model: Ondrei Discusses Quitting The Show

March 05, 2011 11:30 AM by Allyson Wells

On America’s Next Top Model, a unique situation forced a model to leave the show.  The stunning Ondrei Edwards was mourning the loss of her two brothers, one of whom was murdered just months before the show started.  While Ondrei thought she could handle the competition, an acting exercise led by Nigel Barker forced all of those feelings of despair to the surface and Ondrei quit the show to grieve.

Even though Ondrei left an amazing opportunity, she still has no regrets about her decision.  “People are asking me if I have any regrets, and honestly I don’t, because I needed time to deal with what was going on.  I think that for people who don’t know me and people I don’t know, there are people saying that I left and they don’t know why, but people who know me best really supported my decision, and I got a lot of love and support from a lot of people.” 

Ondrei credits the acting lesson for getting her to face her grief.  “It made me realize that I had an issue.  It was an eye opener for me and showed that I had issues that I had to deal with.  It was more spiritual and emotional for me, rather than dealing with confronting ideas that I’m not good enough, because I know I’m good enough.

Even though she left America’s Next Top Model, Ondrei plans to continue pursuing a modeling career.  “I learned a lot about what I need to work on and how to take direction and I have a team of people working for me to make sure that I get my career going.  I’m not going to stop.”

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