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America’s Next Top Model: Dominique Discusses Elimination

March 12, 2011 11:30 AM by Allyson Wells

On America’s Next Top Model, Dominique struggled with nearly every aspect of the competition.  From slipping in the plastic bubble, to faltering at the couture photo shoot, Dominique was quickly eliminated despite her unique look.  She not only spoke out about her experience on the show, but also suggested Tyra Banks’ show is rigged and not a true taste of the modeling industry.

Question: When you were eliminated, you said that you had a great personality, but it just didn’t show. Tyra also said that she felt you walked away from the competition a little bit. If you had it to do over again, would you do anything differently?

Dominique: If I had to do it over again, I would disregard the fact that it’s reality TV, and focus more on the competition. The reason why the judges said that I walked away from the competition is because I just kinda started to realize that it was all for ratings and it was all for reality TV. They didn’t really care about our feelings at all.

Question:  Did you feel that your photo shoot went poorly before you went into panel?

Dominique:  No, I don’t think the photo shoot went poorly, it’s just a matter of my realistic thinking and understanding that it’s a reality TV show. I mean, my opinion is that it’s a reality TV show before an actual modeling competition. So, yeah.  Just the stuff that happens behind the scenes. You have to understand that I was in this competition with no experience, amongst these other girls who had experience, so that was kind of like a downfall. On top of that, you have people like Alexandria that are there so, I don’t know. Look at it this way: Every photo shoot that we do, we take like a million and one photos, of course not literally, but we basically take a million photos. We can’t see none of them. We can’t see any photos. Not one. The only photo that you see is when you go to panel and Tyra says, “This is your photo.” You look at that photo and you know you took a million and one photos, so don’t tell me that that photo is always the best one out of the bunch. I feel like they can manipulate the situation where if they want you to go home that week, they can make you go home. All they have to do is put up a bad photo. It’s not like anyone else knows what other photos you had. 

Question:  Do you feel like you had any experiences there that did translate to the real modeling world? Did you learn anything that you felt might help you in the future?

Dominique:  I don’t think there’s anything that necessarily has to do with modeling, because there wasn’t a time that I felt we really got some one-on-one attention about, “Oh, you should do this or work on that.” When we got our criticism from Mr. Jay, it was kind of like just thrown up in the air, and you want to know how you could fix it, but there’s never really an explanation for how to fix it. So as for the modeling world, no. But as for just reality and living life, what I could take from that whole experience is just that you can’t quit on yourself. If you quit on yourself, everybody else will quit on you as well. A prime example, Tyra said, “Oh, you look overwhelmed. You must be overwhelmed from the competition.” Yeah, I quit. Behind closed doors or personally, I quit the competition before I was eliminated, because of my realistic thinking or opinion that this is really, honestly, just a reality TV show and it’s really not a modeling competition. It’s not really about making people who aren’t models into models.

Question:  Did you feel like that the entire time, or is that something you realized as you went along?

Dominique:  No, I realized it after a while. It grew on me. When you get there, you’re just excited to be there. You’re like, “OK, it’s a competition, we gotta do this,” you know. But then you start seeing stuff that is just very questionable behind closed doors. You’re like, “OK, well, OK, well…” and the next thing you know, you’re like, “This is totally different from what I thought it was supposed to be about.”

Question: You weren’t sold on your makeover initially.  What look were you hoping to get? And did you end up keeping the look you were given?

Dominique: I did want the red hair, because I’ve always thought about dyeing my hair red. The footage you guys saw made it look like I hated it. The people who edit know what they’re doing, but if you saw my whole day, you’d know that the reason I was upset was because I was mad at my eyebrows, they were really red and I thought I looked like a clown. I did keep the look until a couple weeks ago, when I went a little lighter and made it kind of a orangey color. I don’t have the curls anymore either, I went straight.

Question:  So are you glad you left as early as you did?

Dominique:  Oh yeah. You all didn’t see that. When I was up there with Tyra, it looked like I was starting to tear up, because of course you don’t want to go home. But when the curtain was closed and all the other girls left the scene and I did my on the fly interview, I was happy. I was happy to leave. I was jumping for joy, like “Oh my gosh, I’m done with this. Now I can actually talk on the phone, use the internet, watch TV.”

Question:  What’s your read on Alexandria?

Dominique:  Of course, and honestly, that’s the whole side of her. That’s both sides of her. Alexandria, I couldn’t care less about her. But I did call her after the whole show was taped, and I talked to her myself, because there wasn’t an opportunity that I had personally to talk to her about how I felt about her. So I called her and didn’t exactly apologize, but talked to her about why I felt the way I felt towards her, and tried to get her to understand why everyone was so against her. But Miss Alexandria is from the Los Angeles area so I call her Miss Hollywood, and to me that’s all she is, she’s nothing but somebody who’s just like, so totally fake, or whatever. Perhaps that is her natural personality, but it’s just too much. She just needs to tone it down, point blank.

Question: If you could pick one girl to win this competition, whom would you pick, and why?

Dominique: I think that Brittani will win the competition; she just has something about her, every picture that they show of her comes out to be flawless, and she has a story behind her. If I could pick someone to win, I’d have picked Ondrei; she has a grace about her, and there’s something about her that the world would have loved to see.

Question:  What are your future plans?

Dominique:  Well, I plan on moving as soon as I can and I’m going to be full-fledged trying to pursue the modeling industry. As soon as I get that green light that I can actually pursue, I’m going to be knocking on the door of every agency I can, in hopes that I can get someone who can work with me and help me be the potential model that a lot of people think I can be, and that I think I can be.

What did you think of Dominique’s comments?  It is interesting that she suggested that the show is rigged.  I can’t say I agree with that because the judges will many times say during panel, “Out of all of your photos, this was the only good one.”  It’s possible that there were no good photos to show.  I do agree with her take on Alexandria, though.  Hopefully she will take Dominique’s advice and have toned it down before America’s Next Top Model wraps this season!

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