She may not have won Cycle 11 of America's Next Top Model
, but Analeigh Tipton
knows that her career in the industry is far from over. Noted as the second runner-up on the reality TV series, Tipton looked back on her experiences as well as looked forward to her future. The figure skater and model opened up about what she went through on the show, as well as what she's planning on the year ahead.
“Being America's next top model isn't only about being a beautiful model, but a strong person,” Analeigh quips. “Without my unique experiences, I would not have had the heart, strength and confidence to handle the pressure of the competition. I was a competitive figure skater, which taught me independence, self-motivation and spiffy moves I can incorporate into modeling.”
Even though Tipton seems so confident on each of her shoots, she remembers that it took quite some time before she got used to it. “I really didn't realize how much I wanted to be a model until I was at my first test shoot. I stood frozen in front of the camera,” she recalled. “But after a while, I became more comfortable and found myself falling in love with the process. After my first time down a runway, I knew I could never look back; I was hooked. The adrenaline rush is incomparable when you're at a shoot or on a runway.”
Meanwhile, seeing herself on America's Next Top Model
was, to her, both “nerve-racking and comic.” Analeigh admitted that she watched the show with a few of her friends, and was asked if anyone really acted similar to their television personas.
“People have asked me, "So, is that really how the girls are?" (or) "Is that really who you are?" and I can thankfully say yes. While on "Top Model," I never sacrificed who I was and what I believe in. I can be proud of the person I see on television.”
Competitions like these are never easy, and Analeigh confessed that she had some difficulties while on the show. “There were plenty of times I looked in the mirror and thought, "Who am I kidding?" And then pop, a camera's in my face, so I had to suck it up. I didn't want to appear unconfident or weak in the competition because the girls would feed off nerves.”
“It was a great lesson in finding and harnessing my inner strength. I can't count the amount of times I had to go into a bathroom stall, cry and then force myself to pull it together and return with a smile.”
All this eventually paid off. After her stint on America's Next Top Model
, Analeigh has signed on with Abrams Artists Agency and even appeared on CBS' science-based comedy The Big Bang Theory
. There's no doubt that the future holds great things for Analeigh Tipton.
“I'm excited and ready to take on anything that comes. Modeling, acting and school will be my priorities. Before the competition, I was at school to become a filmmaker, and that is definitely a passion that has not died.”
-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Kansas City.com
(Image Courtesy of CW)