Exclusive Interview: Clark of 'America's Next Top Model'
Exclusive Interview: Clark of 'America's Next Top Model'
Love her or hate her, you never had to wonder what America's Next Top Model cycle 11 contestant Clark was thinking this season.  This outspoken model refused to play the friend card, keeping her focus just on the competition.  She didn't help others with their poses or runway walks.  Clark just worried about herself.  She was one of the biggest protesters when it came to Isis joining the competition for cycle 11.  She was eliminated on last night's episode after Tyra saw a dramatic drop in her performance from one week to the next.  Feeling that she was incapable of being consistent, she was sent home.  Today, she spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview and didn't hold back when it came time to speak her mind!

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.


Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV and today, I’m talking to Clark from America’s Next Top Model. Well, can you tell me when your dream of becoming a model first started? Is this something that you wanted to do since you were little?


Absolutely, I can’t even come up with a certain day or time that I decided that wanted to do. I always knew that I wanted to do it. It’s always been my aspiration, it’s probably one of the first things that I can remember.


Is this your first time trying out for Top Model?

Yeah, actually, I know Joslyn tried out for it like, 30 times.  Whenever I heard that, I thought that was the funniest thing.  I tried out for it, not really expecting to go full force.  I was just kind of bored one night and trying to procrastinate doing my homework.  The application is like, 30 pages long.  That's pretty much procrastination for me.  I filled that out, sent it in, made a little video the next day, sent that in, and got called back.


What did you think when you had to dye your hair to ... well, it's almost jet black!  What was that like for you?


That was the biggest shock of my life.  I have always known myself to be blonde and everybody else does, too.  I'm like that token blonde girl or whatever.  As soon as they made me black ... like, it wasn't even brown.  I could've maybe lived with brown because that's not that big of a shock.  It was like jet black, like midnight sky.  It looks really good and actually, I still have it.  I like it a lot.  It was a big shock.


You got a really bad rap early on for being this season's mean girl.  When you watch the episodes back, did you feel misunderstood at all or like you were being edited poorly?

No, not really.  I mean, that's just my competitive side.  I'm harsh and I don't really understand how all the other girls in the competition could give each other advice and help each other out.  Analeigh actually came to me and asked me for advice on something.  I told her I wasn't gonna give it to her.  I'm not gonna help out my competition, that's stupid.  That'd be like, in football, when teams tell the other team the plays they're gonna do.  I'm like, "That's dumb.  Why would you do that?"


Well, you were definitely outspoken when it came to Isis.  What was your main objection to having her in the competition?

Isisn't isn't a girl.  Flat out.  Just because you wanna be one doesn't make you one.  I can't knock on the NBA's door and say, "Hey, I wanna be a baller in your league.  I'm a girl but I think I'm a guy at heart but I'm gonna do it."  They wouldn't be like, "Okay, well that's cool, as long as you're a guy on the inside.  That works."  No, I mean, it's a girl's competition and it was just really weird to have a penis in the house.


Isis did say that in the house, there was a total lack of privacy, especially in the bathrooms with the showers and everything.


Yeah.


You went from being at the top last week to the bottom this week.  What do you think happened in that disaster photo challenge?


I freak myself out over studio shoots.  You know, studio shoots aren't actually on location.  You just have a set.  The first shoot with the voting and beauracracy one, I didn't do well on that one because it's a studio shoot.  This last one, the disaster one, was a studio shoot.  I had psyched myself out about studio shoots. I don't like them.  Obviously, as a model, you're going to get them most of the time but I just feel like it hinders my creativity 'cause you're not in the element that you're actually shooting in.  You have to fake it a whole bunch and it just messes with my head and I just psych myself out.  I mean, it' s so easy to watch the episode like I did last night and be like, "Oh my gosh, if I had done this, I would've totally nailed it.  I should've given more facial expression.  You know, why wasn't I doing that?"  When you're actually there, you have so many things going through your head.  You are there for hours, like 5-8 hours in hair and makeup just thinking about it, thinking about it.  Then, you actually do it. and the actual photo shoot doesn't last maybe 5 minutes. 


What's in the future for you now, Clark?  Do you plan to keep modeling?

Yeah, I definitely plan to keep modeling.  I mean, I'm in school right now, at the Univerity of South Carolina, studying fashion but that's my backup plan.  I was just doing that until all this came out in public.  I plan on finishing out this semester and then seeing where we're gonna go after December, January, as far as contracts and stuff.  I definitely see myself signed in the future with hopefully, New York or Europe.


Alright, well thanks so much, Clark.  I really appreciate your time.


Absolutely, thank you so much.


- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of CW)

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