There isn't a fan of America's Next Top Model
out there that won't soon forget cycle 11 contestant Isis
. As the first transgendered model to become a finalist on the show, she may have raised eyebrows but proved why she deserved to be there during her first photo shoot. Her fellow contestants talked about her behind her back but Isis never let anything anybody said get to her. Over the weeks, though, her performance seemed to get worse and worse and Tyra took notice. On last night's episode, she called Isis "sleepy" and eliminated her from the competition. Today, Isis spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview and explained why she got weaker as the photo shoots went on.
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 Isis from America’s Next Top Model. Can you talk a little bit about how you ended up getting cast and contacted for the 11th cycle of Top Model?
I was an extra in a photo shoot for cycle 10, and when I did that photo shoot I told myself I was going to give it my all, and you never know what can come from an opportunity. So I did that and they basically told me I stood out enough that they wanted me back. So Tyra personally wanted me back. They had my contact and they got in contact with me and asked me to come in and audition.
How long have you wanted to become a model and do this?
Well originally, me growing up, I’m a fashion designer also. Originally I used to be my own model when I didn’t have friends to test my garments and things like that, so in a sense I’ve always been modeling. As far as me wanting to be more mainstream I never really thought that I could.
You had to have known coming into the competition that at least some of the girls would have a little backlash. How were you prepared to deal with the way that they treated you?
I guess when it came to the other contestants originally I tried not to think about it. I just thought that I want this opportunity, I want to win, I want to be the top model. I just tried not to think about it because I knew there was going to be a whole lot of different personalities and I didn’t want it to effect me. So I just told myself, “Don’t pay attention to it, don’t focus on whatever can happen as far as the other contestants.”
You really did seem not to let very much bother you. Was there anything that was said or done that did offend you this season?
Actually, that I can think of, no. As far as the comments the girls made, they weren’t made directly to me. I didn’t really know, especially with Clark and the way she felt, I didn’t know until looking at it now. I thought that was funny.
Who is genuine in this competition and who are your true friends from this?
Okay, so who do I talk to now. I still keep in contact with Brittany R., she got eliminated the episode before me. Nikeysha, I talked Joslyn and Sheena yesterday on the phone just before I went to interviews. But in the house, also McKey and Samantha, they were both really, really nice. I actually liked most of the girls. I’ve noticed the ones that you didn’t see talking about me, which was most of them. Like Lauren Brie, she was really sweet, we keep in contact, I talked to her yesterday too. So most of the girls in the house I actually keep in contact with, I really got along with them.
A lot of people are making you out to be a role model, someone who’s paved the way for transgendered models. Was that your goal coming in, or were you just in it for yourself?
Honestly, I was just in it to win, I really wanted to win. I know I have so many different directions I want to go in my career, and I felt like this could have really been -- even still, even though I didn’t win, I still feel like this could be the door opened for me. So I decided, you know what, I want to go for it because I really do want to do a lot of things with my career and get into the entertainment industry. So hey, if I can get my name out there, my face out there, the more they seem me the more they will like me and want to see me more.
You started out so strong in the voting photo shoot. What do you think happened over the weeks that ended up getting you eliminated?
It got very, like I told my father on the phone, it got very hard. Like no doors and no curtains on the bathroom, like me not having any sort of privacy, like with the photo shoot. It just got really, really hard for me mentally, I think. Doing swim scenes for the first time and it was on national TV. Even though I could have felt comfortable, I told myself still give it your all and give it your best, but it kind of made me uncomfortable and I felt like my personality wasn’t really shown on there. Like I have one of the biggest personalities of most of the contestants, and you didn’t really see that. Like toward the end I could tell it just started to fade, and Tyra was right I did start to fade because the competition itself just started to take it out I guess.
What’s in the future for you now, Isis? Are you going to model or are going to design, what are you going to do?
I want to do everything. I really want to do everything. Hopefully I can get into acting really soon, of course I’ve been designing, I’ve been an artist my whole life. So continue with my fashion, hopefully go mainstream with that, I really want to be like a celebrity designer. And modeling I hope I can get on major runways and some campaigns. I really want to give it my all still and hopefully I will go very far in the entertainment industry.
Well it was great watching you this season, and I just want to wish you good luck, Isis.
Thank you, have a nice day.
- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of CW)