It's a bit hard to decide whether aspiring model Lisa Ramos, 19, got a raw deal from Tyra this season on America's Next Top Model
. On the one hand, after being eliminated at the final casting week, Ramos got a second chance to compete for the ANTM
crown when she was called to replace Amber, one of the original final 14 who mysteriously dropped out of the competition. But after just one week in the ANTM
with the other models (all 5'7'' and under this time), Lisa was once again the last one standing in front of Tyra at the final judging when her photo as an unhappy clown didn't please the panel. Talk about reopening a fresh wound!
Ramos couldn't tell me what exactly happened to Amber that allowed her to re-enter the competiton, but the 5'5'' student from Queens, New York was deservedly positive about the whole experience when I talked to her this afternoon. And why not? She got her face out there, made some great friends in the house, and got to meet Tyra Banks--what else could an aspiring short model ask for? Lisa may not have liked the final photo the judges chose for her (who could blame her?), which ultimately sent her packing, but in the end she learned to never give up on her dream of modeling. Hear more from Lisa below, including who she thinks is the strongest competition left in the running for America's Next Top Model, why her final clown photo looked so sad, and what it's like to see Tyra in real life.