Last night's America's Next Top Model All-Stars finale
Hi Allison, how are you?
sure didn't lack for drama. One finalist, Angelea Preston, was mysteriously disqualified. Then, with little explanation from Tyra, the show or the network, the entire final judging panel was reshot with the two remaining finalists. And, once again, cycle 12 fan-favorite Allison Harvard ended up runner-up rather than big winner, coming in second to cycle 5's Lisa D'Amato.
The fan response to all this controversy has ranged from curious to furious, but it hasn't fazed Allison too much. "I made it so far again, and I'm so lucky that I get to wake up every day
and be like, wow, my life is ridiculous and funny, and I've had such a
peculiar past few months. But I think that's the beauty of it," she told me when we spoke this morning.
Read on for more from Allison, including her thoughts on being runner-up, her massive fan support, and what the hush-hush nature of Angelea's exit reminds her of:
I am wonderful. How are you?Good! I'm glad to hear you're wonderful. What have the last, oh, 12 or so hours been like for you?
They've been really funny and ridiculous. Just looking through a bunch of emails people have written to me. Like, it's just the outpouring of people being so sweet. It's been really overwhelming and ridiculous, but people have been supportive the whole way through. It's been great.At least on our website, the fan response has been huge of people saying you should have won. How do you respond to that?
I mean, of course you compete in this competition to win. I would have loved to have actually won the competition this time around, but life's not so bad. I mean, I got to have this great experience. And I got to go to Greece. You know, I'm still alive, and I'm a very determined and motivated person, so it's definitely not the end. I'm more motivated than ever. You have so many fans that I posted last night to see if any of them had questions for you, and they sure did, so all of the questions in this interview are from your fans.
That's super fun.What surprised you most about your second time on Top Model?
Wow. The second time around was interesting, because it was kind of like the Wizard of Oz was no longer there. I mean, it was so secretive on cycle 12, as far as getting to know production team and all of that whole process. But it was kind of like the curtain was lifted this time around. It was really fascinating to see the inner workings. Whether or not we were supposed to, I pay attention to details, so I noticed a lot more. That made the process so much more interesting to me, just seeing how things worked, and how much work goes into the actual show. That was kind of nice to have a little more leniency with what we were and weren't allowed to see.
And this time around, it was very similar to cycle 12, in just the basic idea of the show. I was a lot more relaxed this this time in terms of going with challenges and not stressing out as much as I did before. Every challenge on cycle 12 felt like my heart was exploding, or I was about to have an anxiety attack. But this time, I had the ability to laugh at myself more, which was nice.How do you feel about being the runner-up both cycles? Or do you even think of it that way?
Um... [Laughs] I think, in the most pitiful way possible, it's pretty funny. Like I said, I try to put a positive spin on everything. I made it so far again, and I'm so lucky that I get to wake up every day and be like, wow, my life is ridiculous and funny, and I've had such a peculiar past few months. But I think that's the beauty of it. And, you know, I don't feel like I have too much to be sad about. I did the best that I could.Can you tell us anything about what happened with Angelea?
Um ... you know, I'm obsessed with Angelea, and I love her to death. I think that whatever went on was something personal with the actual details of it. And, I just ... I am going to refrain from getting involved.I figured. But there is just so much curiosity going on.
It's like ... Big Brother. Illuminati.Exactly. The mystery! What has been your craziest experience with a fan?
Umm ... craziest experience with a fan. Wow. Well, I mean, "crazy" is a very grey word for me. People can decide what that means for them. But it's funny, whenever people recognize me, they'll do one of three things. The first being, they'll be a few feet away from me, and they'll talk about me like I'm deaf or something. Like I can't hear. Full-on, like, it's funny because it's like, "Really? I can hear." I just wonder, "Do they think I can't hear them?" Or they'll follow me around and laugh. I don't know, I pay attention to detail anyway, so that's funny. Or they'll come up to me, and it's always really funny, because I just think it's funny that someone is nervous to talk to me, because I'm such a goofy person. I can't fathom someone being nervous to talk to me. They'll come up to me, and it's always the sweetest stuff.
I remember being on the subway, and someone just started screaming, and I was so confused. And, you know, you're on a subway and you're in a confined space, and there's not really anywhere to go. And of course, everyone is wondering why someone is like, "Woooooo!" It's always so sweet though. It's never going to get old. It's always going to be surprising and endearing.What were your favorite and least favorite photo shoots this cycle?
I've been answering this question, if you will allow it ... I want the music video
to be interchangeable with my favorite photo shoot. I loved filming the music video. That was probably my favorite product at the end of an episode. What they didn't show, actually, is that we had a few choices in wardrobe. We got to pick out what we wore, what we wanted our makeup to look like, and what we wanted our hair to look like. So we had full creative range in terms of how we wanted ourselves to look. So I thought that was really fun. We all handpicked stuff out for ourselves, and I thought that was really, really cool. And if you feel confident, then, you know, you end up being more comfortable, and that was a huge part for me.
My least favorite? I didn't really ... Oh, also my other favorite photo shoot was the Michael Jackson one
, because I love Rushka [Bergman], the stylist. She is such a goddess, and I want to be her when I grow up. She is absolutely amazing and fascinating. I love her, love her, love her.Well, we can stay positive about the photo shoots then. What are your future plans? Are you going to continue modeling, or focus more on your art?
I mean, I feel like I'm in the most productive part of my life. I might even take some acting classes. I've always loved theater. I did it all throughout high school and college. I love all of that, and I live in New York where I'm fortunate enough to have these outlets available to me. I'll always be painting and doing commissioned work, and I'm going to continue to direct projects, with art direction. I'm very passionate about that. And shooting. I'm always willing to participate in modeling projects. You know, why not? I'm just trying it all right now.It was a pleasure watching you this cycle, and I'm sure you'll have people rooting for you, no matter what you do in the future. Thank you so much, Allison!
Thank you!(Image courtesy of CW)