I had a long list of questions laid out to ask Alexandria, the latest model eliminated from America's Next Top Model
cycle 16. But after watching the confident, confrontational California girl on the show, where she struggled to be understood by her fellow models and was called too controlling by photographers, I probably should have known that Alexandria would take my first couple questions and run with them.
And I'm happy she did, because otherwise we may never have gotten to learn what Alexandria's definition of "bitch" is, why she found the Top Model
house so stifling, and what qualities she hopes the winner of the cycle will possess. Say what you will about the self-described "lioness" (because she doesn't care either way!), but she knows how to make an impression, and a soundbite. And she took some gorgeous photos, too. Cycle 16 just wouldn't have been so exciting without her.Here's what Alexandria had to say when we spoke yesterday after her elimination:
Meghan: Hi Alexandria, congratulations on
being on Top Model and getting to the final four. How does it feel today?
Alexandria: It feels great. I can't wait to head to the beach and get on my board.
Yeah, you're finally free.
I know. I'm so excited. It will be an awesome first day back, getting my waves in.
Well, I've been wondering: What kind of reactions have you been getting from people who have seen you on the show?
You know, I get a little bit of everything. I get people that feel that
I'm a little bossy or this or that, but at the same time I have other
people writing me saying how much I've inspired them to go for what they
have in their dreams, and that's what counts to me the most. I don't
care if people think I'm a beautiful individual that creates haters,
which spells out the B word, because that's what the B word means. It
means a "beautiful individual that creates haters," and I added on my own
word, boss. So
it's B-I-T-C-H BOSS. "Beautiful individual that creates haters based on sass and skill."
Because people have been saying I'm this and that, but at the same time
I'm really not. I'm a person that's been through a lot, and if you can't
see that because it's a show, people with a bigger outlook on things
tend to understand a lot more. If people are just generally just
watching the show, they tend to say some nasty comments to me, but guess
what? I don't need that negativity, and I really haven't looked for
anything about what people are saying, because I really quite frankly
I've always been taught if you have nothing nice to say,
don't say anything at all. And if you have something to say, say it to
someone's face instead of saying it behind someone's back. I feel that's
a better outlook on things instead of being the catty girl, you know,
kind of like a high school
student. I'd rather be a grown mature woman where I can speak my mind
freely because that is one of, you know, our amendments in this country
that we live in. Freedom of speech! And why would you talk about someone
behind their back if you actually have a real backbone. I feel
like people that say things behind people's back have more of an insecurity with their self instead of actually dealing with it in the
proper way. Whereas if you don't, if you're really confident, you can say
anything to anyone anytime of the day. And it could be good or bad. But
at least you have the guts to say it.
I'm sorry, hold on one second. My
key is not working. This is a problem. There we go. Sorry couldn't get
the trunk open.
Is this the new car that you won on the show?
No, they actually gave me a Papa Smurf colored blue mustang to drive
around until I get my car. I am driving an electric blue convertible
That won't attract any attention at all.
No, none at all. [Laughs]
What you were just talking about, it's a
very strong attitude, and it seems that may be part of the reason you rubbed the other girls the wrong way at first. Can you talk about
that a little bit? What happened there?
that too, because I feel maybe they were doing it behind my back because
of the intimidation, or maybe because of... I don't really quite honestly
know, because I didn't find out that no one liked me until I called
Brittani out. She finally grew some cajones after I
said "Yo, I can hear you," I feel like after being called out, she all of a
sudden got a backbone where she needed to say it to my face, and that
was the first time I was ever told. How can you know that
people don't like you when they're acting like your best friend to your
face, if behind your back they're talking a bunch of smack? I think
that's very unfair, and I don't feel that's very professional at all, but
at the same time it's a lesson we all have to learn in this life. And
I'm not gonna hate that it happened, because it happened in the best way
it could. It taught me a lot. I'm sure it taught her a lot. We both
learned and we both wiped the slate clean.
I have the tendency to talk
very strongly and passionate, and if I was not someone like me, I would be
intimidated too. I'd say, "That girl knows what she wants and she's not
gonna stop until she gets it." I'd be scared too, because I don't know any
other person on this cycle that really said how they felt when they
felt it. And that's what I did, and if that makes me a villain and if
that makes me a bitch boss, then guess what? I'd rather be that than a
When you watch the show, do you feel like you were
portrayed accurately? And is there anything that you did or said that
you wish you could change?
In life I've learned to
never regret anything. Of course I want the show to portray that I'm
this old soul. I really am an old soul. I'm very wise beyond my
years, but they're gonna cut and edit what they want to make a show.
That's why it's been on for 16 seasons. It's a great thing where it
connects people to models, but the thing I was trying to do is, I was
trying to connect models in a way where you don't have to be catty, you
don't have to be the Naomi Campbell or the Tyra Banks. You want to be
like the Tyra Banks, that didn't talk behind other people's backs, and
really didn't care what other people said, because she made her name
known and she did it the right positive way. If she had something to
say, she didn't do it behind other people's back. She came
out and said it.
So I think you have to take everything with a grain of
salt, and I learned from it all. And if you can't learn from it, then
why are you here in life? You only got one. It was a great experience.
Sure there are things I would change. Would I control myself less?
Absolutely, because I have that tendency of controlling a lot. Being locked away in a house with
14 girls, not being able to use the phone whenever we want, not being
able to listen to music or watch television, get out or not being able
to open a window if I wasn't allowed to. Normally if I wanna go jump off
a cliff into the ocean, that's what I'm gonna do. If I wanna go surfing
right now, that's what I'm gonna do. But to rewind back, it's kind
of like a house with your parents. It was like we had to do this, and we
had to do that. It's OK though, because now I know that setting. And if I ever get placed in that setting again,
I know. And it will be good. I'm excited and I just can't wait for the
future and see what bigger plans the higher power has for me.
I wanted to ask you a little bit about the other girls. Last week with
Kasia, we played a little word game. I'll say a name and then you can say whatever pops in your head about the girl.
Sure! I like that.
Let me think because I have a good one for Hannah. Unpredictable homeslice.
Fashion cyclone. Because when you look at her, you start to look at her
face and it kind of
winds you in, kind of like you're getting hypnotized. You wanna look at
her whole face, then you wanna look at the way she moves, then her hair
then it's really addicting. She's a great girl.
I like that. How about Kasia?
Let me think, because I wanna use her different look. I have so many
words coming to mind that I wanna put them all together: Unique,
Those are great. Thank you so much.
Well do you have any final words for me?
I can't wait to see the finale and see what girls get to the top,
and to really root for whoever wants this the best. It's not about who
wins, that's the biggest thing I really do have to say. It's about who
does what with all of
this. And it's how far you run with it. And whatever girl runs the
fastest, the hardest then, my praise goes out to all of them of course, but
it's about the one that has the drive and the passion for this and loves
it as much as I do, because I know we all feel the same and we all want
this so badly. I hope that in the future we can work as a team, because I
know we're all gonna be in the same cities at some point, or different
cities. It's all about being a family, and that's what I want the people
in this industry to realize. It's not about being catty and you being on
top because guess what, being on top by yourself is really lonely. I'd
rather have a bunch of great extended family members like I already
have in this industry. We've really become tight and close, and just hope
for the best for each other.
Well, thank you so much Alexandria. It was great talking to you and I hope you do run with it.
to you. Of course, as fast as a cheetah!(Image courtesy of CW)