Exclusive Interview: Bianca Richardson of 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 13
Exclusive Interview: Bianca Richardson of 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 13
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
This morning I had the pleasure to talk to Bianca Richardson, the 21-year-old student from Washington, D.C. and latest eliminee from America's Next Top Model Cycle 13.

I was initially intimidated to talk with Bianca, given her rather harsh edit on the show as a woman with a hard exterior, who perhaps had an even harder time relating to other people. But I found Bianca to be very open and honest about her experience on ANTM and her goals for the future, and mature about her portrayal on the program, which didn't exactly show her full personality, she claimed.

Check out what Bianca had to say about her time in the Top Model house, plus who she thinks should win Cycle 13, which photo was her favorite, and more! Full transcript and audio after the jump.

I've gotta say, you were definitely the most dramatic character we had this season on America's Next Top Model, and it seemed the show was trying to pin you as the difficult one in the beginning, and as a viewer I totally bought it. Then in the next couple of episodes, you showed that you had a softer side and a lot of self awareness about the problems you were having as a model. So was there really a huge shift in your attitude, or is that just how it was portrayed?

I honestly just think that was just how I was portrayed, honestly. The only shift that I might say that throughout the competition would possibly have to be, well Courtney was the only person that I talked to throughout the duration of my stay at the house. And of course when she was eliminated. I didn't feel the need to carry on conversations, or personal conversations, with anybody else because I've judged their character. Their character didn't match mine. So the only shift might have been in my personality, I became a little bit more like a tad bit to myself unless you did something to me, or said something to me, that kind of made me mad or that irritated me. And of course I'm gonna say something back to you. So of course I became a little to myself, or drawn to myself, because the person I gravitated towards was now gone.

Right. Were the other girls, did they let you keep to yourself? Because it definitely seems like they pick at you and antagonize you a little bit. Did that happen a lot?

Um, No. I mean, like I said, they can't show everything in one hour. They just can't so a lot of catalyst were not really shown. Or the build up to certain things are not shown. But at the end of the day it's a competition and fourteen strangers in a house. Fourteen strangers, females. You have PMS, you have people from different backgrounds, people of different demographics, people who were born and raised differently so of course you're gonna butt heads. That's expected. And I'm mature enough and woman enough, like I know that. I knew what I signed up for. I knew what I was getting myself into. So of course you're gonna have people who are a little less mature than you trying to, though madness, to start drama. But at the end of the day it's like, you know what? I'm not here for that. I know what you're tryin' to do and it's just not working and find better things to do. I mean they could have just been bored, so.

Well, how would you describe yourself in everyday life? What qualities would you say that you have that maybe we didn't see?

I'm extremely passionate. Passionate and compassionate to be honest. Pretty sure you've seen my assertive and my diplomatic side. I'm very giving too. That's when I care. I'm one of those people that when I really care either about someone, or a certain cause, or when I'm extremely passionate or devoted to something I put my all into it. And I'm a hot or cold person. I'm all or nothing. So there's nothing like an in between thing when it comes to Bianca. What else? I'm a Christian. You probably already knew that. And I do have a softer side. I mean if you ever meet my friends, people who know me, and know Bianca they love me. I give great advice. I love hard. Like I love really, really, really , really hard. Those have to be about it. I mean do I have a strong personality? Do I know that? Do I know I have a tendency to rub people the wrong way? Of course I do. But yea, that's me.

Would you say that modeling is one of those things that you're really passionate about or was it just something that you were trying?

Extremely. I have been pursuing it since I was about eleven. And I've done catalogue work, lots of runways shows, print work. You name it, I've done it. But this show, I love constructive criticism because I never believe you stop learning and when you get to a point where you think you know everything, something's wrong. Modeling is at the top of my list of things, of my 10 priorities in my life right now. So yea, that's actually number four at the top of my list of priorities.

Can I ask what the other three are?

Sure. I'm gonna go right now to my mirror in my bathroom, my vanity mirror.

Oh you have them written down?

Yea. I write down everything. I have a plan for life, so yea. I have my mother, I have my grandmother, I have fashion which is modeling, I have kids, financial freedom,  then I have modeling, then I have God, then I have Whitney who's my best friend, I have my father, and I have my boyfriend Damion . Those are the things in my life right now that mean the most to me. Then last would be school because school will always be there. School, they teach you how to make money they don't necessarily teach you how to be financially free. At the end of the day I want to work because I want to, not because I have to. So modeling is something that I'm passionate about that I'm going to take and turn it into something else that can possibly help people and do more than just put on pretty clothes and be a pretty face and walk around cute. It's more than that. Those are the things in my life that are important to me.

Those are great to hear. I'm sure that my readers that hear this will be happily surprised to see all these different sides of you because it's just not possible to see all those different things on TV. What do you think you learned the most while you were on the show? What were the biggest lessons that they gave you?

The only possible lesson that I did learn, which I didn't know, great assurance. When Tyra said after I got eliminated is "Bianca you know you're the whole package. You just didn't seem to know how to work your face." So I said, oh wow. If I have all these other things goin' for me and that's all that I have to work. It's kind of a new thing, I'm standing here in front of you and you see my softness that means: Ok, I do have it, I just need to learn how to show it because if you're seeing it now but you don't necessarily see it when the camera goes up that means I do have it. But I do need to show it. So I guess that's one thing that I really, really did learn about myself. Not saying that I didn't have any confidence in myself but to hear that from someone that has basically paved the way, not just for models but especially African American models. To hear that from her, who is a pro at what she does, that meant a lot to me. What else? The importance of, not that I've ever learned this, extreme importance of the presence. The presence of being extremely literate when it comes to fashion because a lot of the interviews when I did the Wilhemina go-see with Sean Patterson some of the questions were, which the audience didn't get a chance to see, who was your favorite photographer? Or who did the cover of W Magazine? Those are the things that are important: the importance of the literacy of fashion.

Is that something that you are studying in school or doing it on your won with your own resources?

Actually I'm a Public Relations major and my minor is Fashion so yes, I am studying fashion.

Oh well, great. So, looking back on the whole experience would you do anything differently?

This is my motto for life, you only get one life to live and I'm pretty sure there are things in life we will want to relive and redo, but if we redid it or if we wish we would have done things differently it wouldn't be the same. So no, I don't regret anything. Everything is a learning lesson, and that's just how it is. I don't regret anything. I wouldn't go back and redo anything different, because there is something that you learn from every-every-every encounter with someone. Every experience in life, there is something that you take out of the good or bad.

Ok, well how about a couple fun questions. What was your favorite photo shoot that you did?

I would have to say it's a toss up. My favorite one would have to be the photo shoot where Tyra was the photographer because there was dialogue and advice, coaching, just the little things. It's always good to work with a photographer, but it's also good to work with someone who is considered to have made history. So that's a blessing. And of course the baby photo because I cherish my baby photo. My grandma's shoes.

Haha. Those were your grandma's shoes you were walking around in?

Those were my grandmother's shoes. I used to take her teeth and put them in my mouth. I broke them once and threw them in the trash and she couldn't find them.

If only there'd been a picture of that that they could reenact.

Oh boy. That would have been interesting.

Well now that you're done with the show, what's next for you?

I'm definitely going to continue modeling. I'm in my last year of school. I'm definitely going to continue to pursue modeling and possibly seek representation from agencies. This is my senior year of school so I've been doing the two for a while. I'm going to finish school. I just think that regardless, even if you don't necessarily use your degree, I just think a degree is necessary. The only thing is does is teach you how to make money. It doesn't necessarily get you free financially. That's about it.

One last question, who do you think should win the competition?

I have a couple people I think should win. It's a toss up between Sundai (and this isn't in any order by the way), Nicole and Laura. It would have to be between those three. I would definitely have to say Sundai because of her bone structure and her features. I would send Laura because of her ability to turn her softness on and off. She's very flirty, you know. And Nicole because Nicole is extremely thorough. She really thinks things out. When we had a conversation where she's always in her head she literally is always in her head. She really thinks things out. So definitely those three people.

-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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