No America's Next Top Model
all-star had a more fitting branding word, or made a more dramatic splash, than "candid" Bianca Golden. Whether you loved her honesty or hated her attitude, you've got to admit that the rest of this cycle will be much less exciting without her.
But some stars just shine too brightly to last very long on Top Model
, and Bianca's second go-around on the show burned furiously
bright, from her week one photo shoot flip-out
to her week 7 bathtub boycott,
and every outburst
in between. All the in-house drama and her opposition to the show's gimmicky marketing challenges were entertaining, but the All-Star experience ended up overshadowing Bianca's actual modeling talent. So it wasn't too surprising that, when the judges sent her home
, Bianca seemed more relieved than disappointed.
Here's Bianca to explain why she's glad she was eliminated, plus more on her contentious time on Top Model: All-Stars
In a few words, how did you feel about being eliminated?
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I was just ready to get it done. I was just ready to go home.
Why were you ready to go home?
I feel like I have served my purpose there. It's very hard, and draining, mentally. It was just very negative. Just very negative for me. I was just ready to go.
We saw quite a bit of that negativity. How much of what we saw was the real you, or the real situations?
Everything I said, I said. But, you know, they can edit whatever they want together. So... I don't know. Some real, some not so real.
I've been watching your video blogs on YouTube, which I think are great. What inspired you to give your take on the episodes?
, I would get so many questions on how I felt, or you know ... I would do live tweets during the show, but the YouTube thing just seemed so easy to answer all the questions at one time. And it actually became a lot of fun for me to be able to do. I don't know if I'll continue to do those, but I may, just because it was so much fun.
Is it therapeutic for you to just be able to air out everything you think about the episode?
Actually, yes. That played a big part. It's just felt like I could relax a bit and just tell my side of the story, how I wanted to tell it.
It seems like you're always having to defend yourself, so why did you decide to come back?
I think it's funny that people... we tell people, like kids, to be honest, and be yourself, and then when someone is themselves, and they're honest, then people don't want them to be. They want them to be like the rest of society. For me, I just stick to being myself because that's what I know best. And I don't apologize for it.
You're a really experienced, actively-working model, and it's pretty clear that this All-Star experience isn't very realistic. So were you able to learn or take away anything that you think will help you in the future?
I always felt that, the best thing I learned is that it's just business, it's not personal. Never take anything personal. It's just business.
What about your conflict with Lisa? What was the root cause of all that?
Lisa has been through a lot, I think, as a person, and now she's felt the need to stand up for everyone. And because people watched me during my cycle, everyone just thinks that I'm a bully, because of however they perceived me or, you know, edited me. I think she was just ready to go against me, and be bigger and badder, but Lisa's 30, and I'm 23 -- 22 at the time, I'm 23 now -- and, I don't know, it just feels like she needs to grow up, not me.
Where do you stand with her now?
We are not friends at all. We're not associates. We're not anything.
Did you get close with any of the other girls besides Bre?
Yeah. Isis and I talk every other day. Kayla is one of my good friends that I see when I'm out in Chicago a lot. Who else? Laura, always... she and I met before the show, and we were close. Yup, that's pretty much it. I still talk to Angelea a lot.
So you said, pretty much midway through the show, that you realized it wasn't for you. Was there a certain point where that occurred to you, or was it just a slow realization that you had?
Oh, it was a slow but steady build-up. It happened over time. I think it all started... the downfall was the stilts thing. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff but the stilts was, like, a big build-up.
You're talking about where it shows you not wanting to go on the stilts and getting upset?
On one of your blogs, you said that happened after you did the photo shoot, but the episode made it look like it happened before the shoot, is that right?
Right. That's what I mean, there was a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff. It had nothing to do with the girls. It was just like, enough is enough. Like, "I'm not 18, I'm not naive, you can't do this to me." So it was just a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff, and I was just ready to go.
You love reality television, and that's what we're all about, so I was wondering, what are some of your favorite shows?
Oh, where do I begin? Jersey Shore, Bad Girls Club, Basketball Wives, The Real Housewives
franchise... God, there's so much! I just love reality television. I love The Rachel Zoe Project.
I love, umm... everything! The trashier, the better.
Well, I've got a couple of questions from our readers for you. One of them wants to know, after your critique, would you change your mind and go into the tub?
I didn't think so. It's just not for you, huh?
No. It's not for me.
Another one wants to know, why were you the only one to take initiative, and why didn't the other girls request props? I think they're talking about the pickles you asked for.
Well, everyone doesn't have a personality or that much... you know, they don't use that part of their creative brain. So I did, and that was the result.
Were you surprised or disappointed that Jay wasn't a huge fan of the pickle?
When I walked out there, he loved it. It just didn't work in the photo. And I didn't know if it would work, but I just wanted to show him, like, "I watch the show! I'm prepared! I know!"
Last question from one of our users is: If you could change one thing about this cycle, what would it be?
My shoes. [Laughs] Just change my shoes in different scenes, that's it.
Were they uncomfortable?
No, I just have a lot, and I wish I could have worn different ones a lot more.
(Image courtesy of the CW)