"The end of an opportunity, not the end of a dream."
That's how aspiring model Rachel Echelberger described her time on America's Next Top Model Cycle 13, showing all the passion and drive to succeed that judge Nigel Barker and Wilhemina Models president Sean Patterson must have missed when they sent her home last night for lacking "charisma" in her interview. It was a sudden, but not that shocking, elimination, as Rachel couldn't come up with a single song lyric to sing... not that that has anything to do with modeling. But hey, it's ANTM!
Perhaps all it took was one nationally televised mind-going-blank moment for Rachel to come out of her shell. When I spoke with her this morning, she certainly sounded to have a spring in her step and personality to spare, which will serve her well, as she revealed that she's moving to L.A. as soon as possible to continue chasing her dream of modeling.
Read on for the full audio of my interview with Rachel, including her other nicknames besides "Bambi Eyes," who she think could win this cycle, and what it's like to watch yourself on TV!