On Wednesday’s episode of America’s Next Top Model, cycle 9 bad girl Bianca Golden was eliminated. She has been controversial from the beginning – taking good pictures but treating her fellow contestants poorly. She targeted Lisa, saying that a former exotic dancer should not be a Top Model. She went after Heather, laughing at her and intentionally aggravating her, even after learning she has Asperger Syndrome. The models on the show insist it looks worse on television than it really was but Bianca had to admit that the experience was humbling. Today, she spoke to BuddyTV about her time on America’s Next Top Model and what she thinks about how she was portrayed on television.
Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.
Hey everybody. This is Gina from BuddyTV, and today, I’m talking to Bianca from America’s Next Top Model. Hey Bianca, how are you?
Good, how are you? I’m fine.
Was modeling something that you always wanted to do growing up? Or is that something you became interested in as you got older?
No, modeling has been a passion of mine since I was about 12.
And have you ever done modeling before doing the show? Or were you new to this?
I was basically new because when I was 12, I set out to go to open casting calls in New York City. And I didn’t get chosen, but I continued to go out up until I was about 16.
And how was the audition process for you, trying out for Top Model? Was it very stressful?
It was long, and I was very anxious. I went with my two best friends, and one of my best friends went in with me. And I went in, I was the only one chosen out of my line. It was a huge room. I was the only one that was chosen out of my line—I was really excited about. And then, just waiting for the call, that just had my nerves on edge because I said I was going to do it, and I just knew when I was 18 I was going to be on Top Model. So, I was just so anxious.
You had a really emotional and dramatic makeover. Was it really hard for you when they cut all your hair off?
It was. It was really hard for me because, like I said on the show, my mom doesn’t feel that if you’re female, that you should be bald because that’s not beauty in her eyes. And I kept thinking about her, so I was thinking about when I go home, what’s going to be her reaction to that. But, I’m keeping the look, and I’m going to continue to model with my look. I like it, I’m really used to it.
Yeah, I was just going to ask you if you’ve kept your hair short since leaving the show. So, you haven’t grown it out at all?
No. I’m going to cut it again. It has been growing, so I’m just going to go home and cut it again.
Now, you took some heat this season for, you know, being tough on Lisa and tough on Heather, but a lot of the models came to your defense in their interviews, and said that Top Model chose to show, you know, your worst moments, and that you really were friends with those girls.
Yes, definitely. The girls and I had a strong bond. We were together for a long, long time. I made it to four, so I got to know all of the girls, like, really get to know all of them. And, it was like sisters. You’re with your sisters, you fight, but you get over it at the end of the day.
Do you feel like the show represented you fairly? When you watching it, do you feel like that’s who you are?
I definitely don’t feel like that’s who I am. Everything I said, I said. Like, everything you saw, I really did say. But I just felt like editing jumbled everything together and it just looked really, really bad. I mean, we were kind of mean. But I understand it’s entertaining television, and I knew what I was getting myself into when I was there.
Now, before you traveled for the show, had you ever been to China or traveled abroad before?
Well, my family’s West Indian, so I’ve been out of the United States on multiple occasions. But as far as going to China, I’ve never been. And it was an amazing, amazing destination for them to choose. I had so much fun there.
Was it hard for you to get eliminated right before the finale?
It was really hard because I saw myself—I saw myself winning—but I really saw myself being one of the top three. And you know, Tyra saying the little summary about me, that it didn’t happen that way. I understood. I understood that it was my time to go.
And what do you think of the three girls that are left in the competition?
I think they are a really good group of girls. The three girls all bring something different to the table. They all have something. Jenah has her amazing portfolio, Saleisha has her bubbly personality, Chantal is the girl next door. They can all bring something different.
What’s the goal for you after the show is over? Will you try to pursue modeling?
Definitely. I’m definitely going to go right out to an agent. I’m going. I’m not going to stop. I just know I’m going to make it. And the experience taught me so much. I went places I never would have went. It was amazing. And now, it humbles me. So now, I understand, you know, you gotta work for it.
Is there anything that you want your fans to know?
I want people to know that I’m not as mean as they showed me on the show. I want people to know that I still have a relationship with all the girls, and there’s no bad blood between all of them. They’re like my sisters. I want people to know…I don’t know. There’s a lot of misconceptions about me, and I can’t argue everything. But basically, those two things.
Well, I just wanted to thank you for your time, Bianca. I hope that you’re successful, and I wish you good luck in the future.
Thank you so much.
– Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of CW)