Usually on America’s Next Top Model, when a contestant turns in a solid performance when sick, Tyra rewards them by keeping them in the competition. That was not so much the case this week for Joslyn. After coming down with a viral infection, and being rushed to the emergency room, she was determined to continue on in the competition. The judges, however, did not feel that her Cover Girl commercial was strong and were also of the opinion that her performances have been weaker as the competition wore on. She landed in the bottom two with Elina but ended up being the one sent home. Today, Joslyn spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview.
Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.
You were known as the girl this season who’s tried out so many times for the show. Tell me a little about your experiences over the years of trying to get on Top Model.
It has been very hard to tell you the truth. You know, I was a student in college the majority of the times that I was trying out. I started really trying out when I was in high school to tell you the truth. I’ve been trying out since cycle two. It was always pretty hard. I had to put my money together to travel and to drive to all of these locations. At the end of it, it was worth it. I mean, I really wanted to be on America’s Next Top Model. I felt like I had what it took to be America’s Next Top Model. I have a lot of faith and determination. My faith is what kept me going each and every time.
There was never a point where you were ready to give up? You always thought you would keep going until you got on the show?
Oh yes, I was going to keep going as long as I could because at the end, you know that little saying that hard work will be rewarded? Well, that’s the way I looked at it. If I just kept on trying and never gave up then eventually I would get the payoff for continuing to try. They saw my determination and they rewarded me for it. I had finally gotten my opportunity. It was a blessing.
Well, you started off the season so strong and then the judges felt like you kept sliding backwards. Do you know what happened or do you have any opinions about what may have affected your performance?
I probably don’t know what happened. The thing is that I wish I could see my photos because I really don’t feel like I did as bad as they made it out to be sometimes. Sometimes you question the photo picked. But, we can’t question it too much because we didn’t get the opportunity to see the rest of our photos. I had a down time. But especially with my commercial, I felt really good about it. I know I did good. I wasn’t down in the competition until I was in the final two the first time. That did kind of bring me down. The whole competition is very stressful especially when you really really really want it. I think that was also a factor: maybe I wanted it too much. It had its stressful moments but I don’t feel like I was doing as bad as they made it out to be.
In the last episode, you had gotten sick. What was going on with you and what was wrong?
I had gotten a viral illness. I was sick as a dog. I was also dehydrated because I was vomiting so much. They had to put me on an IV and they had to give me something for my nausea. They told me it was a viral illness. It was something I ate. My body was just rejecting what I had eaten or something. It was pretty tough. I didn’t want to let that be a factor. I didn’t want, like Tyra said, a pity party. I didn’t want them to show pity on me. That’s why I did as good as I possibly could do in the commercial. I think it was a little contradictory of Tyra because she mentioned that she couldn’t tell that I was sick at all and then she was saying that they weren’t going to show pity on me because I was sick.
I was going to say, in the past, Tyra has kept girls in the competition who preformed well while being sick. Were you a little surprised that she eliminated you?
That wasn’t the reason I was surprised that I was eliminated. I was surprised because I actually did good and the people who didn’t do good stayed in the competition. Of course, I had my down times, but so did everyone else. Everyone else had fears when they didn’t perform as well. I really feel like I was wrongfully judged.
Well I know that you’re a persistent and dedicated person so I assume you’re going to keep modeling from here on out?
Of course, of course. I may not be America’s Next Top Model, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not a top model. My goal right now, because I love setting goals, is to out beat whoever wins America’s Next Top Model to prove that I can be better and that some of the comments the judges made just weren’t right.
– Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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