Angelea Preston was a contestant during Cycle 14 of ANTM.
This 23-year-old Buffalo, New York native worked as an answering service operator prior to her appearance on America’s Next Top Model. Viewers might remember Angelea for making the semi-finalists for Cycle 12; unfortunately, she didn’t make it into the house.
When she auditioned for Cycle 12, she said on camera, “These girls are here trying to be like America’s Best Friend. I’m not here for you. I’m here because I want to model. I want to be Americas Next Top Model.” (Some may remember the argument she had with Sandra during the goddess shoot in episode 1.) She also had some issues with Sandra before they even stepped in front of the camera.
Angelea talked tearfully about having a daughter who passed away prior to auditioning for Cycle 12. She also talked with the panel about sleeping in the Port Authority bathroom stall in order to make her call back for the show.
During initial panel interviews in episode 1 of Cycle 14, Angelea said that she was out of control during her audition for Cycle 12 because she was seeing a guy that had her feeling angry and combative. She revealed that following her failed attempt at being on Cycle 12, she saw a counselor to help her deal with her anger issues. She said she’s now a changed women, although she’s still “ghetto” in a good way.
So far in the competition, Angelea has really impressed the judges by looking soft in all her photos, even though she comes off tough during panel. She was first runner-up for best photo during the second panel judging and called seventh for the third elimination.
During episode three, Angelea was called second following the ‘dance’ photo shoot with Cade Martin. Her ‘moshing’ photo really impressed the judges, keeping her overall performance incredibly strong and proving herself to be tough competitor for Top Model.
Angelea’s vampire photo with Sarah Silver during episode 4 was also very strong, although the judges felt she needed to show more neck. Despite Andrew Leon Talley’s ‘dreckitude’ comments, she was called sixth during panel.
Angelea received a raving review from the panel following her D-Nice photo shoot during episode 5. Tyra said her film was incredible, including the final picture chosen to be judged at panel. Andre Leon Talley called her photo “totally high fashion.” Despite a not-so-good performance during Nigel’s ‘intimate moment’ photo shoot, Angelea had the 2nd best photo of the group during elimination.
When fans of the show heard that Angelea was going to be in this cycle, they were ready for instant drama due to the way she conducted herself in previous auditions (e.g. starting fights with other girls, random insults). Fans were also surprised that she wasn’t more of a drama queen during the first five episodes into cycle 14. Many were refreshingly happy that Angelea appeared to actually be nicer; meaning that her counseling (following her semi-final elimination in cycle 12) had actually worked.
That is until episode 6. As Angelea’s confidence began growing, so did her attitude and hell-bent mission to break down the other competitors to ultimately win.
Angelea began episode 6 determined to “take these bitches out.” Upset about getting two runner-up photos, she was determined to start drama with the other contestants in the Top Model house just for the sake of starting drama. In front of the judges, she became a different person, while the girls realized she was truly the bitch in the house and in real life.
When asked how she felt about another bed going empty in her room [following the elimination of Tatianna], she snapped back with, “Like Tyra said, this is not America’s Next Top Model(s); there can’t be two. You know what I’m saying? We all need to be signed up for it.” This statement seems consistent with the statement she made while auditioning for cycle 12 (“This isn’t America’s Next Best Friend.”).
Specifically, Angelea picked fights with Brenda, Raina and Jessica (whom Alasia called “the three musketeers”). She especially had a few choice words for Raina, who was a strong competitor for Top Model.
Despite Angelea’s combative attitude with the other contestants, Angelea still managed to produce an exceptional photo during the “New York women” photo shoot with Mike Ruiz. Nigel said that her photo was the best photo she’d taken thus far and she was alluring, dynamite. Andre Leon Talley (ALT) agreed with Nigel; he said that her photo was magnificent, facinating, and that he loved the confidence she exuded. Surprisingly, ALT added that she must have been a wonderful person in her personal life, as well. Following this statement, Nigel revealed that every girl behind her smirked and shook their heads when ALT said that.
Angelea ended up finally being called first during elimination, due to her impressive performance.
Episode 7 began with Angelea expressing happiness that she was called first in the previous elimination. She was also ecstatic that Brenda had been eliminated, due to their ongoing conflict in the house.
Angelea continued to do well during the runway challenge at Lucky Cheng’s, exuding personality while walking for an audience and Miss J. Despite losing the challenge to Krista, she went into the “Hair Couture” shoot with confidence and slight arrogance because of how well she was doing in the competition. She also got to share the prize (clothing pieces from Whitney Port’s clothing line) with Krista because she was called first in the previous panel.
During panel, Angelea once again received a good review from the judges. Guest judge, Whitney Port, said that Angelea ‘owned’ her outfit and her body looked strong. ALT said that she had grace in her hands. Tyra said that she had control of her face and emotion – and it looked as if she was crossing the “fashion finish line.”
Angelea’s exceptional performance resulted in a 2nd call in panel. Krista was called first, which allowed her to fly first class to the international destination of New Zealand – and she was allowed to pick one girl to accompany her in first class; she picked Angelea.
She began episode 8 off incredibly strong. After winning the go-sees challenge (booking 6 out of 6 jobs), Angelea won clothing from all the designers. This boosted her confidence going into the “same dress” photo shoot with Nigel Barker.
Unfortunately, her confidence quickly disappeared during the photo shoot with Nigel. As soon as she got on set, she seemed unsure of the garment and her wasn’t as aware of her face while posing. Nigel seemed unimpressed with her performance during the shoot; he said she “felt lost.” In the Top Model confessional she said she was worried about panel, as she didn’t feel good about how she performed.
Once in panel, Nigel said she had the ability to take pictures very well, especially with her bone structure, but she didn’t try very hard for him. ALT said that the photo was his least favorite picture of hers. Guest judge Sara Tetro said that any girl who can book six out of six jobs off go-sees will be able to make an agent stop and listen, although she didn’t like the photo at all; she added that Angelea she killed her personality, as well. Tyra said that Nigel really ‘brought it’ with the composition, but Angelea didn’t deliver.
The judges were also slightly off-put due to Angelea’s “slow-motion-in-the-club” routine she spontaneously performed during judging. Tyra said she looked like the drunk girl in the club.
Angelea ended up being called 4th during elimination despite her unconventional facade at judging.
Angelea began episode 9 by revealing that her friendship with Krista was diminishing as Krista was consistently doing better in the competition.
During the first challenge of the episode, the girls had to pose in the doorway of a Hobbit home, where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Mr. Jay judged this challenge with Sarah McLeod, the actress who played hobbit Rosie Cotton in the film. It was here that Angelea expressed that she had no idea what a hobbit was – and had never seen the movie Lord of the Rings. Angelea performed well during this challenge, but not as well as Krista, actually won the challenge.
During the “shadow shoot” with Tyra behind the lens, Mr. Jay and Tyra said that Angelea was “sweet, soft and blah.” Tyra said that she only performed well after being told to “just be dead.”
During panel, Tyra complimented Angelea for “looking like a model” in panel. ALT called her picture “angelic, like a Matisse painting.” He said there was a softness in her body and eyes. Nigel said that she needed to look “far away” during her photo shoots.
Angelea’s average performance earned her a 3rd call out, leaving her to remain in the top four of the competition.
The finale episode of Cycle 14 began with a challenge in mid air. The girls were asked to walk the runway of an airplane during their flight to Queenstown, New Zealand. Angelea didn’t do particularly well during this challenge, as she had only one shoe/heel (she forgot the other shoe) AND she walked the runway with a little too much cheese. Mr. Jay said that she needed to take the challenges a little more seriously.
During the “ugly pretty” photo shoot with Monty Adams, Mr. Jay had to push Angelea with a negative critique to get her to respond to the creative appropriately. At one point, she even told Mr. Jay that she was tired of his harping on her, which helps her attain good shots.
During the final judging panel, Mr. Jay said that she was confused with the creative and that he was not crazy about her final photo. Tyra said that her face looked haunting. Nigel said that she looked visibly upset during panel and that she should have been glowing, even if the critique isn’t ideal.
Unfortunately, Angelea landed in the bottom three with Raina and Alexandra. While in the bottom three, Tyra told Angelea that her face was edgy and interesting, but the judges were wondering if she could take critique and still forge ahead in the industry.
In the end, Raina and Krista were chosen as the final two, leaving Angelea and Alexandra eliminated from the competition. As she was eliminated, Tyra told her that she needs to take critique and keep her head held high.
Angelea exited panel just after doing her “hammer dance.” The panel applauded.
Upon leaving, Angelea said the following:
“I’m proud of myself. Angelea is still a winner. I’m still that bitch. I don’t care what nobody says. I’ve got goals and I got dreams; I’m not just talking this BS just to be talking it like, I’m gonna get on my grind and hustle, hustle, hustle. Trust and believe, you will be seeing Angelea because I know America loves me. And even though I’m not in the final two, I’m still America’s next top model. I don’t care.”
To read Angelea’s post-elimination interview with RTV Games, click here.
Since the show, Angelea has planned to moved to New York to pursue modeling and possibly acting.
To view more photos of Angelea, click here.