Sara Blackamore Interview with Digital Spy (Sept 2010)
October 15, 2010
In September of 2010, Digital Spy interviewed Cycle 15‘s Sara Blackamore following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (conducted and posted by Lara Martin, News Editor):
Sara (‘America’s Next Top Model’)
After leaving her young son at home to pursue her dream of modeling on America’s Next Top Model, mother Sara admitted that she felt “guilty” about that decision when she didn’t make it to the finale. So, does she still feel that way? We caught up with the 21-year-old from California to chat about the experience, the photoshoot and her plans for the future…
Did you think you would be going home this week?
“I kind of knew I did bad at the photoshoot so I expected to be in the bottom two but I didn’t expect to be going home. I really thought I would make it over Lexie.”
The judges were unhappy with quite a lot of the photos; how do you think your picture compared to the other girls?
“I really didn’t think mine was the worst but we all did really bad when we did the photoshoot; I just didn’t see mine as the worst.”
Why did you all struggle?
“I think that all the elements of the photoshoot were hard. We were harnessed in which was painful, and we kind of just got thrown into the photoshoot. We got there and did our make-up and hair super quick – like it didn’t even take an hour – and then the photoshoot. We were also working with male models on top of that. It was just all the elements.”
The judges said you had a Gisele quality to you in a prior photoshoot. How did that compliment feel?
“Great! They said that, and after the runway they gave me some good critiques, but other than that, I kind of felt like the whole time I was getting bad critiques so my confidence was going down a lot. I came into the competition trying to think that I was going to win and not comparing myself to the other girls.”
You said on last night’s episode that you felt guilty at leaving your son at home. Do you regret doing the show?
“No. At the time I felt guilty that I didn’t win and I was there but I know so much will come out of the show and looking back now, I know it was the right thing to do. He was perfectly fine while I was gone and I don’t feel guilty anymore.”
He’s still young but did he recognize you when you were on TV?
“He watches it and will point at me and everything so he knows I’m there but usually he’s asleep!”
Have you kept the bleached eyebrows and dark hair?
“I kept the dark hair but I dyed my eyebrows back. I kept it for a while and then I think people starting wondering like, ‘What is up with her?!’”
Did you know about Lexie’s prank?!
“When we got home the day that she made it, it was one in the morning. Liz showed it to us; she was so into it! I didn’t want to see it because I thought it was real, so I told them not to show me because I wanted to be surprised for the makeover. But then it kind of got to the point that they spelt some girls’ names wrong, which they had never done before, so we figured it was a prank by the girls, although we thought Kacey had done it!”
How did you find living in the house with all the other girls?
“I got along with a lot of the girls. I didn’t really connect with Esther but I connected with all the other girls. I have a twin and I’m always around her, and I played sports so I’ve always been surrounded by girls – I was used to it! There wasn’t as much fighting as you would think, I think we all pretty much got along in this cycle!”
What inspired you to rap for Tyra in the first episode?
“I just knew that it would catch her attention and none of the other girls would do it. I wanted to show my personality.”
So you aren’t aiming for a career in the music industry at any stage?!
“No! I don’t even have rhythm. A lot of people took it as me being serious but I can’t dance. I have no rhythm! It was a joke!”
How was it working with Tyra?
“It was great. It will open a lot of doors for me so I don’t regret it for a second and I know I will make the most of it.”
What did you think when you found out the prize this season was Italian Vogue?
“I thought that was just amazing. We were so shocked, none of us expected it. We knew going in that it would be bigger than ever but Italian Vogue? Whoever does win the cycle is set for life! Their career will already be where we are all trying to get!”
Will you keep modeling?
“Yes. I live about an hour and a half away from LA so I will go to agencies out there and try to get started.”