In April of 2010, interviewed Cycle 14’s Anslee Payne-Franklin. The interview summarizes her experience on the show, how she was portrayed and her feelings regarding conflict in the Top Model house. Here is the text from the article (written by Greg David):

Anslee: no regrets You just missed the trip to New Zealand.
Anslee Payne: Yeah, it’s disappointing.

TVG: What was more disappointing, being eliminated or missing the trip?
AP: Overall, being eliminated. Yes, it would have been amazing to go to New Zealand, but it would have been more amazing to still be in the competition.

TVG: What happened during the runway challenge? I’m sure it was edited so that no one clapped for you.
AP: Yes, they did. It’s so funny that you say that, because my Mom said, “Like you would stand there with your arms above your head and nobody would clap for you. That was so obvious!”

TVG: Did it bug you to see the show edited that way?
AP: No. I know what I signed up for. Yes, it is a modelling contest but it’s also a reality show. If you have ever watched any reality TV shows, you know how it goes.

TVG: What about the rest of the way that you were edited?
AP: Yeah, I was OK with it for the most part. You don’t want the bad things to be shown, but that’s what makes good television. Overall it didn’t bother me at all.

TVG: You’re pretty savvy when it comes to this. Some of the other girls haven’t been.
AP: I’m realistic about the way things go. I know that they are going to do what they have to to make a great television show because they are going to give the viewers want they want to see.

TVG: And great television includes conflict, which you were a part of this season. You seemed to clash a bit with Alasia. Were she and Angelea bullies in the house?
AP: Angelea is a hard person to take anyway, and it’s not that she means to be that way, I think it’s just the only way she knows how to be. She has said in her on-cameras that she is expected to talk a certain way, and that she doesn’t want to. But she has to realize that sometimes people don’t want a certain demeanor from people.

I learned not to talk with a Southern accent because people picked on me for it, and people automatically assumed that I wasn’t intelligent. “Oh, she’s just a redneck, she doesn’t know anything.” But I learned that I needed to change that if I wanted to be respected.

TVG: So, do you think it’s a confidence thing in Angelea’s case?
AP: Yes, I do. She is a very confident person, but I think there are things in her past that she holds on to that makes her that way. And Alasia…I hate saying this because it’s so cliché, but she’s just young. It’s not an excuse, but at the same time it is. After that confrontation that she and I had, you don’t see it on TV, I went and apologized to her for jumping to conclusions and yelling at her.

TVG: What are you most proud of?
AP: That throughout all the ups and downs, that I stuck with it. There was a point where I felt like giving up. It’s extremely stressful. Your hours are constantly changing, and you’re dealing with other people.

TVG: What advice would you give a girl who is thinking about taking part in ANTM?
AP: The biggest thing I have learned to stay true to who you are and never divert from your true self. You have alter egos in front of the camera and that’s fine, but remember when that camera goes away, to just stay you. Don’t get a big head. At the end of the day, you have to watch yourself on TV.

To learn more about Cycle 14‘s Anslee Payne-Franklin, visit her bio page here.

Photo: CWBarbara Nitke

In April of 2010, interviewed Cycle 14’s Anslee Payne-Franklin. The interview summarizes her experience on the show, the drama behind the camera and her feelings regarding her elimination. Here is the text from the article (written by Phil Kural):

“It’s Unrealistic to Base Your Standing in the Competition Off One Person’s Critique!” – An Interview with America’s Next Top Model 14’s Anslee

Anslee was the most recent girl eliminated from America’s Next Top Model when the judges felt that her potential had run out. Was that really the case? Did Anslee feel that she got the advice she needed to improve? Was she really as combative as she was edited? The answers to these questions and many more await you right here!

I think it’s pretty clear how I felt about Anslee. From the beginning, I never really saw her potential, and in my pre-show article I had her pegged as one of the first to go. I just continually felt that she wasn’t fully committed to the competition, which had nothing to do with her having a child at home. Either way, I still had a chance to chat with Anslee and she was able to shed some light on more than a few subjects. Want to see what I’m talking about? Keep reading!

RealityNewOnline: Hey, Anslee! Thanks for taking time to chat with me today. How much of previous cycles have you seen and what factored into your decision to apply?

Anslee: You know, I decided to apply the first time when I was too young and I obviously couldn’t do it then. I ended up getting pregnant when I was eligible, so that changed the plan there as well. So when my daughter was old enough, I decided that it was time for real. She was finally old enough and I was always a bigfan of the show. I couldn’t watch it as much as I used to before she was born, but I’d always watch the marathons on Bravo or another station.

RNO: We know one issue you struggled with in the competition was being away from your child. Looking back, do you feel you were ready for the competition?

Anslee: I guess the way that everyone else sees it is just way more dramatic than it actually was. I was devastated that I had to leave my daughter, but not to the degree that they showed it. It looked way more than what it actually was. It wasn’t something that I regret, but instead it actually showed me I can leave my family and be comfortable knowing everything is fine.

RNO: Realistically, do you think it’s possible for someone to start a modeling career while raising a child or is it a bit overwhelming?

Anslee: Every day is different when you have a child. They are just never alike because there are different emotional issues every day. There will always be days when modeling and having children are overwhelming, but it’s not impossible. If you are devoted to modeling and you have a family that supports you then you can figure out a way to make it work.

RNO: We saw a few times this season where you weren’t afraid to voice your opinion or have something of a verbal altercation with the other girls. Did you know going into the competition that there would be a lot of drama?

Anslee: I didn’t think that there would be as much drama to the degree it actually was. Even the stuff I wasn’t involved in, I couldn’t believe how it escalated. There was just a lot of nitpicking, but society looking in has to remember there were 13 different personalities with 13 different stories and with 13 different backgrounds and upbringings. The difference between our season and others was that we had a lot of opinionated girls that weren’t scared to voice their opinions.

RNO: Two weeks ago, we heard Krista refer to you as one of the girls who was “real” along with herself, Angelea, and Alasia. Did you identify yourself as part of that group in the house?

Anslee: Yeah, I definitely did. Alasia and I weren’t that close but I was very close with Krista. I was friends with Angelea, but we really were the girls that didn’t mind telling it like it was. You had other girls in there that weren’t being themselves and just haven’t really found themselves yet. One week they are one person and next week they were someone else. I’m blunt and to the point and I told myself going in not to alter who I was because I was around new people.

RNO: The judges consistently said that you would be a great beauty model, but they weren’t sure of your potential past that. Did they give you pointers on how to be more versatile?

Anslee: The biggest pointer that they gave me was to get in front of the camera, even if it wasn’t a professional photographer, and do some test shots. It’s about learning your own body and what angles look good and what doesn’t. I guess for so many years I’ve been stuck on my face since I have such a strong look that I neglected to look at how my body looked.

RNO: At what point in the competition do you think things began to turn around for you as far as your elimination?

Anslee: I’m not sure about my elimination, but I know things turned around for me in a good way after the subway shoot. Andre wasn’t in love with the photo, but the other judges were. That was when things starting turning for me for the better.

RNO: Now that you can watch the show and see what other girls said in private, has anything surprised you?

Anslee: Not really. Like I had said before, there is so much of the film that you don’t get to see, but for the most part what was said in the confessional was said in front of everyone else. There are house rules that you can’t really listen in on someone else’s confessional, and that one incident you did see was pretty isolated.

RNO: I often hear the girls say that their critique at the shoot is a lot different than what they hear at panel. Is that why you felt you would be safe at panel?

Anslee: There’s a difference of what you see with Mr. Jay and at panel in front of the judges. You only get to know Jay’s opinion so you can’t just feel like the judges at panel are going to like it as well. It’s not realistic to base your standing in the competition off one person’s critique. It’s confusing too when you are in the moment getting different types of advice.

RNO: With only six girls left in the competition, who would you personally rank as the top three?

Anslee: Hmm. Well, I’d say Krista, Raina, and Alasia. Just remember that this is from a modeling aspect, not a personality aspect. It’s funny to watch girls like Jessica that try and come off as this sweet girl in the beginning and now she is showing her true colors with all her fighting with the judges. She played it up in the beginning that she was so sweet and the church-going sweetheart, and then she turns into this combative person with the judges.

RNO: Considering what you learned from the competition, do you feel that you are adequately prepared to enter into the modeling world?

Anslee: There are some things that you learn and take away and then there are other things that you realize are just for a reality competition and you shy away from. You have to remember that it’s not just a modeling competition, but a reality TV show as well. There are a lot of great pointers that I’m taking away, but some I’m not too. In a personal aspect, it’s hard to say since there is so much you can learn and people say that models never live in the same house together, but they do. Tyra told us about model houses where groups of models live together. I don’t think I would do that aspect of modeling, but then again there is only so much you can learn on a TV show.

RNO: What kind of advice would you give to other girls that are thinking of applying for the show and have children at home?

Anslee: It’s one of those things that I’m a true believer in – you have to do things that are going to make you who you are in the end. If you don’t do it then you will regret it in the end. My daughter is too young to have a concept of time. It hurt me more than it hurt her to be away. Don’t lose yourself though or portray yourself to be someone that you aren’t. That’s the best advice I can give.

RNO: What are your plans from here? Do you still intend on pursuing a modeling career or are you going to put your main focus back on the family thing?

Anslee: My main focus will always be my family no matter what, since I never would have done what I did without their support. I do have the means and the ability to pursue a modeling career and my door is open to any of the possibilities that come my way. I have the determination and the focus to do both.

RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to fans of the show?

Anslee: The biggest thing that I can say from reading blogs and opinions of people is to remember that this is a competition, but it’s a reality show too. We are under stress, so try not to be so quick to judge. It’s easy to look and judge us all, but you are judging based off of one moment and not as a person in their day-to-day. Think about the situation and put yourself in there. I’ve read all over the place that I’m wrong for leaving my child. I wonder if those people have children. Just be a real person, and think about if you could handle the stress of being on a reality show.

RNO: Thanks, Anslee!

To learn more about Cycle 14‘s Anslee Payne-Franklin, visit her bio page here.

Photo: CWJonathan Mannion

In April of 2010, interviewed Cycle 14’s Anslee Payne-Franklin. The interview summarizes her experience on the show, how she felt watching her elimination on TV and her most challenging moment on Top Model. Here is the text from the article (written by Meghan Carlson):

One of a few young mothers in this cycle of America’s Next Top Model, AnsleePayne-Franklin, 23, felt she had a lot at stake as she competed for Tyra’s title, often saying in her confessionals that she was following her modeling dream in order to give her husband and young daughter a better life. But, as she told me after her elimination on Wednesday, she never could have made it so far if she hadn’t also been competing for herself.

As they prepare to fly off to New Zealand for the final stretch of the cycle, the final six also lost one of their most outspoken roommates in Anslee. And while she doesn’t deny any of those big blow-ups with her competitors, including the instant classic “frozen veggies” argument with Alasia, there’s more to Anslee than the “coldhearted” person Top Model viewers may think they met on TV. 

Congratulations on being on Top Model and making it so far in the competition. How does it feel watching your final episode and seeing it all wind down?

It was sad, but, you know, obviously I already knew that. But it was really disappointing watching that with my family and seeing how it all fell together, and seeing myself so upset on TV. It was emotional. I was sad, but I’m still thrilled with how I did, so I wasn’t too upset.

Speaking of your family, you always had them in mind, thinking about how you were there to give them a better life. What has their support been like since you left the show?

It’s been amazing. I have one of the best families, they support me through everything. My husband had to work and run the house and take care of our daughter while I was off living my dream. That says a lot to me about what kind of husband and relationship I have. I do think it’s kind of funny that they showed it as much as they did, as far as me saying the same thing over and over again. I didn’t really say it that much, but compiled all together it looks like I said it every time my face was in front of the camera. I’m not saying that because I said, “I did this for my child, I did this for my husband,” that’s not saying I didn’t do this for myself. I did do it for myself, that overall drive that I had came within myself. It was a perk to get to do this for my family, for my three-year-old daughter who will one day get to see this and understand it, to never give up. I’m 23 years old, I have a daughter, I work two jobs, and I still was able to make it on America’s Next Top Model. That should tell her to never give up on anything she wants to do.

You definitely need to be comfortable with yourself in order to handle all the crazy experiences Tyra puts you through. What was the most challenging moment for you?

As competitive as I am, trying not to be overzealous in my competitive aspect. When we played the game show and we lost, I was extremely hard on Brenda. That’s the competitive side of me needing to be wound back a couple notches. The drive is always to win, but I’m not one of those people who wants to win at the loss of hurting somebody’s feelings. I know that’s how I look on TV, but that’s not who I am as a person. But people who nag and complain drive me nuts. I’m extremely opinionated, so it was a challenge to me to kind of not say everything that popped in my brain.

Speaking of that, what did you enjoy more about the hair photo shoot: getting to wear those crazy outfits, or getting to yell insults at the other team?

I really wasn’t one that was yelling insults at people. I can’t … if I’m insulting someone because they deserve it, that’s one thing. If I’m insulting someone just to be mean and hateful, I have a problem with that. So it was really hard for me to be that person and put somebody down when they didn’t deserve to be put down.

Yeah, some of them were just poking fun, but some of them were pretty harsh, too.

Yeah, like the “two-dollar hooker comment” that was said to me or whoever? I’m not that person, and I’m not going to go to that extreme just to make good television, to hurt somebody. I mean, anything that I did where I looked like I was being mean, my intention was never to hurt somebody’s feelings. Or to belittle somebody. The argument between me and Alasia, I went back and apologized to her. Of course, you all didn’t see that, but I did. I’m not that coldhearted person that some people perceive me to be. She still calls me, she still sends me text messages all the time. I mean, it’s not that … I don’t hold a grudge against anyone. I got into it the first day in the house with Angelea. I still talked to her after that. I have no problem admitting when I was wrong, and I have no problem apologizing to somebody when I’m wrong, especially if I hurt somebody’s feelings.

In this last judging panel, Tyra chose to save Alexandra, who didn’t seem to have the same drive that you did. Did that upset you?

No. It really doesn’t because the way I see it, Alexandra still has her drive. She’ll always have her drive, that’s just the type of person she is. And she was going through some emotional stuff, and it showed. Just like mine showed. I don’t think she lost her drive at all, I think she was just dealing with some stress and some emotional issues. Different people deal with it in different ways, and hers just happened to show a bit more than other people’s may have.

How did you respond to Tyra’s question of whether you might be more suited for beauty modeling?

That really didn’t bother me. A lot of people might have thought that was slightly insulting, but it really didn’t bother me. That’s something I’ve always had an interest in, anyway. The makeup industry has exploded in the last five years. Everything becoming more outlandish and out-there, as far as M.A.C. makeup and Covergirl. You know, Covergirl used to be all about simplicity, but in the last five years it’s been about making women who they want to be, not just who society thinks they should be. And it’s become so much more outrageous. The makeup’s more dramatic, it’s not just plain Jane whatever. If I got offered a makeup campaign, that’s not something that I would even remotely turn down. I took it as a positive compliment, but at the same time it was a double-sided compliment, like, “Yes, your face is beautiful, but you need to work on the rest of you and then you’d be amazing.” That’s the way I took it.

Now that you’re out of the competition, who do you think should win?

You know, of course I was best friends with Krista and Alex, so of course I’m going to say them. But realistically, as far as how the TV show is going, as far as they’ve portrayed themselves, I think it’s going to come down to Raina, Krista and Alasia.

Krista was kind of a late-breaker, it seems.

Yeah, but I’ve always known she had it in her, it’s just her believing in herself. She second guesses everything she does. That’s just the type of person … you know, there’s people in society who do that, and don’t necessarily know they’re doing it. They just automatically assume the worst. And that’s the way she is. All she needed was that one boost of confidence to get best picture, and she’s going to take off. The more she felt confident in her photo shoots, the more she’s going to rock it. I think she’s going to do great.

What’s next for you?

I’ve gotten a couple local offers that I couldn’t take until I was eliminated. But I’m open to anything. I can’t wait to get my portfolio so I can put it to good use.

To learn more about Cycle 14‘s Anslee Payne-Franklin, visit her bio page here.

Source: BuddyTV
Photo: CWMike Ruiz

In April of 2010, interviewed Cycle 14’s Anslee Payne-Franklin. The interview summarizes her experience on the show, her feelings about her daughter and what she felt “did her in” in the end. Here is the text from the article (written by Andy Shaw):

Anslee Payne-Franklin, 23, was the Dacula, Georgia bartender with dreams of a better life for her and her family if only she could win “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 14. But Anslee fell short of winning after being eliminated last week for a so-so “Big Hair Day” shoot, in which the judges said her beautiful face wasn’t enough to compensate for her lackluster poses.

In her Real Blogger Exit Interview, Anslee gives some blunt answers about why she got eliminated, her relationship with Brenda, being a mom and if there really was racial tension in the house.

Real Blogger: So they announce you’re going to New Zealand, and then you get eliminated. That must have made it harder.

Anslee Payne-Franklin: Yeah, and then you get eliminated. It’s not so easy.

RB: Was it bittersweet? At least you got to go home and see your kid.

APF: Yeah, in my particular situation, you’re riding the fence. You’re upset about not going on the trip and being eliminated in general. I wanted to pursue on, not only for the trip … but at same time I’m a mother… I was happy to see my daughter.

RB: What was it like when you saw her again?

APF: It was amazing! When I saw Chloe, she didn’t even recognize who I was at first… So that was emotional at first. Chloe would look at me, then my husband, Brian. She went, “Mommy?” Brian was like, “What, it’s Mommy!” She ran to me. Then she never left my side.

RB: How did you explain to her about being on the show?

APF: You can’t explain that to a two-year-old. I explained to her in a sense, because I would work at night (as a bartender), so I explained to her in the work aspect. That’s something she already understood (about Anslee not being around for work).

RB: Did the producers make too big of a deal about how you are a mom and missed your kid, since there were other moms there, such as Jessica and Brenda? Or was that an accurate portrayal?

APF: It was kind of a little bit of both. My family is my number one priority, regardless of my own passions and pursuits, but of course I wanted to win.

Actually, I felt it was strange that the other mothers didn’t talk about their families as much as I did. When your a mom,  that’s a big deal. Your child is really big to you. (Not being around Chloe), that wasn’t something I was extremely used to.

RB: I have to say, other than the season premiere, I wouldn’t have known Jessica and Brenda have kids. It wasn’t ever mentioned on camera.

APF: I don’t think anybody would. That wouldn’t be common knowledge. I think that’s very strange.

RB: So let’s talk about your last episode. What happened in the Big Hair challenge? Was it tough creating movement with that hair?

APF: (Laughs) You would think hair would move. It’s hair, it moves constantly, it can’t be that hard … but I have this long funky train. Every time I tried to jump – I know that’s really great (for movement) – I would trip over it. I can’t really jump with it because I have this long funky thing behind me … it was really heavy. That skirt and all of that hair probably weighed 10 or 15 pounds.

RB: Were you nervous about being eliminated going into judging?

APF: Going into elimination, I wasn’t worried. But when they go through everybody else’s photos and I heard the comments … that’s when I became worried and became nervous about how this was going. (While judged deliberated, she played out in her head how things would go) and when we went back out there, it was like living a dream. It was exactly what I thought in my head. Every person she would call, I would mouth it right before.

RB: Wow, so you had you and Alexandra in the bottom two?

APF: Yep.

RB: You and Brenda fought some at one point, but then seemed to be OK. Did you actually make up? You did say she complained too much. (Ed. note: Brenda said in her exit interview she was surprised Anslee talked behind her back)

APF: I just tolerated her. I’m not a big fan of her. She’s whiny. There’s always something going on with Brenda that makes her the center of attention. Its’ not a jealousy thing. I mean, everybody has something going on … She complained about her hair getting cut off. I’m sorry, did you not notice my hair was cut off too? Everybody was so tired of hearing about her hair.

RB: Do you think that’s what led to her elimination? Not having confidence after her hair was cut short?

APF: I think that’s what did her her in. She said ‘I’m a girly person, I’m not this person they are making me out to be.’ But the modeling world is about being some other person.

RB: What do you think did you in?

APF: It was poses. I have such a stern look on my face. I was concentrated so much on softening my face, I’d forget about the rest of my body.

RB: What led you to audition for Top Model?

APF: It’s obviously been a passion of mine since I was young… (When she was young), I did a magazine, a freebie, for a new designer. That was the spark for me that said this is something I want to do.

When I first filled out an application (for Top Model), I was 16, so I was too young. The year after that, I was pregnant with my daughter, so that obviously was not a good time. (At age 23), there was a photographer I have in the area, and his wife saw they were casting in Atlanta, so I did it … I was happy being 2 out of 400 picked in Atlanta. I’m proud of that.
RB: Did you feel there was any underlying racial tension in the house? You and Alexandra didn’t seem to be in it, but there were two cliques going at it.

APF: I think that’s an outsiders’ point of view looking it. It wasn’t really like that. Alexandra, me and Krista were super, super close. But Brenda, Raina and Jessica were close. It did kind of make it look a little off. Sometimes in the limo, Krista would say let me sit next to you so we don’t look racist (laughs).

RB: What was your best week? You seemed to do well in the fragrance photo shoot.

APF: I’d say the subway shoot (for the Cover Girl ad). It really showed me, even though I was trying to do something else. That’s not an odd face to see on me. That’s me. I was really comfortable.

RB: And you got to meet last season’s winner, Nicole Fox. She must have been really short compared to all of you (Last season was for petite models).
APF: (Laughs) Yes, she is! It didn’t look like she was, but she had on big, huge high heels. It was funny. She said, ‘I’m so short.’ She stepped down (out of her heels), and she barely came up to my chest. She’s a pocket-sized model (laughs). She’s so cute and so sweet. I know you saw her on TV and there would be awkwardness and those crickets moments. That’s not really how she is in real life.

RB: So what’s next for you?

APF: My door’s open to all kinds of ideas. They don’t send you your portfolio until after your eliminated. So I’m ready to get that and use that to my advantage. Some of the photographers on the show … you’d be lucky to ever get in front of, being a common model. I have my eye on agencies in Atlanta, and in Chicago.

To learn more about Cycle 14‘s Anslee Payne-Franklin, visit her bio page here.

Photo: CWJonathan Mannion

In April of 2010, the LA Times interviewed Cycle 14’s Anslee Payne-Franklin. The interview summarizes her experience on the show, her feelings about her makeover and how she feels about being a beauty model. Here is the text from the article (written by Jethro Nededog):

Anslee, the former pageant girl and married mother of one, was eliminated last week on “America’s Next Top Model.” She may have had one of the harshest elimination episodes we’ve seen this cycle.

In the drag queen runway challenge, she says the show made it look as if not one audience member clapped for her. In the elimination, Tyra Banks told her she might be more suited to beauty modeling, which means only taking close-up pictures from the chest up. Ouch.

Anslee says she’s still working on her modeling career and she already has a couple of local offers on the table. At any rate, the Dacula, Ga., native would have loved to have had just a little more time on the show.

“There’s always those little things where you wish you had more time in certain areas to ask more questions or learn a little bit more,” Anslee says. “But, overall, it taught me a little bit more about the industry and what it wants from girls these days.”

What was it like competing on the show while being away from your daughter?
I didn’t just do it for myself. I did it for her, so I kind of just kept that in my mind and kept thinking that it will only last so long and then I’ll be back with her soon. It wasn’t as bad as it looked like on TV.

What was it like competing on the show while being away from your daughter?
I didn’t just do it for myself. I did it for her, so I kind of just kept that in my mind and kept thinking that it will only last so long and then I’ll be back with her soon. It wasn’t as bad as it looked like on TV.

Who were your least favorite women in the house?
I wouldn’t say I had any least favorites. Of course, I had confrontations with certain people. You know I’m one of those people that believe everyone is different and they’re different for a reason. If we were all alike the world would be quite a boring place. I didn’t really get a long with Brenda that much, because she whined a lot. And I just thought she thought her problems were worse than anybody else’s and it’s a little frustrating to hear her whine about her hair all the time. I mean you weren’t the only person who got their hair cut off.

That’s true. She did talk to me a lot about her hair.

Well, I think she’s the kind of girl that gets stuck on ‘this isn’t my personality’ and ‘this isn’t who I am.’ Modeling is not about who you are, but who you can portray you are.

Earlier in the season, didn’t you have a run-in with Alasia?
Yes, I did. That’s another thing where TV plays it up a little more. I went back and apologized to her and told her I was sorry for yelling at her. I explained to her why that set me off the way it did. Sometimes the way she acts and the way she says things don’t really go off well with others. I’m one of those who believe that if you have something to say to me, say it to my face. Don’t say it when you’re 10 feet down the hallway away from me. She’s young and the more I watched her, the more I started to understand that about her. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know who she wants to be. I remember being 18 years old. It wasn’t that long ago. I don’t think she really thinks before she opens her mouth.

When you left the house, Alexandra was feeling down. Do you know why?
She was just feeling the pressure. There is a lot of pressure and there is a lot of stress and a lot of emotional stuff that maybe you’ve never been through in your life, but you start going through there. People are picking you apart and people don’t deal so well with that. She was like me. I went through that at one point. I didn’t go through it as bad as she did. It’s when you’re sitting there thinking I haven’t won anything, I haven’t gotten best picture, I haven’t won a challenge. And you start getting down on yourself. I think she’s like me in that she has a close-knit family and when that happens you’re used to your family stepping in and picking you up. And there wasn’t anyone there to do that for her. I think that made it even harder for her. She’ll pull through it. She’s a strong-willed person.

A lot of plus-size models start well, but then hit a rough patch after not fitting in the costumes or having less dresses to pick from. Do you think that had anything to do with Alexandra’s mood?
Even me not being a plus-size model, the clothes didn’t fit me. I mean I’m busty, but I’m not a plus-size model. That was something that I fought with just as well. If there’s anything that anybody should realize about Alexandra is that she is one of the most comfortable people with her body. That’s one of the most comfortable girls in her own skin that I’ve seen in a long time.

In the last episode, you didn’t do too well in your drag catwalk. What happened there?
That’s so funny, because it was so dramatized. It wasn’t that bad. Do you honestly think that I would have stood there with my arms in the air and not a single person in there was clapping for me? I mean, come on. That’s a little extreme.

So, you’re saying the show took some editing liberties with that scene?
Yes. I’m not saying that people clapped and clapped and clapped for me, but how funny would it look if I did moderately OK at a challenge and then I get eliminated the same night. That would look pretty weird. You’ve got to kind of remember that when you’re watching the show.

Before you were eliminated, Tyra said you might be more of a beauty model. How did you feel about that?

You know it’s like that double-sided compliment, because you never know what somebody really means. On the one hand, it’s a great thing. On the other hand, it’s terrible. It’s like saying yep, you’re beautiful and someone can use you for a makeup campaign, but the rest of your body sucks. I didn’t take it as bad, because she said she was looking forward to the one-on-one photo shoot with me. I don’t think it was a bad thing. I think it was a way to say, “You just have to work on your poses and you’d be more apt to being a complete model.”

Who are your top three picks for the win?

Of course, I would say Alexandra and Krista, because they’re my buddies. Realistically, it’s going to be anywhere between Krista, Raina and Alasia. Alasia, because she’s favored. Raina, because she’s absolutely gorgeous and she takes fabulous pictures. The only downfall is her pictures look the same a lot, if you’ll notice. And Krista, because she’s coming out of her shell and in the next couple of shows, she’s really going to show everybody what she’s capable of.

To learn more about Cycle 14‘s Anslee Payne-Franklin, visit her bio page here.

Photo: CWJonathan Mannion

Reality TV Games conducted a post-elimination phone interview with Anslee following her appearance on the show. Click on the link below to learn more about her passion for horses, her extreme sports past, what really happened between her and Alasia, and plans for her future in modeling.


To learn more about Cycle 14‘s Anslee Payne-Franklin, visit her bio page here.


To learn more about Cycle 14‘s Anslee Payne-Franklin, visit her bio page here.