October 15, 2010
America’s Next Top Model Cycle 15: Exclusive Interview with Terra
On last night’s episode of ANTM, Terra, half of the Chris/Terra sisterly powerhouse from Arlington, TX, was eliminated. After her makeover and photo shoot, the Jays felt that she wasn’t comfortable enough with her look to continue on in the competition. We caught up with Terra to discuss her feelings about being eliminated, her experiences in the house, and what’s coming up next.
Q. Mike, RealityWanted: Did you feel it was unfair to receive a makeover and then be eliminated?
A. Terra: Yeah, I don’t think that was fair, especially since it was definitely a drastic look for me. I don’t think it was fair at all.
Q. Mike, RealityWanted: It seems like you and your sister, Chris, are very competitive. If the competition came down to the two of you, who would win?
A. Terra: Of course I’m gonna say myself; between me and her, it definitely would have been me.
Q. Mike, RealityWanted: What was your mom’s reaction to you being eliminated and Chris staying on?
A. Terra: Of course she was gonna be sad, it was a bittersweet moment. She kept trying to ask me why and find a reason for why I got eliminated. I really couldn’t give her a reason because I couldn’t understand the reasoning myself.
Q. Mike, RealityWanted: Aside from your sister, who were some of your favorite girls in the house?
A. Terra: Some of my favorite girls in the house were Kendal, Sara, and Chelsey.
Q. Mike, RealityWanted: Any not so favorite girls?
A. Terra: I didn’t get along with Kacey too well; she seemed really fake to me, and I didn’t really like anything that she did or said.
Q. Mike, RealityWanted: What’s coming up next for you?
A. Terra: I’m going to continue modeling and see where it takes me, and going everywhere I can possible. I’m going to do it until I can’t do it anymore, but if I can’t model, I also have a degree in health, and I would become a health teacher.
October 15, 2010
In September of 2010, BuddyTV interviewed Cycle 15‘s Terra White following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Meghan Carlson, Senior Writer):
Exclusive Interview with Terra of ‘Top Model’ 15: ‘Can’t Figure Out’ Why I Was EliminatedTerra White, the 24-year-old Arlington, Texas native who joined her younger sister Chris as part of the America’s Next Top Model cycle 15 cast this season, was in for quite a shock during last night’s episode–even after Tyra’s stylists chopped off all her hair.
The surprise? Makeover day was an elimination day for the remaining thirteen contestants, with Tyra’s right-hand men Jay Manuel and J. Alexander deciding which girl didn’t rock the new look she’d just been given. When it came down to the final call, the Jays said Terra didn’t have the posing skills to live up to her style, so they sent her home immediately, leaving her heartbroken sister to fight for the title in a challenging fallen angel photo shoot.
I spoke to Terra this morning about her experience on Top Model, from trying out with her sister to her frustrating elimination:
What made you and your sister [Chris] decide to try out? Or did you make that decision on your own?
I actually tried out three times before this one, and I was kind of at the point where I was like, “I’m not going to try anymore.” And my sister was like, “We should try again one more time. Don’t give up.” And I was like, “Yeah, I shouldn’t give up on something that I really want.” And she was like, “Well, I’m going to go, too.” So it was a spur of the moment thing.
It’s funny how many people I talk to who say the exact same thing. It’s almost like once you let go and think, “This is my last shot,” that’s when you get on.
Yeah, I mean, and I just feel like it wasn’t my time the last three times. I hadn’t come into myself. I had to figure out who I was before I could do anything. And that’s what you want to do on this show. You want to be yourself. You don’t want to portray something you’re not.
Your elimination last night was so surprising. So immediate after makeovers. Why do you think they did that?
I still, to this day, can’t figure it out. And I don’t know. I just take it as it is. I can’t figure out why.
What was going through your head when that happened?
I kept saying, “Are they serious? They just cut off seven, eight inches of my hair. They can’t be serious.” I just thought it was a complete joke.
Do you feel like you had enough chances to prove yourself?
No, I don’t think so. After you get a makeover you have a completely different look, and you need to see what you can do with that look. They couldn’t see what I could do with the look with an elimination that quick.
Did you come around about your makeover, or did you change it once you were off the show?
I’m slowly coming to like it, but it’s taking time.
I actually thought it looked beautiful.
Oh, thank you. It’s just taking some time.
What did you think of the teen bullying photo shoot?
I liked the purpose of it, but I thought we were supposed to empower ourselves, coming from that word. And then when I got on set it was like, put yourself back in that moment. I didn’t like that, because we’re not supposed to have that word anymore.
On the episode last night, you said that you felt like Chris was your second chance. Was it harder or easier for you to leave, knowing that she was still going to be there?
I wouldn’t say it was easy to leave. It was hard for me to leave, but it was easy because I know she’s going to be there to represent both of us.
She did really well in her photo shoot last night. Were you proud of her?
I’m always proud of her. Even if she messes up, I know she’s going to correct it the next time. I’m always proud of her.
Who do you think might give her a real run for her money?
I don’t think so, because she’s going to do what she needs to do to make it to the top. She’s not going to let anyone get in her way. Especially because I’m gone, now she has a straightforward purpose. She knows what she needs to do, and she’s not going to stop or mess around.
But if there was anyone else besides your sister who should win, who do you think it would be?
I really like Kendal because she knows her lines. She knows how to pose. And her runway walk is beautiful.
Do you plan to continue modeling?
I’m going to keep modeling and I’m going to exhaust all my outlets. I have a degree in health, so if that doesn’t work out, I plan to teach health.
October 15, 2010
In September of 2010, Digital Spy interviewed Cycle 15‘s Terra White following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Lara Martin, News Editor):
Terra (‘America’s Next Top Model’)
It’s never fun to be eliminated, but it must be especially difficult when it is out of the blue. After being given a new chopped hairstyle on Wednesday night’s makeover episode of America’s Next Top Model, Texan-born Terra was sent home by Miss J and Jay mid-episode. We caught up with her to chat about the experience and competing with sister (and current contestant) Chris…
What were you thinking when you found out there would be a surprise elimination?
“I just thought that it wasn’t time and they didn’t give me a chance to show what I had after the makeover, so I didn’t think it was the proper time.”
You didn’t seem to like the makeover…
“I think I was more upset because they cut off all my hair and then eliminated me! It was like, what was the purpose of even taking the time and effort to do that and then not giving me a chance to show what I could do with it?”
Have you kept the new look?
“Yes (laughs). There’s not much you can do with it! There’s not much in the back. I just try to do what I can with it and I get a lot of compliments on it, actually… Being an African-American woman, we are more attached to our hair because it takes a little bit more to keep it up and take care of it, and I’d gotten to the point where I was in love with the texture, the color I had on it, the length that it was. It was just perfect for me, so all of a sudden to have it cut off with no warning was a little bit more hurtful for me maybe, than it would have been for anybody else.”
It probably didn’t help that your sister got hair extensions…
“Yeah! She was walking around at the house saying, ‘I got long hair!’ I was like, ‘Thanks Chris!'”
Was it difficult competing against your sister when you knew that one of you would have to go home over the other at some stage?
“No, it didn’t make it more difficult because the whole time we had the same mindset that we would be the last two and if you win, I know you will help me, and if I win, I know I will help you. It wasn’t competition, it was more like encouragement.”
How will she cope in the house without you?
“She’s going to be fine. She knows that I’m cheering for her and although I’m not there with her physically, I’m there spiritually and mentally.”
How did you find the bullying photoshoot from last week? It seemed to upset a few of the girls…
“A lot of the girls actually cried at that photoshoot. Tyra was encouraging us to be empowered, to focus away from that. I was empowering myself, getting ready to show that that isn’t me anymore and then when I was on the set, the photographer said to go back to that moment. It was kind of sad having to put yourself in that moment and get that look of sadness, so it was a little bit hard.”
Did you bond with any of the other girls?
“I love Kendal. She’s so sweet. We’re around the same age so we bonded quickly; we have the same mentality and went through the same things, so we bonded very well.”
How was it living in that amazing house?!
“I can’t really describe it! Especially the view from where we stayed on the beach. It was ridiculous! So beautiful!”
How was it working alongside Tyra?
“She is very energetic. How you see her on TV is how she is in person. She’s not putting on a front; she’s very energetic, excited and eager, and she’s serious and excited about everything that she does. That’s just her.”
You applied for the show a few times before. How did it feel to finally get your chance?
“It proved to me and anybody else out there that you can’t give up. It might not be your time because God has other things that he wants you to complete until your time does come. The other times that I tried out, it wasn’t my time and I had other things I needed to complete first. The first times, I don’t feel I was mature enough and I wasn’t myself; I was kind of acting, shy and scared, so I needed to come into myself.”
Would you do anything differently if you could do the show again?
“No, there is nothing I would do differently because I was myself throughout the whole time. I wasn’t different. I didn’t do anything that I’m ashamed of. I was me the entire time.”
What was the best bit of the experience?
“The whole experience. There really wasn’t a best part, the whole experience itself is special. Just to be able to be picked for the season is amazing in itself, so I can’t pick anything out of the whole thing because the whole thing was so good!”
Will you keep modeling?
“Yes, and I’ll do the best I can and exhaust all of my outlets. If it takes off I will do everything I can with it and let it take me as far as it takes me. Once it is over and I can’t do anything more, or if it doesn’t take off for me, then I have a degree in health so I will go ahead and teach with my degree.”
October 5, 2010
Terra Firma: Terra Calls Foul Over Her Post-Makeover Elimination
I felt badly for Terra White. Not only was she devastated with her makeover — her hair was cut super-short in the back leaving her in tears — but she was dumped for looking bad in her makeover photos. I imagine it’s hard to look sexy and sultry when you’re crying.
We caught up with Terra and spoke with her about her elimination last week, that fake makeover list and the bond she strengthened with her sister, Chris.
TVGuide.ca: I’m sorry that you were eliminated right after the makeover. Looking back, do you still think that it was unfair to be cut from the show right after the makeover?
Terra White: I do think it was unfair. There was nothing I could do about it. I have to just keep pushing forward. When I came home, I was trying to figure out the reasoning behind it and I’ve given up trying to come up with a reason.
TVG: Did you ever get used to your look?
TW: No. (Laughs.)
TVG: Have you let your hair grow back then?
TW: My hair grows back pretty slowly. I had about an inch of hair in the back and I probably have three to four inches back there now. It hasn’t grown back as fast as I would like, but I’m doing what I can with it.
TVG: Has being on Top Model been a positive experience for you?
TW: It was an experience that a lot of people don’t get a chance to take part in. I’m grateful for the experience and it hopefully opens a lot of doors for me.
TVG: What did you learn from the show?
TW: I wouldn’t say that I learned much. I knew who I was before I went on the show, so I can’t say I learned anything spectacular about myself. I’m grateful that my sister and I both made it because it made us form a stronger bond as sisters.
TVG: There have never been siblings on the show before, has there?
TW: No, and I’m grateful that we got to experience that because it opened a lot of doors for us. I love setting examples and we got to set an example for other sisters that might want to try out for the show.
TVG: Speaking of bonds, did you form any with anyone else in the house?
TW: Yeah, I talk to Kendal almost every couple of days. I email Rhianna all the time. Liz and I actually work in the same area in the mall we work in, so I go over and talk to her.
TVG: Did you know about the fake makeover list before you watched this week’s episode?
TW: I wasn’t too worried about that. A lot of girls got upset over it, but I knew they would never leave behind top-secret stuff on a piece of notebook paper. It was ridiculous.
TVG: What’s next for you?
TW: I just want to continue to model. Any doors that open, I will take the opportunity and run with it. If it takes me down that path, I will continue to do it and if it doesn’t, I was taught to have a back-up plan. I have a degree in health, so I will take that and become a health teacher.
October 5, 2010
Reality TV Games Exclusive Interview with ANTM 15’s Terra White
Reality TV Games participated in a post-elimination phone call with America Next Top Model 15’s Terra White.
How tall are you?
5’9″ ( hometown?) Arlington (a suburb of Dallas Texas). (Any siblings other than Chris?) It’s just us two.
Are you a student or do you work?
I work… I am an assistant manager at a [shoe] store. (Do you like shoes?) Yes, I love clothes, fashion all of it. (What are your favorite shoes?) I don’t know what they’re called, some people call them the Janelle Monae shoes, they’re black and white flats… I like any type of flats, heels I don’t necessarily deal with but any type of flats and sandals, I love. (Who is your favorite designer?) I don’t really have a favorite designer, when I was on the show I got to learn about some but before the show I did not know a lot about designers because for me fashion was whatever I felt looked right or what I liked in a magazine. I am starting to like Alexander McQueen and the creativity that he has. (How would you describe your personal style?) I am very fashionable, I wear whatever I feel is right… I don’t copy anyone else or care what other people say, I just do me.
How did your interest in modeling develop?
I was really into sports and not into the really girly stuff and the older I got the more that I started to look at magazines and stuff and I started to like fashion and then I started watching the show. I liked how you can mix fashion and photography… or you can mix fashion with runway. Me being athletic I never really walked in heels but then I started to walk in heels and that is when I formed a walk and I really, really love the runway, it’s one of my [favorite things]. I would like to continue modeling whether it is runway or print ad or other things in the industry. (What sports did you play?) I played soccer and basketball. (What position did you play in basketball?) I started out as a post, like a four or a five, and once I got a little better I started doing [inaudible] basketball and then they pretty much put me where they needed me. (later) I have not taken a lot of pictures before… well I did when I was in college, I had a friend who was a photographer that always loved to shoot me and we would do stuff whenever he had a bright idea and he took my graduation pictures.
How did you come to be cast on Top Model? You tried out before, right?
I don’t remember the cycles, but I tried out three times before. (How far did you get?) I always made it to the part where you have to make a tape for Tyra.
Did you and your sister have a strategy when it came to being cast and competing on Top Model?
The strategy was to make the girls think that [we] are not intimidated… to be very confident in yourself and not worry about anything and just be ourselves and that is basically what we did. Having the pair of us there was even more intimidating but you have to make people think that you are confident and you are not going to let anything stop you.
How was it for your mother going through this? Was she nervous?
She’s always nervous… every time the show comes, she’s like, “is there anything that you need to warn me about before I watch the show… is there anything that is going to make me upset or sad?” She’s always concerned about us but in a good way, she does not want us to be hurt or to be sad or anything like that. Going through this… she has always been nervous from day one, dropping us off at the first audition, she was nervous.
When you found out that you would not be continuing in the competition, what thought(s) went your mind at that moment?
[The thought that crossed my mind] was basically that I let them cut my hair for nothing. You give someone a makeover to improve their look and see how they work with that look, yeah we took pictures after the makeover and I did exceptionally well… I did very well but I don’t feel that I was given the chance to do a real photo shoot with my makeover so the whole time I was thinking that, “they didn’t even see what I can do with this makeover… they saw nothing.” I kept trying to figure out their reasoning behind it and even when I got home I was like, “I just don’t understand… I don’t understand.” I then came to the realization that I won’t probably understand… but they must’ve cut my hair because they thought that it was a look that best for me and they gave it to me for a reason so I am just going to take the look they gave me and run with it.
When you were shown being upset over your makeover, was that a momentary thing? It appeared like they wanted to get a reaction out of you and then when you reacted, they used that as reason to eliminate you.
It depends on who you are, if your hair means nothing to you and you go and get it cut one day and love it, that’s fine and that’s you… when I go to the salon I get the same thing done, I get it washed blow dried and flat ironed… if it was up to me I would never walk into a salon and say, “cut my hair,” I would never do that. I have been going to the same beautician and I would never hand her a picture and say cut my hair this short, if I did she would say, “stop playing.” [However,] I am not the type of person who is going to complain every single time they touch my hair… “OK, stop cutting my hair… don’t perm my hair… don’t color my hair… you’re messing up my hair.” They permed and colored my hair twice and damaged my hair horribly and I didn’t say anything about them doing that. If I did not want it cut at all I would have said, “I don’t want to be here, eliminate me before you even cut my hair.” They showed me what they were going to do to my hair before they did it… I said nothing I chose to sit in the chair and have them cut my hair. I am not going to let [them] try to blame me, like I said there was a reason for them doing it… to try an better me in the modeling industry so I had to accept that.
Do you think that your elimination was fair in terms of the reasoning and your performance? If someone had to be eliminated were you the right person?
No… yeah, I was upset that I got my hair cut, it was difficult for me to get it cut but to me there were other people there who I felt maybe deserved to get cut more than me. but like I said they have their reason for it and it had to be a pretty good reason.
What is your plan when it comes to modeling?
[I]Wherever doors open to me is where I will go. I am going to pursue every opportunity that I can, I am going to make my portfolio and present it to different people… I am going to exhaust [all options] until there are no more and once I do that if it does not work out for me I have a degree in health and I will become a health teacher.
Where did you go to school?
It’s a historically black college, Prairie View A&M University about forty minutes outside of Houston. (Aren’t they known for their band or something?) Yes this weekend is the Grambling and Prairie View game, it’s the biggest game of the year and it is called the Battle of the Bands because they are supposedly the best bands in the nation and when they go head to head it’s a really big deal. (Is it one of those situations where more people are there for the band than the game?) I go for the football game, but yeah some people don’t even come until the second quarter when the band is about to come out.
How did you like living in Los Angeles and the Top Model house?
I love LA, it was very beautiful and I loved the people. Our house was very, very beautiful… the view that we had with the big opened window, we all just enjoyed waking up in the morning and looking out the window. (What did you do to keep yourself busy in the house?) There really wasn’t much to do, we would try to create things to do, play on the runway… and act goofy and have our own runway shows with commentators and then with our big open window… we would look at the people when they walked by… and the little puppies and things like that, we would find ways to enjoy each others company.
My favorite experience was the runway… being able to present Diane von Furstenberg’s clothes was a very good experience. She’s very, very very sweet… it was just a good experience for me. I really did not like the first photo shoot at all, with the first photo shoot there were two different views between what the photographer wanted and what we were told. When Tyra and Jay were explaining it, the message that I got was to be empowered – you’re not that worried anymore, you are [overcoming] that word, so be strong, show what you are now. So I had the mentality that I am going to show that this is not what defines who I am now. and then when I get on set, the photographer is like, “show that you’re sad, show that you’re emotional and that the word hurts you… go back to that moment when the kids were making fun of you.” I got confused and I am trying but I am confused because I wanted to be empowered because I am not that word anymore, I am something new. It was confusing and when the judges are looking at it and they’re confused… that whole photo shoot… I did not like at all.
What does your bully word mean?
My bully word was soup cooler which basically means that I had big lips… it was more of the guys than the girls and when I was coming up I stayed away from guys… I worried about myself and doing well in school and playing sports. It wasn’t comfortable and I was not comfortable with them at all… I was looking at my lips and not in a good way… I tried to hide my lips or cover them up and even today sometimes I do that because I don’t like the attention they get because I don’t want to be looked at for my lips, I want to be looked at for my personality… that’s why it was harder for me. I accept them, they are a part of me, I just don’t try to make them standout more that they already do, like I don’t wear colored lipstick, I just do something nude… I accept them because they are a part of me but I don’t accentuate them.
Who were your closest friends in the house?
My sister of course, and Kendal, I got along with Kendal very, very well because we are around the same age and we have a lot of things in common. I pretty much talked to everyone, there were some people that were standoffish or didn’t talk that much, I wasn’t there that long but I got along with all the people who were there but Kendal was the one that I got along with the most
Now that you are out of the competition, who are you rooting for to win?
My sister of course… and I really like Rhianna and Kendal. Rhianna has this kind of face, I don’t know how to describe it… she just has this little doll face, I just love how her face is. I like Kendal’s structure and she knows her body.
What few words pop in your mind about…
Jay Manuel – He’s an opinionated person… very opinionated.
Jay Alexander – He’s hilarious to me… He’s like my sister and I can just sit back and laugh at him all day, anything he says is guaranteed to be funny.
Andre Leon Talley – I did not get a chance to experience him either, just don’t wear anything unfashionalble around him because his comments are the truth.
Nigel – I just met him that one time so I can’t really comment on him. He is just as cute in person as he is on TV.
Tyra – Very energetic and vserious about everything she does. How we see her is how we see her every day.
Diane von Furstenberg – She is the sweetest thing I have ever met in my life, I would not mind working with her again. She is not over the top, she knows what she likes, she says what she likes… she’s just sweet – I don’t know much about her, but I love her already.
Cynthia Rowley – She’s sweet too and she’s so little, she’s itty-bitty especially around all of us models. She was just talking like she was a normal person… and we were just having a picnic.
Not counting Cycle 15, what is your favorite ANTM cycle?
I did watch Top Model before and I really liked all the cycles, but I really liked the short cycle because it [demonstrated] that not all models are the same across the board, it shows that you can be short and make it in the industry. It was a good message to me… that not all models have to be tall, skinny they can be short and still be able to work it.
Not counting any of the Cycle 15 cast, who are your favorite ANTM competitors?
I liked Eva because she grew from the person that she was when started on the show… not knowing who she is and look at her now… and being very humble about it though. I also really liked Krista, she never changed. [Even though she got eliminated early, I like Courtney from the short cycle], she had a cast on her foot and she still worked it.
Are you on Facebook, Twitter or some other social network / blog? Do you have a Model Mayhem page?
I was on Facebook but I deleted it, I will probably get back on that and other social networks when things die down. I was on Model Mayhem until the show and I have not gotten back on yet.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans?
I appreciate everyone watching and continue watching my sister and this is not the end of me, you will see me in magazines or television because I am going to be somewhere, I am not going to stop.
October 4, 2010
In September of 2010, Reality News Online interviewed Cycle 15‘s Terra White following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Phil Kural):
“I’m Going to Do Me!” – Reality News Online’s Exclusive Interview With America’s Next Top Model 15’s Terra
Terra was the second girl sent packing this cycle of America’s Next Top Model not after a photo shoot, but after the judges felt that she just wasn’t taking her new look to the next level after her extreme makeover. What are her thoughts on the early exit? Find out here!
I figured that since Terra and Chris were going into this whole thing together as sisters that there was no way that both of them wouldn’t make it to at least the final seven or so. I was shocked that Terra was sent home so early, and not only that, but right after her makeover. I had a chance to chat with her about her time on the show, and here is what she had to say!
RealityNewsOnline: Hey, Terra! Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to chat with me today. How much of previous seasons of the show had you watched, and why did you decide to apply?
Terra: I saw a majority of them, although I did miss some episodes along the way. It was easy for me to apply, though, since my family always thought that I should try out and they encouraged me to do it all the time. I actually applied three other times and didn’t make it very far. This time just worked out for me. As for my sister, this was the first time she applied, and it was with me. She was always doing other things and wasn’t old enough to apply.
RNO: Going into the auditions with your sister, did you feel you were going easy on her at all, or did you feel you were being as competitive as possible?
Terra: I really wasn’t all that worried about it. What you saw was me being worried about myself, not even really worried about her. I mean, if Chris needed advice, I would give it to her, and she would do the same for me, but there was never a point that I was focused more on her than myself.
RNO: It felt like after you had landed in the bottom two after the first photo shoot that you had given up. Was that the case or did you feel like you were still giving it 100%?
Terra: Oh, I had said on the show that it would be the last time I would be called last! After that first shoot I was in the mindset that I was never again going to be in the bottom two. I never gave up. That makeover was a bit of a shock for me, but even then I didn’t throw in the towel – after all, I did it!
RNO: Was there any truth behind what Jay Manuel said when you were eliminated, that you didn’t look like you believed that you should be there?
Terra: No, I really wasn’t paying attention to all that. The whole time they were cutting my hair, he was talking to me, telling me about how they were doing it for a reason, and not for anything. So that was in my head – that I was going to the next level with that look. Then they eliminate me. Made no sense.
RNO: Your comment after being eliminated was something along the lines of you wish they had eliminated you before giving you a makeover. Did you ever feel like the judges knew it would be you sent home or do you think it was a fair playing field?
Terra: I really can’t say what the deal or the situation was. I felt like there was no reason for me to go home when I did. You saw it, and even Jay said that I was getting better as he was asking me questions. I’ve come to the conclusion that I will never fully know the reasoning behind my elimination.
RNO: Looking back, do you think that had you changed your attitude about your makeover, that you would remained in the competition?
Terra: No, if I was upset I’d just say something. I mean, I’m African American, and you don’t understand that it takes many long hours to simply change a hairstyle when you are this way. It’s hard to change your attitude when you have to sit in a chair for so long. It’s even harder when you don’t fully understand why you were eliminated.
RNO: Going into the competition, from the very first audition, what did you feel would be your biggest strength?
Terra: My walk. I love runway, and that is where my strength is. I’m outgoing, and I didn’t hold back anything the entire time I was there. I knew that photos would be a struggle for me, but I was hoping my walk would help me at least carve my way until my photos improved.
RNO: What would you say was the thing you most unexpected from being on the show?
Terra: You know, the cameras. You expect it and know they will be there, but I don’t think I prepared myself enough. It was much more than I expected, and it was definitely overwhelming. I’m a private person to begin with, so it’s rough knowing that everything you are doing is being captured and may be put on TV. I definitely wasn’t prepared for that.
RNO: Now, I have to ask you, only since Anamaria cancelled all her interviews. Was she really as negative and nasty as they showed her, or did we get a very good piece of editing of her?
Terra: She’s really not as negative as they showed her. The thing about Anamaria is that she has this New York City thing going on and people just take her the wrong way. I’d say editing definitely had a part in the way she was portrayed. She said what she said, but some of it was taken out of context; she’s a really sweet girl.
RNO: The judges this cycle are all about high fashion. From what you’ve observed, were you shocked that some of the girls made it to the house from a high-fashion standpoint?
Terra: I know that some of the girls made it into the house and I had no clue what the judges were thinking, but then you have to realize that there is something that the judges and Tyra see in them that maybe I just don’t. After the makeovers were finished on some of the girls, I totally got what the judges saw, and that’s when a light bulb goes off, but it’s not my decision who gets in so I think they did a good job.
RNO: Not being eliminated due to a true photo shoot must have been very frustrating. Do you feel had you been given another chance with the next shoot that you could have redeemed yourself?
Terra: That was a definite. After I figured out what I was doing wrong, I felt like I was really coming into my own. I wasn’t a photo type of person; I knew that going in. I had to learn angles and facial structure, and I felt like I was doing that. I was in the mirror the whole time working to make things look better, and I didn’t even get a chance to show that I was growing. That was the most frustrating part of all.
RNO: What are your plans from here? Is modeling still something you plan on trying to do?
Terra:I’d really like to just do everything that I’m given a chance to do. I’m going to take every opportunity that comes my way and hope that it will take me to the top. If it doesn’t, I do have a degree in health that I can fall back on, and I’d love to teach somewhere down the line.
RNO: Where do you see yourself a year from now?
Terra: A year from now I’d like to see myself proving everyone wrong. I’d love to be in a few magazines and walking some runways. I want to show that I really can make it in the industry.
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to fans of the show?
Terra: I’m just going to say that you better keep looking out for me and hopefully this isn’t the last time that you hear from me. I’m going to do me, that’s for sure!
RNO: Thanks, Terra!
October 3, 2010
Exclusive Interview with Top Model Terra on Her Surprise EliminationWe had a few minutes to chat with America’s Next Top Model contestant Terra, who was one of the two models sent home last night in a surprise post-makeover elimination. Jay and J. took issue with both her posing and her haircut complaints. Read on to find out why she disagreed with the decision, how the show has affected her relationship with her sister Chris, and what she’s up to these days.
After your surprise elimination at the beginning of the episode, you seemed pretty upset that they cut your hair right before sending you home. Did you feel like this was a little sketchy on their part?
I just don’t think it was the right decision. They didn’t even give me a chance to do something with it. To me that’s just not right.
Were you surprised when they called your name?
A little bit…but then again, I wasn’t expecting anybody to be cut after a makeover. I feel like everybody should have a chance to do something with their makeover. I just didn’t feel like anyone should be cut.
What made you so emotional during the bullying photo shoot?
When Tyra was talking to us, it was about being empowered, and you’re preparing yourself to be empowered. When I got onset, the photographer was like, “Go back to that time when you were bullied.” So, it was going downward. And not having the help from Mr. Jay that I needed. You don’t really want to relive the moment because it was sad.
Were you and your sister Chris at all concerned that being on the show together might affect your relationship in a negative way?
No, it actually brought us together. It made us closer actually. I mean, you’re always going to have your family.
Were you impressed with the other girls on the show?
Not impressed with everybody, but once makeovers happened, people blossomed.
What was it like interacting with Tyra?
She was very energetic person. She always made us want to have energy and get excited about everything.
What’s something surprising about being on the show that viewers might not see?
You pretty much see everything from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep. The only thing I can think of is there were times not on camera when the J’s came over. There were times they’d come talk with us and have conversations with us…they’re real people.
What are you up to now?
Right now, I’m just working and trying to wait for the modeling thing to take over. I want to pursue modeling. But I do have a back-up plan. I have a degree in health, and I would be a health teacher.