In September of 2010, TV Guide interviewed Cycle 15‘s Sara Blackamore following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Greg David):

Que Sera Sara

What is Sara Blackamore’s advice for budding models who want to get a leg up in the industry? Don’t go on America’s Next Top Model. Though the mother to a young son appreciates the experience she got from Tyra et. al., she thinks the best route to runway success is through agencies.

Here’s what the California girl had to say about the male models, leaving her son behind and how her eyebrows caused a fight between the two Jays. Emotions always run high at elimination. Do you regret saying that you wasted your time by being there for two months and leaving your son behind? Did you still feel that way a couple of days later?
Sara Blackamore: No, definitely not. It was the emotions at the time. I definitely think it was worth it. Right after I said it, when I went home, I knew I didn’t feel the same way. I’m sure that everyone understands that I have this baby that I love.

TVG: Did you have any hesitation about being on the show in the first place, and leaving him behind?
SB: Yeah. When I first tried out, I didn’t think about making it into the house and leaving him. So, once I did find out that I’d made it, I was really worried. But my boyfriend was 100 per cent supportive of me going on the show and he constantly told me that everything was going to be OK.

TVG: I spoke to Terra (White) about her makeover, which she didn’t like. What about you? You seemed to like yours.
SB: When I first got it, I really liked it. But then when I watched the show, I thought the makeover was absolutely horrid. I haven’t kept it.

TVG: Did you darken your eyebrows?
SB: I did. I actually dyed my hair darker, and I want to keep it dark. I dyed my eyebrows darker, and I’m going to grow my hair out again.

TVG: What’s your opinion on the eyebrow bleaching? I don’t understand it.
SB: I really have no idea. When they told me they were dying my eyebrows, I thought they meant darker. And then they told me they were bleaching them. Then after they did that, the Jays got in this huge fight about how that didn’t work and how it was a one-picture or one-runway thing. I think, from the get-go, they didn’t like it but they kept it. When I went home and would walk around, people would look at me like, “What’s wrong with this girl?”

TVG: How painful was the harness that you had to wear in the angel photo shoot?
SB: It was pretty bad, but I think it was worse for Liz. She had bruises and welts afterwards. We were harnessed in the runway shoot and that was pretty bad, too.

TVG: It must be hard to make a connection with the male models when you’re up in the air like that.
SB: It looked like we were talking to the male models a lot, but we were in hair and makeup, so it’s not like we connected with them. They were cocky as heck, so it’s not like we could connect with them.

TVG: Cocky? What else did you not like about them?
SB: My model was the worst. I trusted his opinion because he has a lot more experience than me, and before the shoot I told him what our word was. I asked him what we should do for the look and he told me not to worry about it because the photographer would tell us what to do. He screwed it up for me. That was a bummer.

TVG: What have you learned about the industry from ANTM?
SB: I learned that modelling is a lot harder than it looks, and it’s a lot more than just taking pictures.

TVG: What would you say to a girl that wanted to sign up for ANTM?
SB: Go to agencies instead.

TVG: Really?
SB: Don’t get me wrong, I am so thankful for the show. It has opened so many doors for me. But you have to realize its reality TV too. I wouldn’t have left my son if I had known that. For some stupid reason, I thought it was all about modelling. I think if there are girls that really, really want to model, agencies are the way to go.

To learn more about Cycle 15‘s Sara Blackamore, visit her bio page here.

Source: TV Guide
Source: The CWKeith Major