In October of 2010, BuddyTV interviewed Cycle 15‘s Kacey Leggett following her elimination and appearance on the show. Here is the text from the interview (written and posted by Meghan Carlson):

Exclusive Interview with Kaceyof ‘Top Model’ Cycle 15: I Thought My Challenge Wins Would Save Me

It’s unusual for Tyra and her judges to send home the defending challenge champion on America’s Next Top Model, but, unfortunately for Kacey, the 20-year-old dance teacher from Palmdale, CA, they made an exception last night. AfterKacey had wowed the crowd at the Covergirl challenge but failed to connect in her photo shoot with Patrick Demarchelier, she was the sixth girl eliminated from the competition–whileAnn, who bombed the challenge but aced the shoot, got her fifth consecutive win.

I had the chance to chat with Kacey today about her time on Top Model, including the drama surrounding her in the house, why she was so devastated to get eliminated, and who she thinks should be crowned America’s Next Top Model and cover Italian VogueHere’s what she had to say:

Congratulations on making it on this cycle, and making it as far as you did. How are you feeling?

I’m feeling good. I know I have so much more to come. So I’m feeling good.

I’m glad to hear that. We saw you take the elimination pretty hard, so now that you’ve had some time, are you feeling a little bit better about it?

Yeah, because I was so devastated, you have no idea. So hard. So hard.

Were you surprised? Was that an element of it?

Oh my gosh, I was so surprised. I know my photo shoot, it definitely wasn’t my best one. But just considering the fact that I had won the challenges, especially that Covergirl challenge, I definitely thought that was going to save me and be a cushion to fall on. So to know that it just didn’t even matter, really, that I won, it was surprising and shocking.

Right. You won this week’s challenge, and the week before. Was that frustrating to be doing so well in the challenges but not get that positive feedback in the photo shoots?

Yeah, exactly. I didn’t understand it. I know I fell flat or came up short in that last photo shoot, but as a whole, I don’t think that was the right time for me to go. I definitely think that winning challenges should have some value to it. What’s the point of winning if it doesn’t matter? And I really thought it did matter. But … nope!

There hasn’t been too much drama this season, but the drama we have seen has revolved around you. Can you give me any insight, from your perspective, as to what was going on in the house?

In the very beginning, right after we moved into the house, I ended up getting sick, so there was a lot of bonding that I missed. I was in bed for maybe three days, and I missed a lot of bonding. And another thing I can think of is, I was content and cool with not having a companion. I’m an independent person, I don’t need somebody to accompany me all the time. So that might have rubbed them the wrong way also. So those are the only reasons I can think of that they didn’t like me. Because I really don’t see a real, true reason on why I was disliked, or the hatred I was getting. It was just something deeper. I don’t know.

It was hard to tell on TV where it all started, so it’s interesting that you don’t really know, either.

It’s also just a sort of copy and paste thing. Once one girl feels so strongly, they all sort of gang up. It’s easy to gang up on somebody. If I was on the other side, I probably would have done it, too. You never know.

What’s it like watching those conflicts on TV?

It’s a little frustrating, because since I was there, I know how everything went down, verbatim, so for America to get bits and pieces of it, that’s frustrating. I just wish they saw everything and how it went down from before the fight to after the fight.

What is your take on Ann’s monopoly on the best photos this season?

She deserves it. I mean, if she’s producing the best photos, then heck yeah, she deserves it. But also, I’ll be honest and say, part of me does believe that she is getting best photo half because she’s producing the best pictures, and half because they’re trying to put some confidence in her. That girl, she really doesn’t know what she has. She’s such a good model, effortlessly, but she’s so down on herself that I think they’re trying to instill some confidence in her, like, “Girl, you have it.” 

Did you see her blossoming in the confidence area at all?

Yeah. That’s just her personality, too. She’s not the type to brag or boast, but yeah, it should definitely boost her confidence. You’re getting the best out of the best every single week. It’s like, “Girl, you better recognize!” You know? So I think she was improving in that area.

If you were to choose who was going to win, who would you choose? Now that you’re out of the competition, I mean.

Yeah, I was going to say myself! [Laughs] No, I would choose Jane. She has it in the bag, and she doesn’t know it yet, either. If she was on Italian Vogue already, I’d be like, “Of course.” She just looks like working models today. She has it in the bag. I’m rooting for her.

You were paired with her during the Patrick Demarchelier shoot last night and said you were intimidated.

Yeah, because she’s just effortlessly beautiful.

What did you learn from this whole experience?

I learned a lot on the modeling aspect of it, just working with people and how things go behind the scenes. It’s time consuming, and I learned a lot of details on that side. I also learned to not be afraid to stand alone. That’s probably the biggest thing that I learned. If you’re riding solo, ride solo and be strong.

Are you going to keep modeling in the future?

Of course, I’ve got to model! It’s natural for me, it’s what I want to do. So of course, of course, of course, I’m going to model. I’m fortunate to be in the LA area, where a lot of it goes down, so I’m going to take advantage of that.

To learn more about Cycle 15‘s Kacey Leggett, visit her bio page here.

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