Exclusive: Alexandria Everett talks about 'America's Next Top Model'
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/07/2011
Alexandria Everett became the eighth girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model all-stars edition's eighth episode during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.
On Thursday, the 22-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's sixteenth season, talked to Reality TV World about her America's Next Top Model experience -- including whether her elimination came as a big surprise to her, why she felt it was unfair to be ousted from a modeling competition based on her performance in a music video, and what "inconsistencies" she pointed out in the show's all-stars edition.
Below is the first portion of our exclusive interview with Alexandria. Check back with Reality TV World on Tuesday for the second half.
Reality TV World: Were you shocked to be eliminated or did you somewhat see it coming beforehand?
Alexandria Everett: You know, I feel like everybody really -- you never know. (Laughs) You never know. It's all up in the air. At the same time, it's a competition, so it's not really a shock because you should always be expecting I guess you could say.
It's not always a bad thing because I think everything happens when it's supposed to happen and it happens for a reason. So, it's all good. You have to roll with the punches. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Did you think it was unfair to be eliminated over a music video challenge when the Top Model competition isn't about becoming the next big singer or recording artist? Did that make your ouster more disappointing for you?
Alexandria Everett: That's a very good question. I feel like that's the first time someone's actually asked that question. (Laughs) So, it's definitely a good one. Yes and no. I feel like some of us definitely want to maybe go in that direction one day, but at the same time, why now and why for America's Next Top Model? Why does it have to be their way and their artistic idea and their play on it?
So, I had fun with it. I didn't really take it too seriously. At the same time, that's why I think I wasn't that shocked. I don't want to say I didn't care, but seriously like I didn't take it too seriously. They stuck me in a little dress and high shoes and wanted me to get out of a little tiny vintage Porsche and what, dance on a hood or dance around and sing my song?
I'm sorry, but if I ever do music and I take it seriously -- because I did of course take it seriously, don't get me wrong, and I made the best out of the opportunity -- but I'll have full control and I'll be able to do it with writers that I like. [Tom Polce] actually did an amazing job on our songs, I'm not going to lie.
He's an amazing writer and he definitely had an artistic idea and everything like that, but I feel like some of our songs weren't completely us and true to our brand if you get what I'm saying, because we didn't get to -- we had 20 minutes to create a song off of a piece of music that was made to be filled with lyrics.
We didn't get to create the music with a guitar or piano or drums or something that we wanted to do. We had to go off of what Tom made -- which was awesome and we definitely worked it and all made amazing songs with what we had to work with -- don't get me wrong, because they're all really catchy and they're great, but yeah.
It's not a singing competition and why at that particular moment did we need to turn into that? And then what? After I get eliminated, who knows what's going to happen in the weeks to come. Is it just going to be modeling? That would be great for someone that's just a model! But if I do ever want to do music one day, who knows what it will look like and how many people will like it.
At that particular moment, yeah, that music video didn't turn out too hot. Let's just say that, but (laughs) at the same time, who puts a six-foot-six girl on Gucci six-inch heels and in a dress and wants to make her look sexy on a miniature car that looks super tiny next to her and sing her song? Like, come on. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: During the filming of your music video, viewers saw footage of the rapper Game telling Jay Manuel he "didn't have time to oil up the tin man" while you were performing and Jay started laughing. What was your reaction when you saw that? Did that hurt your feelings because it kind of came across like they were making fun of you a little bit.
Alexandria Everett: Yeah, well I didn't really even see that, so it didn't really hurt my feelings. (Laughs) I don't know, that's cool. I wish they could have maybe said it a little bit louder so I could have heard it.
Reality TV World: So, you didn't watch Wednesday night's episode?
Alexandria Everett: No I did, but I'm saying that when it actually happened, I didn't see that. So, it didn't really affect me at all. I felt awkward with a little car and then this camera was set really, really low -- like set to the car -- so I felt like I kind of had to bend down to even get in the frame.
It just -- when I was standing there, I didn't feel defeated, but I felt like, "Shoot. Am I doing something wrong? I should be having fun right now and having an amazing time seeing the song that I just made put to the music that Tom made."
It was all like, "Okay, I kind of have to play along with this a little bit," you know? I didn't want to feel like that. I wanted to sing my song and have fun, and I felt like I was standing next to a miniature car and yeah. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: A couple weeks ago when you girls posed with Coco Rocha for the bar fight photo shoot, Tyra Banks ended up telling you that you looked like a reality TV star trying to do a photo shoot with a supermodel. You clearly took that feedback pretty hard and then the following week, you admitted you found it strange that they asked you girls to pose as Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi or NeNe Leakes -- images that contradicted Tyra's prior critique of you. So can you elaborate on that inconsistency and what your thoughts were about that?
Alexandria Everett: Well, I find it funny and strange, you know? They want us to go along in this competition and kind of go along with that inconsistency -- exactly that word you just said -- with what they're trying to do. My question is what consistency do you have? What's the consistency of this modeling competition or this all-star competition?
Where are the grounds? Where are the rules? Because clearly, there kind of are none and it's kind of like -- of course we're all-stars and we're supposed to have a little acting and singing and this and that -- we can all do that.
But being thrown all over those things at random -- kind of like being thrown into a lottery ticket tumbler, where you're picking out bingo balls, I don't know -- but it's kind of inconsistent when we're supposed to be consistent models and then we're being thrown like the reality star shoot and then being a model with a supermodel and then being a singer and doing this and doing that.
It's kind of like going up and down, up and down on a heart-rate scale, I guess I should say. It's frustrating at times. At the same time, it's fun, but it's kind of bizarre I would say.
Like my comment with the whole photo shoot with the Snooki and NeNe Leakes and then the one [where I was told I looked like] a reality star with Coco, I was confused. And then being put into a music twist, it was all very -- I would say I'm just kind of at a loss for words.