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Exclusive: Bianca Golden discusses 'America's Next Top Model'


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/28/2011 

Bianca Golden became the sixth girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model's all-stars edition's seventh episode during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.

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On Friday, the 22-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's ninth season, talked to Reality TV World about her America's Next Top Model experience -- including whether she was surprised to be eliminated, why she wasn't sad about leaving the competition, whether she was satisfied with how she had defended herself during panel after refusing to sell her perfume from within a bathtub, what her response was to Jay Manuel implying she hadn't been performing like a model all season long, and why she seemed to always be the center of drama in the house.

Reality TV World: Were you surprised to be eliminated or did you somewhat see it coming beforehand?

Bianca Golden: I was more relieved just to be able to go home, so I'm not so sure if I was surprised or not. I was just relieved.

Reality TV World: This week happened to be the first time you had ever been in the bottom two during this all-stars competition, so did you find it strange that you were eliminated especially since contestants like Alexandria Everett, Lisa D'Amato and Angelea Preston had been in the bottom two a couple if not several times? Did you think that was unfair and that you should have gotten another shot?

Bianca Golden: The facts of the facts are that people are going to point things like that out. It just seemed like it was just my time to go, you know? Whatever they want their way, the judges are going to have their way regardless of the facts, so. It was just my time to go, I guess.

Reality TV World: For most of the past episodes, you have been called out in the middle of the pack when Tyra Banks hands out the best photo to the worst of the week. Do you think just remaining in the middle of the pack is a disadvantage in that maybe you weren't the best but you also weren't at the bottom where you'd have a chance to drastically improve? For example, it seems like Angelea has been edited as the underdog and gets extra praise when she does well in the challenges.

Bianca Golden: I don't really know how to answer that. I don't know, everyone just goes there and tries to do their best. I'm sorry, I'm having a really serious brain fart right now. I think that the show is made out to do what exactly the show wants to do.

So, we have no control over it. We don't pick our pictures. We don't see our pictures. They can edit us at the end of the day how they want. We have no control over the show at all. So, I don't know.

Reality TV World: You seemed so excited to speak your mind and stand up for yourself at panel over your decision to not get into the bathtub at the fragrance launch party. You felt you had good reasoning behind your actions, so how would you say that situation in panel played out? Were you disappointed you didn't have more time to defend yourself and say everything that was on your mind or did more go down that viewers didn't get to see?

Bianca Golden: I think that I've been saying it over and over that I was going to speak up at panel and say what I wanted, but the judges were already ticked off that I was ready to come in and defend myself. And there's cameras everywhere, so they're very aware of what I'm going to say when I get there.

So, I mean, regardless of whether I had a concrete case, it's a television show. Everything's produced. Everything's taped. I don't know. There's nothing I could have done. Regardless of whether I was 100% percent right, they were ready for me.

Reality TV World: After you heard what the judges had to say about your decision to avoid the tub at the fragrance party, did you regret not doing it at all, especially after hearing Tyra say that she would have done it and tried to win or are you happy that you stuck to your guns?

Bianca Golden: I'm happy that I stuck to my guns, because I wouldn't do it any other way -- any other way at all. I'd still love to see Tyra get inside a tub and sell her perfume. I'm sure she actually would, now that I think about it. It wasn't right for my brand. That actually fits her brand. It just doesn't fit mine.

Reality TV World: Do you think your behavior at the fragrance launch party was the main reason why the judges chose to eliminate you or do you think it had more to do with your photo or other factors in the competition?

Bianca Golden: No, I didn't really have any bad behavior at the party. I think that they were just unhappy that I didn't apologize for it, like I was unapologetic and I wouldn't change my mind about it. I think I spoke up a little too much for them.

Reality TV World: Were you shocked when the judges told you that you were uncoachable? Why do you think they got that impression of you and did it upset you? Because as I recall, viewers haven't seen you rebel against the judges' instruction much except for the refusal to get into the bathtub at the launch party.

Bianca Golden: Yeah, exactly. I think that they -- there's a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes, but when they're ready for you to go, they're ready for you to go. They'll find any reason, honestly, to get you out.

That was my reason, because if anything, [Shannon Stewart]'s uncoachable because she doesn't do a lot of things that they ask of her. But I was the only one titled or labeled "uncoachable." So, it was just a matter of getting me out of there.

Reality TV World: Were you surprised that Shannon was saved instead of you and what were your thoughts on how the judges decided to let her stay in the competition over Kayla?

Bianca Golden: I honestly, I was just so ready to go home -- just so much politics. I didn't think about it twice. I didn't cry. I wasn't upset. I was just ready to go. It's just -- it wasn't for me. I was ready to go home.

Reality TV World: The drama in the episode two weeks ago was very intense between you and many of the other girls, including Lisa and Shannon especially. Viewers saw very little about how that whole thing actually got started, so could you elaborate a little bit on what happened there? What sparked the arguing and why did you get so upset?

Bianca Golden: Well you know, we're all from different backgrounds. We grew up differently. Lisa comes from a place where it's okay to put your nose in other people's business and I'm just not familiar with that style of behavior at all.

So, when Shannon and I were talking and she started crying and Lisa jumped in, that was just like the last straw for me with Lisa -- because she's done it a couple times. So, it was more so just people dealing with different cultures -- dealing with each other from different cultures.

Reality TV World: What were your general thoughts about Shannon and Lisa and their potential as models and if you ever reconciled with them -- which it seems like from watching the show you guys had moved past your issues -- how did all of that play out?

Bianca Golden: Well, what happens when you're living with a bunch of girls and we did end up reconciling. I didn't have any problems with anyone. I didn't have any problems with anyone the day that I left -- weeks up to that I didn't have any problems -- but they edited it as if I did have problems with the girls and we reconciled.

You just talk. You're with these people 24-7. You end up saying, "Hey, can I have some jelly? Can I have a cup?" Things like that just happen and you move past it.

Reality TV World: So was that the same situation with Alexandria then? Because it seemed like you guys got along just fine right up until this week's episode.

Bianca Golden: Yeah, [Isis King] was still in the house when that happened. It's just bad editing. They couldn't make me just leave. They wanted to make it seem as if I was the biggest villain in the house too. So, that's just editing. It's reality TV.

Reality TV World: Maybe this was also just the editing, but it seemed like throughout the season you had expected to win or at least make it to the end? Would you say that's accurate?

Bianca Golden: Yeah, no. Nobody goes in there and expects to get kicked out -- second or third or anything like that. I thought I would make it overseas at least, but it didn't work out that way for me!

Reality TV World: It seemed like many of the other girls thought you were "full of yourself" and assumed you were better than everyone else. For example, Dominique Reighard said she thought you entered the competition thinking you were the best and it was "ignorant." What's your response to that and what the other girls have said about you during the season that you weren't aware of while you were on the show?

Bianca Golden: No, I am better than Dominique. She's a stay-at-home mom and she should've stayed there. Stuff kind of like that is just so stupid to me, you know? I think it was a big intimidation factor. The girls were intimidated by me before I even said anything. They just wanted me gone.

No one took -- no one's afraid of [Bre Scullark] because Bre has commercial value, she's working, but then they look at her like, "Oh, she's only 5'8" -- so what. "She's not going to be a model-model." Even Shannon, Shannon is too boring, so they won't give her any hell. But me, I'm the complete package, so they're going to get all over me really fast because they just want me gone.

Reality TV World: When you realized your pickle idea wasn't really working during the Snooki phoot shoot on the motorcycle, what was your reaction? Were you frustrated because you thought it was such a good creative idea? Were you maybe even a little embarrassed because Jay Manuel and the photographer kept saying it looked pornographic and such?

Bianca Golden: Nah, I brought the pickles in only because I watch the show. I'm very aware of Snooki's love of pickles. So I thought it would be cute and funny. I mean it was funny, like Jay walked in and laughed. But I told him, "If it doesn't work, we'll toss it." He said it didn't work, so we tossed it. So, that was it. They made the pickle thing more than it was, but I guess it was a bit of a drama starter.

Reality TV World: During the Express photo shoot towards the beginning of the season, you told Jay Manuel, "Out of all these girls here, I'm the model." After spending more time with the girls and observing their performances, would you still say that or have you changed your mind?

Bianca Golden: No, I still say that... I just felt like besides myself and maybe Bre and Shannon, the rest of the girls there are reality television stars. That's that. No one else was signed -- just me, Shannon and Bre. No one else was signed.

Reality TV World: When you told Jay Manuel you were the model out of all the girls on the show, he later said that you "just missed the model book because he hasn't seen 'model' this whole competition." When you watched the show, what was your reaction to that? Were you shocked and did that anger or upset you?

Bianca Golden: Well, Jay said he hasn't seen model out of me and I haven't seen much out of Jay either.  I thought he was a makeup artist.


(Photo credit The CW)


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