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Lisa Ramos blames 'Top Model' elimination on apathetic appearance

By Christopher Rocchio, 09/11/2009 

Lisa Ramos feels it was a personality problem that ultimately led to her America's Next Top Model ouster.

"I honestly feel like I just did not let my personality shine through," Ramos told Reality TV World during a Thursday conference call.

"I'm pretty much laid back, and I may seem apathetic and maybe the judges thought that was my downfall -- that I didn't want to be there.  But I did want to be there and I guess I just had to show it more."

The 19-year-old student from Queens, NY became the first girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model's thirteenth season during Wednesday night's premiere broadcast of The CW reality series.

Despite her quick exit, Ramos actually made it farther than she initially thought -- as she replaced original finalist Amber, who was forced to quit the competition before it even began due to "personal issues."

"I got invited to casting week, which is in L.A.. At casting week I got eliminated -- I made it to the Final 20 and got eliminated before the Final 14," Ramos told Reality TV World.  "Amber was having personal problems, so she couldn't make it.  So they gave me a call and I packed up and left in 24 hours."

Ramos added she was "extremely excited" to receive a second chance.

"I was just in school, so I was just going to finish up the semester and pursue modeling in the summer," she told Reality TV World.  "But it turns out they called me so, that's what I did this summer."

While she was thrilled to replace Amber, Ramos acknowledged that knowing she wasn't an original finalist did play some tricks on her mind.

"I knew that I obviously wasn't the original pick because if Amber hadn't had personal problems than I wouldn't have been there," she told reporters. 

"It was definitely intimidating to know that I was the underdog and the wild card.  I knew the other girls were thinking, 'Why is she here?  She's not supposed to be here.' I guess that kind of was my downfall.  But I tried and I had fun.  I'm not complaining about the experience."

During the thirteenth season's first photo shoot, each finalist did an editorial interpretation of one of their memorable childhood photos.  Ramos was dressed in clown clothing and found it difficult to pull off the poses and facial expressions that were expected of her.

"I tried a bunch of different facial expressions.  The photographer kept asking me to play the sad clown, a happy clown, an angry clown," she explained, adding it was disappointing that the judges chose a picture of her frowning. 

"I just experimented, and I guess it's just the photo they wound up choosing, and that was it."

Ramos is currently studying health science and has modeling experience -- both of which she plans to pursue now that her Top Model journey is over.

"I'm going to continue to go to school, but I'm also going to continue to model," she said.  "I'm going to try my best to get signed.  I'm going to go into agencies and just hustle and do my thing and try to get work and excel."

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