Stacy-Ann Fequiere 'completely devastated' by 'Top Model' ouster
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/18/2008
Stacy-Ann Fequiere packed her bags and headed to the airport with her fellow America's Next Top Model tenth-season finalists -- and while they all got to travel to Rome, Fequiere was instead shipped home.
"I was completely devastated. I couldn't believe what was happening," she told reporters during a Thursday conference call. "I packed to go overseas, and then at the airport, I got eliminated."
The 22-year-old student from Miami, FL became the seventh girl eliminated from Top Model's tenth season during Wednesday night's broadcast of The CW reality series -- an ouster that she labeled as unfair, and understandably so.
Fatima, a 22-year-old student from Boston, MA, missed the most recent Top Model photo shoot because she had an appointment at New York City's consulate to secure travel documents she needed if she wanted to travel abroad with the show since she's not a U.S. citizen.
Despite that, Top Model's judging panel still decided to boot Fequiere instead based on both girls' overall body of work in the competition.
"I knew that they were going to choose Fatima's body of work versus her photo -- which was not fair because she missed the photo shoot and she didn't have to be out there in the cold like we were and work very hard," explained Fequiere. "She also didn't have her [travel] documents -- which we all had to have. So I was really like, 'That's not fair,' even though her body of work was better [than mine]."
The judges felt Fequiere had reached her "plateau" in the competition and wasn't showing them anything new in her photo shoot poses.
"I learned the most about posing in the photo shoots -- not to be such a posy-posy, typical poser -- but to be more natural," she explained to reporters. "I've never done anything like that in my life. It was very energetic and crazy how you have to use your angles like couture and commercial and catalogue. Just use a more natural pose and you make it more fierce than just a typical pose."
Fequiere was known for her self-described "bubbly" personality during her time in the competition, and it even helped her win a go-see challenge.
However that made it all the more odd when she was criticized by Top Model judges Nigel Barker and Paulina Porizkova for coming-off fake during a party the contestants attended in Wednesday night's episode.
"I was really upset to see the way that it was edited because I got a lot of great feedback at the party," she explained. "I did not get any feedback that I was being fake. So I was really shocked to hear Nigel say I was acting totally fake. I was just being myself at the party, and sometime people mistake when I'm like, 'Hi! How are you?' when I'm meeting a complete stranger. They'll take that like, 'Why is she talking to me? She's being totally fake.' But I wasn't. They mistook my bubbliness for being fake which was really, really devastating."
Since she didn't see her elimination coming, Fequiere passed on some words of warning to any women interested in participating in Top Model.
"I would just tell them to not get comfortable at all. Even if you did good one week, don't think that you're not going to get eliminated the next week. I think I got comfortable," she said. "Just because there's girls that you think are not as good as you, you should just always still try to do better than them because you will get eliminated."
Fequiere said she auditioned for Top Model's tenth season during a casting call held at her school -- Florida's NOVA Southeastern University.
"I just ended up walking in in jeans and a T-shirt and auditioning," she said. "I made it to L.A.to the semifinals and then into the house."
Married since the age of 18, Fequiere said she plans on continuing her education before venturing out into the world of modeling.
"I'm currently in school for education. I'm almost done with my bachelor's degree," she said. "I'm going to finish my degree first at NOVA Southeastern University. Then I plan to go to Japan and hopefully be able to model overseas and also teach at the same time... I'm very adamant about using what I received from this competition and taking it all over the place."