"I don't have any regrets. I feel like I was the best me possible. I did really good throughout the whole competition. There's just no way I could ever be disappointed in my life, because at 22, I came so far, you know? People know my name all around the world," Laura said following her ouster.
Laura was eliminated from the eleventh episode of America's Next Top Model's seventeenth season after Top Model judges reviewed the video the season's four remaining finalists had appeared in abroad in Greece for their eleventh modeling challenge, which required them to star in a motion editorial directed by Tyra Banks. The girls had to portray the lead character, Tookie, described in Tyra's new book Modeland and the different experiences and emotions she had gone through in the novel.
Laura ended up in the bottom two alongside Allison Harvard, a 23-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's twelfth season.
The four contestants shot for two days with Tyra, who then revealed the finished product would be split into two parts and critiqued at two separate judging panels. Tyson Beckford guest starred in the motion editorial.
Following the shoot, the girls arrived for the seventeenth season's eleventh elimination panel where they were met by Top Model judges Tyra, Nigel Barker, and Andre Leon Talley, as well as guest judge Tyson.
The judges first criticized Laura's portion of the motion editorial.
"It was different. I didn't expect that sort of strong emotion because when you're in front of us, you're just so bubbly with that laugh!" Andre Leon told her.
"You did a fabulous job as an actress, but sometimes you just gotta forget that the camera's there," Tyson said.
"When acting, especially, there's an element that the camera isn't there because it's not in that world. I saw you engage the camera several times and that's a big no, no," Nigel explained.
"[The whipped cream part], it was too sexy in the beginning. It was very X-rated a little bit, and then toward the end, it got softer and more obsessed," Tyra added.
Allison's motion editorial was then reviewed.
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"It looked good, really very good. I'm very impressed," Nigel told her.
"I disagree. I saw that you kind of couldn't find the camera because your eyes kind of darted around a little bit in the beginning," Tyson said.
"I had a little bit of trouble with the sun, but I was trying to work around it," Allison explained.
"So, I think you have to figure out what you can do for that, because your eyes are beyond amazing. But if we can't see them, you decrease 50% percent of your strength," Tyra added.
Earlier in the episode, the girls were instructed to audition for editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani. They had to write a blog that discussed Greek culture and fashion from their own personal perspectives. The girls were required to pick out an outfit, find a location that inspired them, take some photographs including one of themselves, and then write their style blog in three hours.
The person who wrote the best blog won a trip for two for seven nights in Crete, Greece, and that person was Angelea Preston, a 25-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fourteenth season.
After panel critiques and the judges had time to deliberate on the contestants, Tyra revealed the girls in order of the best performance in the motion editorial to the worst. Lisa D'Amato, a 30-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fifth season, received the first call-out.
Following Lisa, Tyra then revealed Angelea had also advanced in the competition -- leaving Allison and Laura in the bottom two.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to continue competing on America's Next Top Model's all-stars edition.
"It took a very long time to deliberate, and it's because of you two. Two beautiful girls stand before me. Laura, you have the most bubbly personality. It is contagious. It makes people smile. People want to be around you. One of our judges said that if they were on a movie set for three months, they'd want you to be their co-star. But what the judges are a little nervous about is, is it just sweet and peachy? Can it do high fashion and really persevere and get past cuteness?" Tyra explained.
"Allison, your personality is the opposite of Laura -- introverted, shy -- but what's positive about you is the quirkiness, the fact that you stand apart. Do you understand the debate? Do you see how crazy it got and why it got that way?"
Tyra then revealed Allison's photo, resulting in Laura's elimination.
"It just hurts because I want to be respected as a good model," Laura told Tyra.
"I think that you are a good model, Laura. During the petite cycle, oh my God, you were a finalist for a reason. Something just kind of got a little bit lost this time, okay?" Tyra said.