Exclusive: Jasmia Robinson talks 'Top Model: British Invasion' (Part 2)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/07/2012
Jasmia Robinson's journey on Top Model's American edition came to a quick end for the 24-year-old British model from London, England during last Wednesday night's broadcast of America's Next Top Model: British Invasion's first episode on The CW.
On Friday, Jasmia talked to Reality TV World about her America's Next Top Model: British Invasion's experience and early ouster from the competition -- including whether she was a huge fan of America's Next Top Model or not one at all before appearing on the show, what her thoughts were on judge Kelly Cutrone's blunt personality and the absence of former judge Andre Leon Talley, whether she feared the American judges were going to be biased towards the Brits, and who she saw as her biggest competition while on the show.
Below is the second portion of our exclusive interview with Jasmia. Click here to read the first half.
Jasmia Robinson: Oh, so familiar! When I was younger, me and my friends starting from the first Cycle, we used to arrange to go around to each others' houses just to be able to watch it together.
So that was my whole reason for going on Britain's Next Top Model -- was because I had watched America's Next Top Model and I always said, "One day, I'm going to be there. One day, I'm going to do that." So yeah, I loved it.
Jasmia Robinson: The process was basically that I got very lucky and got called, inviting me to come to L.A. for casting and that was pretty much it! They watched some of my old season and again, saw my personality in the old season, and yeah. They asked me to come over for casting.
I mean, when I was on Britain's Next Top Model, I was a lot younger. I was a little bit more outspoken and I tended to argue a little bit as well. So I guess that heightened why they wanted me on America's Next Top Model.
Reality TV World: What was your reaction when they first approached you about appearing on America's Next Top Model? Were you hesitant to give it a shot or completely excited about the opportunity?
Jasmia Robinson: I was a little bit scared because I knew how much of a huge opportunity it was. So yeah, I was a little bit baffled but then I was so excited at the same time because I knew that I'd work with my idol, Tyra Banks, so I thought, "I definitely want to go."
But I was like, "The pressure is on and this is now the time to prove something and also move my platform into America," because that's been my dream as well -- to work in America. So yeah, I was just like, "I can't wait to do this," and then, "I'm going to show everyone that I can do better this time." So, I had so much determination and was really, really excited.
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It helped knowing what to expect as well. It was a little bit different because it was like, "Oh my God, I haven't been on a reality TV show since Britain's Next Top Model. It's going to be crazy having cameras around me 24/7." So that kind of scared me a little bit.
Reality TV World: Kelly Cutrone obviously replaced Andre Leon Talley on the judging panel this season. What were your thoughts about that? Were you disappointed Andre wouldn't be on the show? And did you really like Cutrone and thinks he was a good judge or did you believe she was too harsh.
Jasmia Robinson: I really wanted to see Andre just because I really liked him. I thought he was quite quirky and I liked him because I thought his comments were always very true. But Kelly is cool. I think she's an honest lady. She's good at what she does.
I didn't get really a chance to bond with her or get to talk with her much, but from what I seen, she was really nice. She was cool. As I said, you know, I've watched been watching the judges for so long, so I respected their opinions.
Reality TV World: Were you concerned at all about the judges being biased since they were American? Were you ever worried you wouldn't be given a fair chance since you were a Brit competing on an American show?
Jasmia Robinson: I thought -- no actually. I thought it was going to be fair. I thought that all of us girls were going to go into the competition as models and it doesn't really kind of matter what country you are from, although it is the British Invasion. But when it comes down to it, we were all models and I thought it was going to be judged fairly.
Reality TV World: Did you have any modeling experience before competing on Britain's Next Top Model?
Jasmia Robinson: Before the U.K. version, I never modeled beforehand. I never even wore a pair of high heels, so that was all very new to me. I learned so much about modeling from the U.K.'s Britain's Next Top Model.
Reality TV World: Although you were only on the show in its premiere episode, how would you say America's Next Top Model differed from your experience on Britain's Next Top Model?
Jasmia Robinson: Well, it was different because I didn't love the girls for one. I think it was just amazing. The house that we got to live in on America's Next Top Model was just unbelievable. It was in the Hills and L.A. and just fantastic. Compared to the British house? Whoa.
It was like five steps up. And also, you know, just being able to be around such influential people as well was just amazing, because I've been a Tyra fan for so long.
Reality TV World: While you were on the show, who did you see as being your biggest competition and why?
Jasmia Robinson: I felt like my biggest competition was AzMarie and Laura and Sophie. I thought that all three of them had really, really strong looks and very elongated bodies and just really strong personalities as well.
Reality TV World: Were you familiar with any of the other U.K. models in the house before appearing with them on America's Next Top Model? Was there anyone you were excited to see on the show or not looking forward to living with for any reason?
Jasmia Robinson: Yeah actually. I had worked with Alisha beforehand and I also had been interviewed by Annaliese. I also did a music video with Eboni. Because the U.K. is so small compared to the United States, most networking Top Model [girls] are kind of in the same circle.
So we all kind of knew each other, so I was familiar with those girls. I hadn't met Ashley beforehand nor Sophie or Louise, but I had watched Louise's episode of Britain's Next Top Model. I really liked them all. I thought they were really fun and I support "Team U.K." all the way... There was no one I really disliked.
Reality TV World: What's next for you? What are your plans for the near future?
Jasmia Robinson: There's lots more to come. Next, I'd like to conquer America. I'd love to go over there and model and build some campaigns, and then I'm going to be releasing a single later this month called "Model War" and my album will be released later this year.
So my modeling will continue, and I also have got my own clothing line coming out and I will still be female coaching, because I am a dating coach. So I'll still be training my students one-on-one and teach them how to get Mr. Right. So lots more in due time.