As true ANTM fans are well aware, it’s usually not the prettiest girl in the bunch that takes the Top Model tiara. Therefore Kendal, one of the most beautiful girls the judges – and we – have seen in a while, didn’t exactly stand a chance. Tasked with portraying Vera Wang in this week’s photo shoot, Kendal fell short of the judges’ standards and Tyra pulled out her grammar book to explain that she is the model "noun" but not the "verb." Sigh. To us, she’ll always be the girl who claimed to be afraid of semen at casting. Read on for Kendal’s take on Mr. Jay and her most embarrassing moments.
Were you surprised that you were kicked off last night?
I was shocked, but then I was like, “OK, the photo shoot I had didn’t go so well.” Tyra said I was the noun and not the verb, then I was like, “OK, I’m gone.”
She had pretty harsh words for Esther, too.
Yeah, she did. And I was kinda shocked because the previous week, the Patrick Demarchelier shoot, I was called third and I did good and I thought I was progressing, but you can’t get more than “you’re just the noun and not the verb.”
How did you feel about her parting words for you, telling you to get someone to yell at you?
I’m pretty sure that I need somebody to tell me, “Come on, Kendal,” not yell at me. I was like, “OK, I’ll get someone to do that, Tyra…” that’s what I was thinking in my head. I probably need more people to say, “Give me more of this, give me more of that.”
Have you asked your sisters to yell at you yet?
No, because after I got finished taping ANTM, I was like, “I’m done with modeling. I don’t think I can do it.” But since my final episode, I’m thinking about modeling again.
So you were that discouraged by what happened on the show?
Yeah, because I can take critiques, but I can’t take too many harsh critiques. When Tyra gave me critiques from the Patrick Demarchelier shoot she was like, “You’re doing good but let me see this,” and I’d feed off her energy and always do better. But like, Mr. Jay always says something harsh or something mean and makes you feel like you’re just a bad model and don’t need to pursue the career anymore. That’s what he made me feel like. You can see in my photo shoots, when I was around him, my energy level would be low. I was emotionally exhausted trying and I wasn’t myself 100% and I didn’t like that. His critiques are very blunt and bold.
Had you seen photos of Vera Wang before last night's photo shoot?
It wasn’t like I didn’t know Vera Wang at all, I just didn’t know her collection. I couldn’t adapt to her because of that. She is a very simple person and I felt like if she’s simple then I could just stand there and look at the camera, but I had no idea what they were expecting. I was getting confused. I wish I’d had a man fashion designer because with men you can hump your back, put your hands in your pocket, do all sorts of things, and make the picture come to life. I was doing more than what they showed on television. I was smiling and the photographer had my model jump behind me and I would smile and look at the camera, but they didn’t show that.
Have you kept in touch with any of the other girls?
Yeah, I keep in touch with Terra and her sister all the time. I was supposed to go to Texas but my car had broken down, so I’m trying to find other ways to get there. I was close with Terra in the house. She’s sweet. We’re like the same age, she’s genuine, she’s from the south, she understands my accent. I keep in touch with Chris, too. I’m on Facebook talking to Esther, Jane, Lexie, Kayla. The only person I don’t talk to is Kacey.
Why don’t you talk to Kacey?
She probably doesn’t want to talk to anyone in the house. It’s not like I hate the girl – I would talk to her. I had my concerns and my doubts about her. I didn’t know which Kacey I was gonna get. It’s not like I don’t like her because I’d speak to her in a heartbeat.
What was your most embarrassing moment on the show?
People would say when I said I don’t like semen, but I don’t think that was embarrassing. I think me on that treadmill – that conveyer belt – was embarrassing. My shoe fell off and I was turning around and stuff like that.
So when you said that during casting, what were you trying to convey?
I really don’t know. It’s not like every day I can wake up and say, “Let me see Tyra Banks.” You go up in a room, there’s more people in the room, you don’t know that, and you go in there and it’s like, “Oh my god, what am I gonna say?” and everything just going in my head. I know it don’t make any sense as to why I’m a virgin, because I don’t like semen. I’m going to keep this PG-13: You have a condom on, the semen catches the condom, so that’s not why I’m a virgin. To tell you the truth, I don’t even know why I said that. I don’t know. It was just crazy. We laugh about it all the time.
Were you provoked into saying that?
Oh, no. nobody provoked me. I just thought of that on my own. I’m the kind of person that just says anything that comes to my mind. I’m not gonna hold back anything. That’s just me. So to this day that don’t even make sense [in response to] what she asked me.
How many people were in the room?
It was the camera crew, the producers, I’d say probably 15 people standing on the side, plus camera crews. You’re like, “Oh my god, what did I get myself into?” It was my first time meeting anyone that famous – Mr. Jay, Miss J – you don’t know what they’re gonna ask you and I just blurted out anything. I’m not scared of semen, people. I’m cool. I just said the wrong thing.
Liz seemed pretty upset and decided to get drunk. Did you guys party a lot in the house?
It was only like three people who were old enough to drink: me, Liz, and Chelsey. So we were pretty busy but when we had our chance we had a couple of drinks. I don’t know if she got drunk on purpose or what, but that was pretty funny. She kept on talking and she got de-microphoned and she kept on talking and you can’t do that when you get de-microphoned – you have to be quiet. So they had to put the microphone back on her and she was the only one talking and everyone was asleep. That was so funny. Liz is a trip – what you see is what you get.
What are you doing now?
I said I wasn’t gonna model after I finished taping but I’m gonna continue to model. I feel like I should start off in a smaller market like Atlanta, not New York. I feel like I need to grow more in modeling. I know I have the potential and I know I have the looks but I’m still gonna try something smaller. I have a backup plan: I’m gonna go to school because no matter how much I get famous, school is important. I want a degree in something.
Who do you think is gonna win?
I think Chris is gonna win because her photos are amazing, she has the energy, she has the great personality that the photographers and designers are looking for, and she’s just a genuine, sweet person in general. I think Kayla might win, too, because her photos are amazing, too.