Dominique: ANTM Cycle 16 Is an Unfair Playing Field
Cycle 16 ANTM contestant Dominique has a very unique look. A look that by ANTM standards we would call "high fashion," which was why we thought Dom would make it much further this cycle, but alas, we were wrong. So very wrong. Dominique got the boot because she played third wheel to Jaclyn and Dalya in this week's crazy couture photo shoot, but inexperienced Dominique thinks it was because she was far out of her league in the competition against girls with modeling contracts back home. Read on as she gives her honest opinion of Mr. Jay and explains how America's Next Top Model was her destiny. In one of our most awkward interviews to date, we give you Miss Dominique...
Tell us, do you still have your red hair from makeovers? Actually, it's a little orange now. It's still calm because it's not curly and big. It's straight now.
Do you think that the makeovers had any influence on you leaving that night? No, it had no kind of influence on me leaving that night. I guess what they would like me to say is what really made me leave was the fact that I just didn't have any hope. I just didn't have anything inside of me that was driving me to be successful, which is kind of BS. But it is what it is.
So you don't think you deserved to go home on that episode? No. I just feel like the competition wasn't too fair. I honestly thought that the competition was from back in the day, where they get people who didn't have experience and they fight for that chance of trying to be someone who can really be a model. But I was up against a lot of females who had years behind their belt. Some people like Kasia had a Wilhelmina contract! I had never stepped foot inside of a modeling agency or a modeling school in my life and here I am competing against these ladies.
Which models on the show had not had experience? Honestly, I want to say Sara and I were the only ones.
Did you take what Mr. Jay said to heart about you not thinking about anything during your shoot? Yes, I did take into consideration about what's inside of me. Now looking back at the situation, I think photo shoots and things of that sense are easier for people who have acted at some point. It's kind of hard for me to do something like that because I don't know how to switch in and out of character. I don't know how to make myself cry when I'm not happy at the moment. Therefore, when he asked me what I was thinking, I wasn't mad, I wasn't sad, I wasn't happy or overjoyed or nothin'. I was just feeling normal.
Do you regret bringing up your conversation with Mr. Jay at panel? No, I don't regret it. Honestly, this might hurt me in the long run, but I'm gonna be real with you. How I feel right now and how I felt right then, Mr. Jay is just a personality for the TV show. He's going to say whatever he has to say to make it look good. I feel that he could never make or break me because he's just a normal individual just like everyone else. The only difference between him and me is he's known and I'm not known. At the end of the day when the show is all over, is Mr. Jay going to be in my life? No.
So are you modeling now? We have contracts on us. We can't do anything inside of the modeling industry until the show is over. [Once it's over] I actually am going to do it. I have been working on myself personally behind closed doors.
Why did you decide to go on the show in the first place? It's kind of funny that you asked me that question because I had this conversation with my grandfather last night. I've always wanted to model. My mom modeled before I was born and she had to give it up because of the fact that she had me. I remember this one day, I begged and begged for my grandmother to take me to this modeling school out in Houston. I was basically accepted but I was told when I got home that I needed to work on my education and not my modeling. Perhaps if my mom had had an education she might not have been in the situation she'd been in. So with that said, I went to school, I thought about modeling a bunch of times, and they said worry about it after graduation, get your education to at least fall back on. So, I did. I feel like everything happens for a reason. I didn't go to an open casting call, I didn't send a photo into Tyra.com. I wasn't proactive in trying to show them that I want to be a part of a show. But I was scouted my first day of work at the mall. I graduated from college last May, and I was scouted in August. It wasn't even a solid four months that I had been out of school that someone found me and approached me to be on the show. Think about it. Everything happens for a reason. Perhaps it is something I should really get into. Things don't happen like this just to happen. The Lord knows exactly what my plan is in life and he's already started me on my plan.
When you first got to ANTM and they pulled the prank where they told the other 14 girls they had made it but really they were eliminated, do you know what happened to the other 14 girls? Honestly, I don't know what happened to them. Once someone is eliminated from the show, we no longer see them. They just vanish into air. But, I will say, what they did not show you guys, is that those young ladies who got those pictures, they were in our face like, "yeah, we got it! I'm in the house.!" Just looking down on us. So when the prank happened it was so funny to know that they were boo-hooing their eyes out when they figured out what happened.
Alexandria is bringing a lot of drama to the show. Do you think she will go far in the competition? You tell me. Does Alexandria bring in ratings for you? When you look at the show, isn't it obvious that Alexandria is going to be there because she brings so much drama to the show? They're not going to let someone who brings that much drama to the show go.