Exclusive: ANTM’s Shannon Stewart Felt “Bullied” by Nigel, “Relieved” to be Eliminated
The latest modelstant to be eliminated from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 17: All Stars was Shannon Stewart, the model most memorable for sticking to her core values of Christ, covering up, and character. In an exclusive interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, the cycle’s official good girl opened up on feeling bullied by one of the judges, her love for Lisa, and how wrongly she feels she was portrayed in several key scenes. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our exclusive interview, coming tomorrow!
Wetpaint Entertainment: How did you feel when you were eliminated?
Shannon Stewart: Actually I was kind of relieved. I know, shocking, right? I wanted to win. The prizes were definitely right down my alley. My dream since I was 5 was to be a spokesperson for a makeup company. I was relieved, though, because I was kind of just over being bullied in the judging room. They told me to stay true to my brand, yet every week I’m being told to be more naughty, or to raunch it up a little bit. Several comments were very offensive to me. I was like, you know what? They want me to be trustworthy, yet they want me to be naughty.
When I was pitched the idea for coming on the show, I was told that it was supposed to be about branding you, what you wanted for your brand, how you wanted your career to go — if you wanted to sing, if you wanted to act, if you wanted to speak — you know, whatever you wanted. Once I get on the show I’m like, right from the get-go, this has nothing to do with that.
When did you start to realize that?
From the first photo shoot. Like I told them before I came on the show that I didn’t do underwear and right away, I was asked to pose in it — and I was the only girl in the house being asked to pose in it.
Who did you feel you were bullied by?
I thought Nigel was... I don’t think Nigel got me, and I don’t think he wanted to get me. I just don’t think he liked me. He didn’t even know me. I just got the gist when we were in the judging, he seemed to like certain girls but he didn’t give me the vibe that he liked me. And I mean, people, sometimes you just click with people and sometimes you don’t. Like at the perfume challenge, he put both hands on my hips and tried to push me in the bathtub. At that point I was using the bathtub as my prop, I wasn’t even in the bathtub. And I’m like, you’re three inches from my face, you’re actually pushing me in the bathtub, and the only thing keeping me up was like the backs of my knees. But I’m not a quitter. I wasn’t raised to quit, I want to finish.
Who are you rooting for now?
I don’t know. I really have no clue. I’ll be watching just like the rest of the world. Of course, Lisa’s my girl, and I love Laura, Laura’s so cute. Angelea is still in there, and she’s in the blue room. Whoever’s supposed to win is going to win.