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America's Next Top Model

Exclusive: ANTM’s Shannon Stewart Reveals the Truth Behind the Catfights

Yesterday, we brought you Part 1 of our exclusive interview with Shannon Stewart, America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 17: All Stars’ most recent eliminee (here it is, in case you missed it!). But we wanted to know more details on how Shannon felt about not participating in the photo shoot for Episode 9: “Nikos Papadopoulos.” We asked her if she has any regrets, how her husband felt watching her this season, and the truth about those fights she had with Bianca.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Do you have any regrets about not participating in the shoot in Greece?

Shannon Stewart: No, it was like a double-edged sword basically. If people were to think about it, if I were to do that shoot, they would have replayed what I said on the first photo shoot: I don’t pose in underwear. What would I have been known for my brand? My brand is trustworthy, therefore I would not be known as trustworthy because I m not good for my word, I’m doing something I said I won’t do, so either way I’m really stuck. Definitely no regrets.

Do you think the judging was fair this cycle?

No, you know, I had to stand up there for a while on the last one, and they didn’t air anything that I said. So hopefully they air that in the recap episode. I’m not confused, and I think that I was there looking confused most of the time. I’m not confused. I know what I will or won’t do. I didn’t appreciate being bullied you know, I thought that only happened in high school. I didn’t drink, I didn’t sleep around, and people teased me for that, and now I’m on the show and it’s like, people can’t respect you for saying “no.” It’s like I don’t want to do it — why are you so mad for me not wanting to do something? And they were like, confused. But I’m not confused — it’s my brand and I know what I want it to be. My fans get it and that’s all that matter.

Underwear, to me, I think of intimacy. My bathing suits do not look like the underwear that I wear. So it doesn’t even have to do with the skin part. I grew up...I played sports, so I wore bathing suits to swim because I was a swimmer. Underwear, it’s like, you wear that underneath your clothes, or in the bedroom. I can be a Victoria’s Secret Angel for my husband.

Would you say no if Victoria’s Secret offered you a job?

I would say yes for their clothes, because I love their clothes, but not for their underwear. I would keep that behind closed doors. My husband doesn’t have a problem with it. Apparently people really want to see me in underwear.

You seemed to butt heads with Bianca — do you speak to her now?

I actually have no beef with Bianca. We were filmed 24/7, 7 days a week, and the show is an hour long but with commercials it’s probably 42 minutes or so. That’s all you’re seeing, so any kind of riff, any kind of discussion is blown out of proportion. I would like to say, I don’t have a problem with confrontation. I did say that on the show, and I don’t know why I said it that way — that was my fault. But I just don’t like to argue. I will say that, for myself, I have no problem confronting somebody if I don’t agree with them or if they’re asking me a question, but I just don’t like to argue.

But I have no problem with Bianca, we actually got along. We cooked together, we laughed, she dressed me one time, we had a lot of fun. We like, danced around the house. We were doing crazy things, like laughing — I would think that that would be kind of interesting, like everybody getting along. I don’t know why everyone just wants to see everybody fight all the time, like I don’t necessarily think that that makes great TV. I think great TV is just people being goofy and us dancing, like Allison and I were like, rolling during the music video thing because we were both so nervous. It shows that we’re human. But they’ve been on for 17 cycles so what do I know about anything?

Who were you closest to in the house?

The blue room, and then Lisa. We called it the blue room because it looked like the sky with Alexandria and Angelea, and then Lisa. I love Lisa. We’re like opposites but she’s just funny. She’s different from me, but she has a similarity like we don’t care what people think about us. We’re going to be who we are no matter what. And she’s really cool and funny so I was glad I got to meet her. I had met her once for an interview we did, like “Where Are They Now,” and I was in my interview and all of a sudden I turn around, and there was a girl running around naked. I’m like, who is that? And I remembered that, so on the show I’m like, wait a minute... Were you the girl who ran around my interview naked? And she was like, I am so sorry, I didn’t know who you were or what you’re about, I’m sorry if I offended you. And I was like, no I wasn’t offended that’s you, you can do whatever you want!

I try to treat others the way that I want to be treated, and if someone is a different religion or someone doesn’t believe at all, or someone is an atheist, I wouldn’t want them to push it on me. One of the greatest commandments of being Christian is the love. I just try to love people. A lot of people talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk.

How did you husband feel while watching you this cycle?

He didn’t like the way a few things were edited because he knows me, we know each other. The thing with Bianca, it airs me just basically crying for no reason. Uh, no. I called one of the producers on that — I was like, why didn’t you show half the conversation. All of a sudden I’m on the bed crying and I’m sorry but I don’t cry for no reason. I’m a really happy person. So [my husband] was kind of disturbed about that, but he thought overall, “you’re the best looking one in the house, you should have won.” But at the end of the day he was proud that I stayed true to who I was, and to him that was more important than winning.

What are your career plans now?

I’m working on two books, one that is fiction and one that is non-fiction, that I’m working on with Tricia Goyer. One’s about my life, and the journeys that I’ve been on, to show the ups and downs because you know, my life’s not been easy like everybody thinks. I’ve had trials just like everybody else. I’ve slept in a closet before and had to pay the bills. I went to Australia before, I turned down jobs, but got others in return. I encourage young people to raise the standard and always stay true to who they are, because I feel that it will always be worth it, and to give people hope. Because if you don’t have hope, what do you have? Money doesn’t bring happiness and money doesn’t buy you peace, because there are so many stars that have gone to rehab, that have drug addictions.

Are you planning on having kids soon?

Yes, we want kids. I want to be the little mom and, if I could choose, I would like a boy and a girl. But yes, I have that motherly thing in me. And I just love kids. So yes, definitely, that’s on the agenda.

Would you encourage your daughter to be a model?

No. I would be praying hardcore because this business will eat you alive if you don’t know who you are. You can get pulled in all different directions because everyone has their opinion. There’s models that sleep with photographers to get ahead, so it’s a hard business. I’m not going to encourage it, because I’ve lived it and I know what the business is about.

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