America’s Next Top Model Cycle 18 premiered last night (February 29), and the world was introduced to 14 new modelstants. That is, America was — Top Model fans in the UK have already watched the 7 girls from across the pond compete in the British version of the show.
So it was all the more surprising that the first modelstant to be eliminated was one of Britain’s All-Stars: Jasmia Robinson. The judges weren’t impressed with her portrayal of John Lennon, saying the pose was too Lenny Kravitz-esque.
Jasmia spoke to Wetpaint Entertainment in an exclusive interview, revealing why the first challenge was unfair, who she’s rooting for, and the differences between Brits and Yanks.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What was it like being the first model eliminated?
Jasmia: I was devastated. As you can tell at the end of the interview I was crying. I was very disappointed. I was just a little bit annoyed.
Are you over it now?
I’m definitely over it now, I’m just very happy that I was involved. It gave me a platform into America. In no way am I disappointed in myself at all. I feel like I gave it my all.
Do you think you should have gone home the first week?
Well I just think at the end of the day, what is the competition? It’s a modeling competition, so I should be judged on my work, and my ability. There are 14 girls and the American girls are louder than the British girls, and I was still adjusting. I was in a country I’d never been in for the first time, and I was trying to have fun with all the girls and when I was in the British [version of Top Model] I was kind of cheeky.
Also, my character was a little bit...John Lennon is famous and he is iconic. But he was a pothead as well as very outspoken. He was a rock star so I felt like at my shoot I delivered because I gave options of my different positions, not just the Lenny Kravitz style.
Do you think the first challenge was a fair one?
It’s a competition so nothing’s going to be easy that they throw at you. And you expect that. I was up against Mariah and she’s naturally a beautiful girl but she was playing a female so it’s kind of easier to get into that role. With John Lennon, there’s not much, I’m playing a guy, so it’s a little harder to make shapes, if you know what I mean. And also having the guitar, the guitar weighs a lotI So it’s like, what should I do? So yeah, it was maybe more of a challenge, but I was up for the challenge and I gave it my all. I felt like I gave more than Mariah, if they were judging on modeling and ability. I didn’t yell, I didn’t cry. I like a challenge.
Are you rooting for any models in particular?
Oh definitely! I hope my homegirl Louise wins, I love her to bits. Also, Alisha from the UK, I’m all about Team UK, I really like Sophie, Louise and Alicia. I think they’re amazing. And if I have to cross over to the other side, I would have to say Laura and Candace.
What are the major differences between the British models and the American models?
Well, if you’ve got it, you’ve got it. As for differences on personality, American girls are very, very open. Especially about their sexuality. We were like, whoa. They were getting stark naked and jumping into the pool straight away! So I would say British girls are a little more reserved, American girls are louder.
And they didn’t really get sarcasm! Which I was really disappointed by. I love American girls, they brought us British girls out of our shells a little more. You guys have 50 different states, so everybody’s so different. British girls are a little more quiet. We’re outspoken but not to the same extent as the Americans.
Is there anything you wish they’d shown that they didn’t?
When Miss Jay said I had a fierce walk. That was the best compliment I could get, and we had funny deep conversations among the girls.
Do you think there will be any catfights this season?
Oh definitely. If you’ve got 14 girls in a house and they’re all from the same country you’re going to have clashes, so I see a lot of drama coming.
Any models in particular?
More the Americans. They didn’t understand sarcasm and British people, a lot of [the sarcasm] was aimed at the American girls a lot. British girls were starting it, to be fair.
What did you mean when you said the UK is difficult for models of color?
America is so large, in the UK the market is a lot more limited. You can reach your peak, you have to do a lot more work yourself. There are less castings for ethnic models than there are for European models so there’s a limited chance. That was one of my reasons for coming.
How are the ANTM judges different from the British Top Model judges?
They both critique, but if anything, there is more pressure in America because I’ve watched ANTM since the very first season. Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker are the main people I think of when I think of ANTM. You wanna impress them a lot more.
Catch an all-new ANTM on Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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