With Cycle 20 of America’s Next Top Model having both men and women smizing it out to rise to the top, viewers are in for a cutthroat season of photoshoots, challenges, and drama. Unfortunately, each week someone has to go home, and this episode saw the demise of two models: Jeremy Rohmer and Bianca “Kanani” Andaluz.
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Kanani after her elimination and spoke with her about the drama with Jourdan, her insane — but completely justified — fear of clowns, and why she thinks Phil doesn’t deserve to be in the competition.
Check out the interview, and hit the comments to share your thoughts on Kanani’s elimination.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What was it like waiting to be called in the Top 16 that first week?
Bianca “Kanani” Andaluz: I was still kind of in shock because, you know, there were two Biancas on the show, so when she called the first Bianca, it was nerve-racking.
The photoshoot this week was more of a beauty shot — how did you prepare for it?
I felt like I was least worried about this shoot because it was way easier, you didn’t have to worry about body language, and you didn’t have to make yourself look tall. You just had to make sure your face was right.
There’s been a bit of drama between the girls — mostly you and Jourdan. What went down behind the scenes?
The way that happened, it was because Jourdan had won the Tyra Suite and she decided not to give me my phone time. She had took all the time to explain to her boyfriend how she didn’t do anything wrong and she just felt so bad for him and all this other stuff. But people have kids and there’s people who have sick parents, and she decided to take it upon herself to not give us phone time.
So after that, it was like, “OK, you’re selfish.” I would have never done that to everybody. I would have given everyone equal time so they could talk to whoever they wanted to talk to.
When Jourdan apologized at the most recent challenge, did that smooth everything over for you?
I forgive people really fast, but I don’t forget the stuff that they’ve done. If I was to ever see Jourdan, I would be cordial, but we’re still not friends.
The clown incident was funny for viewers, but there has to be a reason why you’re that afraid of clowns — is there a story there?
In Chicago a long time ago, there was a clown called Homey the Clown. He used to go around Chicago and rape people and break into their house. So, one day, when I was like 4 or 5, my cousin was babysitting us and it was on the news that he was running around. He just so happened to be walking past our window in the alley and our kitchen window was open. He poked his head in and was like, “Homey wants to play.” It freaked me out.
My sister, being the big sister, decided she wanted to torture me. When the movie A Clown Called It was on one day, she tied me to a chair and hold my eyes open and make me watch the movie while I cried the whole time.
I’m done with clowns. I will never, unless I’m being paid, deal with clowns.
As you said your goodbyes, Marvin kept apologizing for the clown incident. What do you think about that?
Yeah, that made me cry a little harder because all he kept saying was, “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry for the clowns.”
What does your daughter think about your time on the show?
She doesn’t even call me my real name anymore, she calls me “Mommy Kanani Bianca.” She got into the habit of calling me Kanani.
So, do you plan to pursue modeling full-time?
I’m trying. I’m trying to find different agencies, but you know we can’t do anything until after the show is over, so I’ve been looking and trying to reach out, but I’m trying to get back into school for mortuary science.
What are you taking away from your time on the show?
I learned a little bit more about myself. I’ve had low self esteem since I was a little girl, so being on the show and seeing how far I could take it and see how people are reacting to me and how people feel about me and are calling me beautiful, it’s giving me a little more self confidence. Maybe I’m not the awkward little girl that I used to be. Maybe me being weird is OK.
Did Tyra give you any specific advice about your career and where you should take it?
She just kept telling me — because you know this is a comeback season, so we have the opportunity to return — that I just had to fight a lot harder because all the anger I was feeling when I got sent home the first time. She said I needed to put all that anger into performing the way you’re supposed to perform in your photoshoots.
Watching you break down after you were eliminated was completely heartbreaking, what were you thinking at that moment?
My thing was why Phil over me? Like, why Phil? Because Phil doesn’t take anything serious. He breaks people’s property, he cut up designers’ T-shirts, he’s using his ADHD as an excuse to act like he doesn’t care about anything. Why would you pick someone who isn’t serious about anything and send someone else who is striving for this so much and send them home over someone who is all fun all the time.
Who is the hottest guy in the house?
Don was probably the prettiest one, but when I looked at Don, I saw my mom. She looked exactly like him with blond hair and green eyes.
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