The year 2011 did not end well for Angelea Preston, who was mysteriously disqualified during the finale of America's Next Top Model Cycle 17: All-Stars without a word of explanation — other than The CW’s statement, "It turns out that after shooting was wrapped, our production team and the network learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competition.”
But what information? Word on the Internet was that Angelea posted a spoiler on Facebook about herself winning and that's what got her disqualified. But Jeff Cohen, President of Model Management Group in New York, told Wetpaint Entertainment,"She would never... She's a smart person. She would never post anything that would disqualify. That was her second season, she knew way better than that. We just somehow have to get her able to talk to an attorney who can advise her on her rights, as soon as possible."
That was in late December — when a press conference was supposedly going to explain things, but didn't happen; and a statement was going to be made, but has also yet to happen.
"Again, as to when whatever happened happened, we have to find out, whether or not it was something [the CW] knew from the start," Cohen said at the time. "We're just in that collection information stage. There are a lot of rules as to what someone can say, any conversations, we have advisers looking at what can be done and not done. Nobody wants to violate any rules, but at the same time, there might be things that she can do."
Several months have come and gone since then. In the meantime, Angelea has been tweeting updates on her life. She was on MTV’s Made on Jan. 19 and apparently went on a ski trip in late February. But as much as she seems to be keeping a positive attitude — praising her ANTM experience and congratulating Lisa D’Amato for winning the All-Stars cycle — she also seems to hold a grudge against ANTM’s network. The Buffalo, N.Y. native tweeted on March 1, “@cw_network please don't use me in your commercials in Buffalo to get girls to come to auditions for that bullshit show. Thank u ! :)”
Ha! (ANTM Cycle 19 auditions were held March 3 in Buffalo.)
She also tweeted on March 17, “Thank you @AKOOCLOTHING @MelNYC for inviting me to your PLUGGED event on Thursday. Got a chance to network & I had a good time ! ☺”
So Angelea is out there, working and networking and not saying anything official about ANTM but heavily hinting at being frustrated. The current Cycle 18 seems to be suffering from low ratingsand speculation was that maybe it’s due to lingering bad karma from Tyra Banks and company not making it clear what happened to disqualify Angelea. Are you still waiting for an official explanation?
Catch the premiere of ANTM Cycle 20 on Friday, August 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Sources: Twitter, Twitter
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