Eliminated America’s Next Top Model Cycle 20 Contestant Jiana on “Tough” Bottom 2 With Phil — Exclusive
Cycle 20 of America’s Next Top Model is well underway, and with both men and women competing, the dynamics in the house has been super dramatic. While the contestants are smizing it out in competitions to see who can rise to the top, a flirtatious relationship between Jiana Davis and Phil Sullivan formed early on.
Unfortunately, each week someone has to go home, and this past week saw both of these friends in the Bottom 2. When it came down to it, though, Jiana was the one sent packing.
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Jiana after her elimination and spoke with her about her performance in the house, the living art photoshoot, and her friendship with Phil.
Check out the interview, and hit the comments to share your thoughts on Jiana’s shocking elimination.
Wetpaint Entertainment: How did it feel when you got called out to be in the Top 16 back in Week 1?
Jiana Davis: It was so surreal. Realizing the sheer numbers, going from nationally how many auditions were held and how many thousands of people tried out, and I had made it as a semi-finalist. And then to make it in the Top 16 and hear Tyra Banks call my name, I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t help it, I was overwhelmed with joy!
And this season was guys and girls, so normally I have a 1-in-14 shot because it’s just women, but this time I have a 1-in-7 shot because there are only 7 girls. The fact that Tyra selected me to be a part of that was an incredible feeling. A lot of dreams came through — it was wild.
When you were going home, Tyra mentioned a steady decline in your performance on the show — do you think there’s something to blame for that?
I had never been in a situation like that — I had never really lived away from home. From what I understand, some other models have had agencies prior to this and have lived in model houses and away from home. I’m a pretty independent person, but I’m also very family-oriented. I love them with my whole heart, so being away from them and being in this wild setting … it was a turning point in my own early career as a model.
Another person who has shown a lot of breaking down, especially this week, was Marvin. What was that like in the house?
I never like to badmouth people. I hear he’s getting shed in a poor light because of it. I honestly think that it’s human nature. This is someone who has a lot to prove and it’s a competition, so you have a tough skin and outer shell, but when that starts crumbling and you’re not fully prepared to deal with these emotions and stress, you can really start lashing out and hurting people in the process.
I feel like I have certain coping mechanisms in place that helped me get by. I’ve always been a very independent person and I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I tried not to let it get to me.
The challenge this week was the trivia and creating your own outfits — what were you thinking getting an outfit that was so 50 Shades of Grey?
Overall I did pretty well on the trivia. I felt bad for the boys because I knew there was no way in hell they were going to know any of these [trivia questions].
Honestly, that was the first dress that I went with and then I changed into a strappy Kim Kardashian-style dress. It would have been fun to appeal to the stylist since she is Kim’s stylist, but ultimately I’m a firm believer in just going for it. I thought that the dress was very avant-garde and different. The color was appealing to me and I saw what everyone else had on and wanted to stand out and make a statement. I’m sure someone somewhere liked my dress.
The photoshoot this week was the paint. What was it like on set? I can imagine the paint was probably cold and hurt when it was thrown on you.
First of all, we were being portrayed as living art. So I thought the concept was so cool. I know it looked like I was being a brat and complaining, but I have a serious hangup with being sticky — it freaks me out.The paint was cold, like really cold … but at the end of the day it was a job.
Everyone’s been asking if that was my best photo or if they could have picked a better one. I think the answer is yes. I’ll be honest, I think I had plenty of other good shots in there.
When the Bottom 2 were revealed and it was you and Phil, it was devastating. What was it like standing next to your closest friend on the show?
Gosh, it was dramatic. It was stressful. Even after we got our scores, we go in the back to try to add it all up and have an idea of who’s in the bottom. There are times where it will just surprise you, and at the time I didn’t know it was going to be between Phil and I. It was tough that it came down to he and I. It was hard, but Phil is a good friend and everything, so ultimately I believe that everything happens for a reason.
So you say Phil is a friend, are you still close with him?
I haven’t really seen him but we’ve caught up here and there. He’s a good guy and I just want to see his career take off. We support each other’s careers and I support his relationship and everything. We’re just good pals at the end of the day. As far as other friendships go, most of us keep in touch.
As far as that goes, I’m sure there’s some bitterness there. There was bitterness from all sides on that one. I’m sure it was hard for Phil, especially being in the Bottom 2 the past few weeks and staying. In all honesty, it’s just like anyone using an excuse or crutch to make an excuse for their behavior on the show — Jourdan being married at 18, Kanani could have used her kid as an excuse — Phil is obviously a very impulsive guy. You either hate him or love him. It’s funny that she mentioned that because I can definitely see where there could be bitterness there.
Any memorable advice you’ll be taking away from the show and the experience?
I made it my mission to prove to little girls everywhere that it doesn’t matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter what your background is or what problems you’ve had, what matters is where you’re going. Embrace your flaws. Tyra has done an immaculate job at helping young people embrace themselves.
I don’t feel jaded, it’s about being humble and gracious. The experience was leaps and bounds over anything I could have ever dreamed of.
Were you shocked by Jiana’s elimination or do you think it was her time? Hit the comments and let us know what you think!