What was it like standing next to Chris and Nina in the Bottom 3?
I definitely didn’t expect Nina to be there. I definitely didn’t expect myself to be there. Chris was expected, since his photos haven’t been so strong, but going into panel, everyone had said that photo was one of my better photos. So hearing the judges think otherwise was a little off-putting.
Even with Nina, who was a strong contestant the whole season, to see her in the Bottom 3 for a photo that wasn’t even remotely bad was definitely a surprise.
Are you and Chris on a friendly basis now that the show is over?
He apologized, I apologized, so I’m on a good basis of everyone. I like to text everyone here and there to see how they’re doing and what they’re up to. We’re good. We’re friends now.
It was also a little emotional with the judges discussing your body transformation from when you were little to today. Care to talk about that?
As a kid, I liked to eat. I was just a chubby kid. I knew I was chubby, but my mom never told me that. One day, I just realized I wanted to lose weight. My mom got me into swimming. So I ended up swimming for about six years and I just got extremely skinny. Then I realized that I didn’t want to be skinny anymore — I wanted to be muscular. That’s when I hit the gym. I’ve been all over the spectrum.
Do you plan on toning down your arms like the judges suggested, or are you going to remain buff?
I plan on trimming down a bit. I still want to be muscular, but I’ll trim it down. The only person who gave advice was Tyra — she gives the best advice. Rob helped out here and there, and Kelly is just Kelly.
Was there any awkwardness coming back in the house with Jourdan?
She’s a weird girl. She goes from being my friend to totally ragging on me. That girl is definitely all over the place with her ex-husband and all that stuff. Me and her are OK, but there’s no more drama between me and her. We’re doing all right.
It seems like there’s going to be a male winner this year. Which guy do you think has the best shot at winning?
That’s a toughie. Marvin’s like my little brother, so I want him to win. Cory is a strong guy. Chris, he’s been slacking, but he could pick it up. But if I could pick a guy to win, it would have to be Marvin.
How awkward was it sleeping next to Marvin and Renee when they got romantic?
There weren’t that many beds, so we had to kind of share. I had my own bed, but for some reason it was pushed next to their bed. Sometimes they got loud. When they would show me peeking over the pillow, it wasn’t because I was trying to be a creep or a pervert, it was because they were being so loud. I was like, “What the heck are they doing?” So it was pretty weird, but at the same time it was a little adorable seeing Marvin get the girl.
Did you ever expect Marvin to finally get the girl?
I knew Marvin would eventually pull a girl, but I didn’t expect it to be Renee. She was definitely one of those girls who seemed like she wouldn’t be into Marvin, but I’m so glad he got her after he tried so many times with so many girls in the house.
America’s Next Top Model airs on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.