Eliminated America’s Next Top Model Contestant Renee: Marvin Is My “Prince Charming”  — Exclusive
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America's Next Top Model

Eliminated America’s Next Top Model Contestant Renee: Marvin Is My “Prince Charming” — Exclusive

Can you believe we’re almost at the Cycle 20 finale of America’s Next Top Model? Tonight’s episode kicks off the two-part finale where the Final 3 — Marvin, Jourdan, and Cory — will smize their way to the title. But to get there, we had to once again say goodbye to two fabulous models: Chris Hernandez and Renee Bhagwandeen.

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Renee after her shocking elimination and spoke with her about her romance with Marvin Cortes, her career goals, and her “fairy godmother.” Check out the interview below, and hit the comments to share your thoughts and feelings about Renee’s elimination.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Everyone’s wondering about your relationship with Marvin. Can you give us an update?

Renee Bhagwandeen: We’re good. He’s one of my best friends. I talk to him all the time. The only unfortunate thing is that he lives in L.A. and I’m currently in New York, so we don’t want to put any titles on anything until we actually get to be in the same place at the same time. Then we can say that we’re together.

Marvin — he hates when I call him “baby” — is such a sweetheart. He is my sanity a lot of times. He’s like freaking Prince Charming in an unconventional way.

How does it feel to be the first showmance in Top Model history?

[Laughs] I think it’s great, but it’s also nerve-wracking because I didn’t expect it and I like to plan things before they happen. It turned out better than a lot of my older relationships, so I’m pretty happy about that and I met such an amazing person from that.

Eliminated America’s Next Top Model Contestant Renee: Marvin Is My “Prince Charming”  — Exclusive
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Any plans to move to L.A. or for him to move back to New York?

I do have plans to move to L.A. in January, but it’s not because of Marvin. It’s because I want to follow my career goals, but it’s still tentative, it’s like an 85 percent chance that I will. I’m just trying to figure out where I’ll do the best for my career and he’s trying to do the same. So maybe if I do move to L.A., he’ll be somewhere else. We’re trying to not hinder each other because he has different plans and I have different plans. If they match up, maybe it was meant to be. You never know!

What are your long-term career goals? Are you wanting to just model or perhaps break into acting or hosting?

Well, it’s funny that you say that. I definitely do want to get into acting really badly. I’ve been taking a couple acting classes. That would be something that would be so cool for me to get into. One of my goals, as far as acting, is to star in a Tyler Perry film. That would be, oh my gosh, damn, this girl can actually do this s—t.

As far as hosting, me and Marvin actually sat down one day and wrote down our goals of what we want to do. I put four things and he put four things. For me, it was: star in a Tyler Perry movie, be No. 1 on models.com, have a national beauty campaign for skincare, and to be a host. Most of those things came true — which is freaking crazy! Just have a couple more things on that list! I’m a big dreamer, but why not?

In what ways do you think you changed over the course of the show? We really saw you come out of your shell.

At the beginning of the show, to be honest, I came on thinking I was going to use my pageant skills and be very neutral. I’m going to say the right things and do the right things and hopefully that’s going to get me far. I can’t be that perfect little Barbie, you know what I’m saying?

A couple episodes into the show, I was like, “f—k this.” I decided to be myself and not put together any personality in my head and be something that I’m not, and I think that worked for me. Being myself is a lot easier than trying to be a beauty queen. I think that’s where you see me as a person learn that being yourself is the best thing you can ever do.

I know a lot of people have their opinions about me. They either love me or they hate me, you’re rarely an in-between with me. And I’m OK with that because I don’t like everyone.

On Twitter you called Tyra Banks your “fairy godmother” — what did you mean?

She gave me the chance of a lifetime — just like Cinderella’s fairy godmother — she gave me elephants, she gave me Marvin…how could she not be my fairy godmother?

Did the right person go home? Hit the comments and let us know if you think Renee should have been sent packing or if she deserved to be in the Final 3!

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!