America’s Next Top Model: Alisha-> For Alisha this season on America’s Next Top Model, the competition was certainly full of ups and downs. From one week to the next, she was never sure if her name would be called first at panel or if she would land in the bottom two. After a fear-inducing photo shoot in Hong Kong, Alisha reached her breaking point and decided to leave the competition, saying there were things she knew she needed to work on. Today, we talked to the fiercely British model in an exclusive interview to learn more about her Top Model experience and what drove her to head home to the UK.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What was your reaction when you were asked to compete for a second time but this time, in the states?
A. Alisha: Oh my god! I was a bit shocked when I got the phone call. I thought it was a prank. I was like, “Yeah, right!” It took a long time for it to sink in because I had just finished my show and the production team told me Britain’s Next Top Model was airing in the states. I was really excited and it was a dream come true. I’ve wanted to come to America all my life.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Was there a big difference between Britain’s Next Top Model and America’s Next Top Model?
A. Alisha: Yes! I think there’s a huge difference because Britain’s Next Top Model is kind of like a spinoff. America’s Next Top Model is like the real thing, it’s gold. You want the gold! It’s the best you can have. The audience is wider, a lot of people watch it. British people really watch America’s Next Top Model. It’s like a ritual! The pictures and stuff… Elle MacPherson would pick your best shot. In America’s, Tyra didn’t pick them. Someone else did. A majority of the time, it was the same.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Of course, there’s always lots of drama and girls who don’t get along but who were you close with?
A. Alisha: Eboni was like my little sister. Unfortunately, you didn’t get to see that in the beginning of the show but when I met her, I clicked with her straight away. I didn’t think I’d want to become friends with anyone on the American side. I value her friendship so much, along with Catherine’s and Louise’s.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: How scared were you this week with that photo shoot on top of the building? It seemed so scary!
A. Alisha: In the real world, if my agent had that job and they wanted to book me, he would’ve said to them straight away, “She can’t do it because she hates heights.” I’m sure they knew that some of us would be a bit scared. To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to do the shoot. It was windy, there were hailstones, it was manic! I felt like I was going to die. I’m so skinny, the wind is blowing me off, it was horrible! Because I wanted to be there so much and because I was in the firing lines, I just did what I had to do because I didn’t want to go home. It was all too much for me. I knew that the pressure was on me because of the up and down journey.