We were sad to see Jaclyn Poole leave on the last episode of “America’s Next Top Model,” especially as we feel that this season the dramatic girls are getting rewarded more than ever.
Yet, when we spoke to the waitress and college student about her elimination, Jaclyn pretty much stuck to being nice – no matter how hard we tried to get her to do some smack talking.
“I think that the pressure of the competition can weigh on all of us and it weighs on us differently,” Jaclyn, 20, says of the other girls’ drama. “And going to the competition, everyone has their little outbursts and some maybe a bit larger than others, but honestly at the end of the day we are all here wanting the same thing… They want it just as badly as I did and I think that not only is there one winner, but we are all winners.”
We told you. Her parents raised her right.
Here are five questions with Jaclyn:
1.) How was it possible that you took your elimination so well?
Yeah. I mean, I was upset that I wasn’t going to get to go abroad also. But I was so proud of myself for making it to the top six and just being one of the fourteen finalists on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ is kind of crazy. So it just gave me a push in this industry and it was my first opportunity and it was one door open and now I’m going to go open some more doors.
2.) Do you think you were underestimated, because you are so sweet and may come off naive?
I think that people see me as a na�ve person. I try to be nice to everyone, because everyone deserves a friendly smile and someone to bring them up sometimes during the day. But, I’m definitely a strong competitor. When I want something I’ll go after it, so I achieve it. And I don’t think people realize that. I’m so ready to get back into this industry and I’m ready to work and I’m ready to have someone believe in me and that wants to sign me and give me another opportunity so that I can prove that I can be a model that wants this and that can work. So, I am just excited to get back into this.
3.) Why do you think you were eliminated?
You know it was surprising being there. Every single week I got better and I kept getting higher and higher [in the callout order] and improving and I was getting so confident in myself. And then the go-sees happened and I freaked out.
I think that at the end of the day, I didn’t deliver a photo that the judges thought I could. I didn’t exceed their expectations in that photo and I made it to two go-sees — yes I did book them, which I’m very proud of myself for — but you know, I failed to make it to more than two. It’s a competition and at the end of the day it comes down to who the judges think has what it takes and obviously I failed to deliver those two things and so I was sent packing home.
4.) It seems that creating drama is one way to stay in this competition. Do you think you were at a disadvantage, because you aren’t as dramatic as the other girls?
Reality is all about being real, being yourself, and I wasn’t going to be someone that I’m not, no matter if it’s going to send me home or not. But, this is just one competition. There are so many other things out there that I can get into in the modeling industry and so I hope that people see that I am very easy to work with and I’m very easy to get along with. And I hope that they want a personality like mine.
5.) Who are your top picks for the win?
I have a feeling that it’s going to come down to Brittani and Molly. They are so high fashion and so versatile and, gosh, they are gorgeous… I just have the feeling, but they’re all great role models and they’re all going to succeed in this industry and, you know, their dreams are going to come true no matter what the outcome is.
“America’s Next Top Model” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.