Kayla Ferrel is the most recent “America’s Next Top Model” eliminated contestant. In her exit Q&A, she tells Zap2it about her experiences on the show, plus did you know she’s really big in Japan? We had no idea.
Are you glad you went back to “Top Model”? Was it everything you hoped or expected it to be?
“Ummm, I’m very happy that I came back, I can say that. It wasn’t everything I expected it to be, though, I can admit to that. I thought [before I came back], ‘ I’ve gone on, I’ve done my own modeling, I feel like I’ve kind of mastered that aspect of it’ and then it’s like I’m not hearing much positive feedback and I was confused about what they wanted. How do I portray ‘free’ in the way they want me to? I don’t think I accomplished all my goals I wanted to achieve in coming back to the all-star cycle.”
Other girls have complained that they were pitched a show that was more about branding and less like a regular modeling cycle of the show. Do you feel the same way?
“Umm, I think as far as maybe the girls [who were eliminated earlier] are concerned, they weren’t really there long enough to get all the experiences we did. I wasn’t there extremely long either, obviously, but we got to do perfume. There were things we did get to do as far as branding that they didn’t get to experience because they weren’t there long enough.”
We were a little surprised you went home this week. Why do you think you were eliminated?
“You know, you had Lisa in the house, who is a party girl, and Bianca, who people thought of as kind of a b****, let’s be honest, and you had Angelea, who is kind of ghetto fabulous. You looked at them and you knew exactly who they were and what their brand was. For me, ‘free’ is such a vague word and it can mean so many different things … I think for me it was more that they didn’t think my brand was strong enough to really make a career out of.”
What are you working on now?
“After I left Cycle 15, I had a hard time finding an agency … and I went into the agencies in Japan and they loved me. I was really impressed with how they took me in, so I signed with an agency in Japan. I only go up there, honestly, about four or five times a year, but when I do, I’m booked with a lot of jobs. I’m getting my first billboard in Tokyo in February. I’m really excited about that.
Something that’s kind of cool and weird is they actually have a modeling competition [in Japan] and I’m going to be a judge on one of their modeling competition shows when I go out there in February. That’ll be a lot of fun to do it from the other point of view. So I do a lot, but not really as far as the States go.”
Any messages for your fans?
I would just like to say thank you for supporting me. They’re always on my side, so I would just like to say to them thank you for being on my side and understanding and supporting me.”
Keep up wtih Kayla on Twitter at @ANTMKayla. She tells us Lisa D’Amato forced her into getting a Twitter account. “America’s Next Top Model” airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.