'America's Next Top Model's' Alisha White: 'I'm stronger now'
Are you glad you did "America's Next Top Model"?
"Oh my God, I'm so glad. I can't express how happy I am to have the opportunity to come to America, to meet Tyra Banks, everybody was so lovely to me and I would do it all over again, honestly. I would do it all over again. I feel so blessed to be able to come to 'America's Next Top Model.' I don't feel like the public saw my supermodel ability, but the whole experience in itself was great for me. It was definitely a learning curve. I've learned so much about myself. It was definitely a privilege."
We were sad to see you quit the show.
"I'm sad that I left the show as well. That wasn't my intention whatsoever, but I wasn't happy at all. I had to go. I couldn't be selfish any longer. I didn't feel like pretending that I was OK. I wanted the other girls to sail through it and not have other girls hogging the plate."
Why did you leave?
"It was literally just that moment that I just thought this is not me. This is not how I want to do it. I want to be a model and a successful model and happy in my career. But I wasn't happy and I had to walk away from it."
So you are still interested in modeling?
"Definitely. I would never ever ever ever stop modeling. Modeling is my life. I live and breathe for modeling. It makes me happy. I wasn't understanding in the competition. I wasn't happy. It was like I was fighting a battle with someone I loved."
So what's next for you?
"First thing that I decided to do when I got back to London was repair Alisha. Alisha was a little bit broken. I wanted to repair myself and make myself into a better person. Now I'm working on a clothing line. I'm also going to start writing a book. This is not an ending, this is definitely the beginning for me. I'm so excited to show everybody what I can do.
Are you looking to return to the U.S.?
"I think at the moment I'm definitely going to do things in the U.K. But I think the U.S. is for me. I really think that. I love the people, I love the fast pace of the industry. I definitely feel like my destiny is in the states. I will be doing a lot more work over there.
I feel so much stronger now. That needed to happen, I needed to meet that pressure and then just go. I'm stronger now. I really feel like I could take on anything."
"America's Next Top Model" airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.