Jade – America’s Next Top Model
Q) Who is your favorite designer?
Q) Why did you decide to apply for the show?
A) I decided to apply since I was already an established model before the show and I thought this could be my big break. I could get more great exposure and also it could open more doors for me. Hey, it’s all about connections.
Q) What was it like meeting Tyra Banks?
A) I had actually met Tyra in 2003 so it wasn’t the first time I had met her, but seeing her again just brought back memories. It was another great experience and I have the utmost respect for Tyra. She’s a beautiful person inside and out.
Q) Do you think that you had trouble learning your lines for the CoverGirl commercial because you were nervous?
A) Not at all. All of the girls had cue cards, but they just showed me reading them. We all had cue cards. We all forgot our lines, even Joanie. It just wasn’t shown.
Q) Why do you think the judges chose Danielle over you?
A) I think that’s a good question for the judges to answer.
Q) What did you learn about modeling from the show?
A) I guess I would have to say I took all of their critiques to heart, life is a learning experience. I used their advice to further enhance my skills and I am still incorporating the life lesson I have learned to experience while watching the show at home. I thank Tyra for that.
Q) Do you feel the show portrayed you correctly?
A) Well, I have to say of course not. There is always two sides to every story. Unfortunately, everybody only saw the one side of me. I have a very strong character and presence. If people want to say I’m arrogant, that’s fine. I just think of myself as having a lot of confidence. I can be very compassionate, caring, empathetic and relate well with others. I could have left my winning combo, but that’s what makes me unique, strong and sweet.
Q) Were you upset by the show focusing on your poor pronunciation and grammar?
A) As far as my language goes, it stems from my artistic and creative side. I am a poet and a writer. I do it for the flow of sentences when I am in an informal and comfortable setting. I don’t feel like it’s a big dig. People are analytical and my language sparks off reactions so just chill out. Words are not static shackles based on humanity, they move and change. It’s my thing and I am ok to be different. I am okay with that.
Q) The judges mentioned you needed to be more humble. Was that something you’ve been able to recognize in your self and adjust?
A) Like I said, there are always two sides to a story and I really feel that it is fair to say that someone else could have been cast in that role. My exuberance and my personality, along with the whole Gina thing, became more of a focal point. There is definitely another side that the viewers didn’t get to see.
Q) What was your favorite part of life in Thailand?
A) Thailand was just absolutely beautiful. It’s an enchanting place that is full of ethnic charm and spirituality. Being there, in that culture, I loved it. It was very spiritual and serene. That’s what I loved about the place and I miss. It’s the culture and how humble the people are there. This whole experience was great and the whole atmosphere about Thailand was phenomenal.
Q) Do you still consider yourself to be the most undiscovered model?
A) I can say I am still the undiscovered supermodel because I really wanted to get that title out of the way and be the discovered supermodel. So, I guess I still am the undiscovered supermodel.
Q) What do you plan to do now that you are no longer on the show??
A) I am still modeling, of course. I have a lot of things coming up. A lot of things are happening for me. I don’t want to say because I want to surprise everybody in the future. I have a lot of things coming up. “America’s Next Top Model” has definitely been a healthy addition to my portfolio. It’s definitely opened up a lot of doors. Modeling is my passion and that’s what I am always going to do, but there are other things that I am definitely working on doing.
Q) Who do you keep in touch with from the show?
A) I love all of the girls. I keep in touch with a lot of them, actually. Nnenna and I are very close. I keep in touch with Furonda, Mollie Sue, Leslie, Joanie and Sara.
Q) What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?
A) Thank you so much for the support. Much love, respect and blessings to you. I can, honestly, say that there has been an overwhelming amount of love that I have received. I give it right back and I am so thankful for that. I love all of my fans and I really respect them. Peace and blessings.