Eboni didn’t want to stay on ‘ANTM’ – even if Tyra Banks had allowed it
Eboni Davis was almost saved from elimination on “America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion” when fellow contestant Alisha White quit the competition and hoped her friend could stay in her place.
But the 18-year-old from Seattle, Wash., says she wouldn’t have stayed anyway – even if Tyra Banks would have allowed it.
“I didn’t necessarily want to stay. I wouldn’t want to be in the competition by default. I’d want to be there based on my talent and based on what the judges saw for me . . . even though Alisha wanted me to stay, I think I would’ve went anyway,” Eboni tells CTV.ca over the phone.
Eboni was sent home because Tyra and the other judges felt that even though the young model had a lot of potential, it wasn’t showing up in her photos.
They also thought she didn’t know how to “work her angles.”
Eboni disagrees with their reasoning and says the judges didn’t necessarily see her best photos during panel.
“I model outside of the competition. I had already modeled. I’m still modeling and I’m able to produce photos for clients and things like that,” she says.
“I think similar to Alisha, it kind of kills your spirit. Why is it that outside of this competition, I can be so successful and then coming into this competition, I’m not getting anything out of it.”
Even if her experience on “ANTM” wasn’t exactly what she wanted it to be, Eboni says she is still glad she did it.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. At times, I think the portrayal of me wasn’t exactly accurate but I’m still glad.”
Eboni is referring to how the show focused on her upbringing – how she came from a poor family and had to live with her grandmother in the attic.
“That’s something that I was made to repeat every time I went into confessional and I understand you have to kind of be a character that people can relate to because it is a show but at the same time, I don’t want people thinking that I’m using that as an excuse,” says Eboni.
“I’ve moved passed that. That was years ago. I understand that it’s a show but at the same time I want this to be about modeling, it’s not about my personal life.”
Eboni says the drama between her and fellow model Laura LaFrate also took away from the modeling.
“I think Laura had a lot of animosity towards me. You don’t necessarily see me lashing back out at her or saying anything negative towards her . . . I don’t know what the cause of all the drama was between (her and I). It’s mostly between her and herself.”
But despite some of the things she didn’t like about the show, Eboni says going to Canada for Toronto Fashion Week was definitely a highlight.
“I did really good that week and walked in the four shows and so that week is definitely a highlight. I really liked Toronto. It’s a beautiful city. Everything’s brand new and it’s just gorgeous.”
She hopes to one day to return to Toronto, and would also like to model in New York.
“I haven’t really gotten anything from the show but I think I have my own career outside of the show. I’m still working with my agencies – one in Seattle and one in Miami – and I’m planning a trip to South Africa for modeling,” says Eboni.
“There’s still a lot going on for me.”
About Sheri Block
Sheri Block has been covering entertainment for CTV.ca since 2008. In addition to covering Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding in London, Sheri’s highlights have included going on tour with “Canadian Idol,” being a stand-in on “Canada’s Next Top Model” and meeting Colin Farrell at the Toronto International Film Festival.Follow her on Twitter!