Jennifer heartbroken about not making 'ANTM's' final two

Jennifer heartbroken about not making 'ANTM's' final two
by: Sheri Block

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Even though she impressed the judges and scored the top photo the week before, 23-year-old Jennifer An was the next to be eliminated from “America’s Next Top Model.”

The 5’5” Pennsylvania-native was one of two girls eliminated this week in an episode that saw the finalists learning the hip-hop hula and posing like volcano goddesses as their adventure in Maui continued. Erin Wagner was also sent home.

Jennifer struggled during her photo shoot as she tried to make herself look taller by standing on her tiptoes, and host Tyra Banks thought she forgot about her face.

This is the first time “America’s Next Top Model” has featured petite models standing 5’7” or less. The winner will receive a modeling deal with Wilhelmina Models, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl and a cover shoot for Seventeen Magazine. The two remaining finalists, 19-year-old Laura from Stanford, Ky., and 18-year-old from Louisville, Colo., will compete for the title in the finale tonight  at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT on CTV. caught up with Jennifer following her elimination to talk about how it feels to be sent packing so close to the end.

How does it feel to be eliminated right before the final two?

It was really heartbreaking. I did not want to leave! But I didn’t have a choice. They didn’t ask me my opinion.

Earlier in the episode, you looked the most shocked when Jay Manuel said two girls would be going home. What was your reaction to that?

I wear my emotions on my sleeve, don’t I? … I was shocked but I really tried to not digest the information. I was just really worried about, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to be cut in half.’ It’s so nerve-wracking to go into something like that, knowing that. I wish they would’ve told us that after the photo shoot but then if they told us that after the photo shoot I would’ve been bitching and complaining they should’ve told us before.

You seemed to struggle with your poses and you were standing on your tiptoes. What do you think happened during that photo shoot?

I’m always deathly afraid that whenever I walk into panel, my picture is going to make me look short … so I kept thinking to myself, ‘Ok, I don’t know what the other girls are doing but I’m really going to try and make sure that I look tall’ because if nothing else, I want to make sure that I don’t hear the critique that I look short. I tried really hard but I think I got in my head a little bit too much and let the elements affect me.

Tyra said you forgot your face in the photos and some of your poses looked amateur. Did you agree with her after you saw your picture?

I do. We don’t have the opportunity to review our film so really, Tyra’s eyes are our eyes and I have no reason to believe she would be unfair to me at the last panel so I absolutely agree with everything that she said.

The week before you had the best photo so were you feeling pretty confident going into the panel?

Yes and no. I felt confident that Ok, last week I did well, but it’s getting down to it and the elimination pool is so much smaller. There is no such thing as confidence walking into panel when there are only four girls left. So really, I just walked in just holding my breath like I always do.

What was it like to spend that much time in Maui?

Oh my God! That’s just one of the biggest blessings I’ve ever received … It was amazing and our house was un-freaking-believable, that pool was heated … it was such an adventure and it was amazing to be there with those girls.

Laura picked you to go back to Maui with her after she won a trip during the hip-hop hula challenge. Have you two gone back yet?

No, we haven’t. They haven’t told us (when we can go) yet but we’re going to take millions of pictures (and) trust me, you’ll all know when we’re back in Maui.

What are some of your favourite moments from being on the show?

We celebrated Laura’s birthday while we were in Maui and that was absolutely one of my favourite moments. It was the most touching and really the most endearing moment that we’ve had together, at least in my opinion. Laura’s my favourite girl, on the show and just in general. She just has such a great big huge heart and that was so amazing for me. Other than that, scuba diving, cliff diving, meeting the JabbaWockeeZ and Lil Mama, all these opportunities, going to Cirque du Soleil … it was all pretty amazing.

What was it like to be critiqued by people like Tyra Banks and Jay Manuel?

It was humbling and it was really surreal because I am a long time fan of the show and to be able to stand there after watching seasons and seasons of (it) was just such an honour. They really know about the industry and I believe their critiques are the most valuable.

For someone who is 5’5’’ what kinds of opportunities are there to be a model? Do you think this show has opened up doors for you?

I hope so. Any of us girls could book campaigns with any makeup designers … there’s also magazines. I’ve done a knitting magazine before and there’s catalogue modeling.

What are you going to do next?

I’m going to get my SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card and I’m going to pursue modeling and acting and just see where things go from here. I feel like doors have only been opened for me and this is such an amazing experience. I’m going to try and run with it.



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