Rae simply doesn't measure up on 'America's Next Top Model'
When tasked with appearing bubbly for a commercial taping, this model was cut after coming up flat.
Even though Erin Wagner broke out in tears during the final challenge on “America’s Next Top Model,” 21-year-old Ashley “Rae” Weisz was sent packing when the judges said she barely registered on the their radar.
On this 13th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model,” Tyra Banks has selected only models who are less than 5’7 for the competition.
CTV.ca talked to Rae about her elimination, and how she reacted to watching herself on television for the first time.
So has it been rough for you since you were eliminated from the show?
No! It’s been great to come home and be with my family again. I really enjoyed the competition, and I did work that I can be proud of.
Anything you would change if you could go back and do it over?
I don’t think so, I think I conducted myself in a manner that’s consistent with who I am and my values. I left the competition with a strong portfolio and that was what I wanted going in.
There must have been something you would want to change so that you could have won though, right?
Right, but I never really went into this thinking that I have to be America’s Next Top Model, you know? It was more about working with people inside the industry and networking and doing photo shoots. I was disappointed I left, but it was something I was prepared for.
What was your favourite memory of the whole experience?
My favourite photo shoot was the Cirque du Soleil one, where we flew to Vegas and worked with the performers. Doing the group shot, that was incredible, I felt like I fed of the energy of everyone involved.
What then would you say was your biggest challenge?
It was the critique from the judges week to week that I needed more presence, to let my personality shine through during panel. It’s very difficult to do because you only have a tiny amount of interaction with these people, and you can’t have a sit down conversation with them. Usually, you could do that with a client meeting or casting interview.
I’m calling today from up Toronto, where Jay Manuel hosts “Canada’s Next Top Model.” What were your impressions of him?
The first time I saw Jay, it was shocking, he looks exactly the same standing in front of you as he does on the television. Working with him was great. He was helpful. If every model had him around for their photoshoots, everything would run smoothly!
What was it like watching yourself on the show?
It’s really strange to watch yourself on television for the first time. The first episode I was terrified. I wanted to go hide in the closet. I had to watch it by myself. After that it became much easier and it was actually a lot of fun because a bit of time has passed in between when we finished filming and when the show aired so you almost start to forget about things that happened.
Are you planning on continuing your modeling career?
Definitely… modeling is something I’ve always been passionate about. I would love to do some international modeling.
What advice would you give to people who want to get into the show, or get into modeling as a career?
In the modeling industry, one of the most important things to do is put yourself out there. Take as many photos as you can with whoever you can, send them into every agency you know of, you have to be persistent. It’s a cut-throat business and you have to keep at it.