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'ANTM' Seymone Cohen-Fobish Q&A: 'People made assumptions about me'

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Seymone Cohen-Fobish's face in her photograph this week may have impressed the America's Next Top Model judges, but that wasn't enough to save her from claims about her attitude and she was sent home.

Seymone spoke with Digital Spy about her time in the competition, the show's upcoming cast shakeup, whether she really has a bad attitude, wearing that painful Hello Kitty headpiece, and eating British food...

America's Next Top Model British Invasion: Seymone

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We saw that you were really emotional after your elimination - can you talk through how you were feeling?
"I just, I wasn't ready to go home. I think that I could have done so much more. I mean, this was a really big opportunity for me and it means the world to me, and so for it to just be cut short like that, it struck a big nerve."

Were you expecting your elimination or was it quite a shock?
"I was actually shocked. I didn't know that they thought that I wasn't grateful for this opportunity. I was really shocked when I was hearing everything, so I guess I should have come off differently."

You mentioned just after you'd been eliminated that you thought other people should have gone before you - maybe they wanted to walk out. Who were you talking about?
"Well, I think that a lot of people have or had their weak moments, and they were still in the house. I just feel like if you're wanting to go home, then you need to go home. I just don't understand - or I didn't understand at the time - why I was being sent home and those other people weren't. But, I mean, it's a competition and I guess the judges don't see exactly what goes on in the house and the discussions that we have, so I guess it's my fault because I should have portrayed a different emotion to let them know that I was truly grateful for everything that they were doing for me."

The judges mentioned that your elimination was partly because of your attitude - do you think that was unfair, then? Do you wish you'd had more of a chance to show how grateful you were?
"I don't think it was unfair but I don't think they understood, because everybody was making an assumption of how my attitude was to a certain situation and then jumping to conclusions, and they weren't asking me exactly what was going on and why I was upset, and so I guess in a way it was not thought about well, I guess you could say."

ANTM British Invasion - Episode 8 - Seymone

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When you were at the castings and you were talking to the models about being unhappy, was Kelly around? Do you think if she hadn't heard that you could still be in the competition?
"Oh no - she didn't get to hear what was going on. All she saw was that I was upset and she doesn't know why. I mean, I guess that's okay but I most definitely feel like people should have asked me instead of just ganging up on me and always saying stuff in, like, confessionals, because they don't know what it's like. They don't get it."

When I spoke to Kyle last week, she mentioned that you were one of the models who maybe got a bit picked on. Is that right?
"Um, I don't think I was picked on. But the way that I am, I like it when someone voices their opinion, because I'm not going to hold my opinion back for you, and if I feel a certain way about you or if I feel like a certain situation could be handled differently, then I'll sit down and talk to you, and I would expect the same from somebody else. But I just feel like they jumped down my throat sometimes when they wanted to talk to me, and I just feel like it was unnecessary."

Were you surprised when you watched the show back and saw what people were saying, or did you know at the time?
"Actually, I did not even know. And honestly, it really doesn't even matter to me, because I talk to the girls now and we really don't even hold anything back. It was a competition and so I guess the competitive side of people's going to come out. It's not always the prettiest side and it causes people to say things. So I mean, I'm not going to hold a grudge against people - it's not what I do. I don't believe in that."

Let's talk about your photoshoot! What was it like modeling that headpiece? It looked so difficult!
"Oh my gosh! I had to ice my neck and my forehead, because I bruised my forehead and my neck felt like... have you ever slept wrong and woken up with a crick in your neck? Well, that's what my whole neck felt like when I took it off, the whole next day. I don't know what it was - my neck was shaking and I felt like I couldn't hold my head up! It was so difficult just to balance my head. I did not like the headpiece!"

America's Next Top Model Episode 7 - Eboni, Sophie, Estelle, Seymone (on table) Catherine and Annaliese

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Do you think you had one of the most difficult outfits to wear?
"Almost definitely! I was the only person that had a headpiece like that, that weighed that much. Everybody else had like a hat or something - I felt the difference between theirs. We were all just messing around and trying on different stuff. My headpiece was the biggest, it was the heaviest, it was the most difficult!"

So which shoot would you rather do again - the Hello Kitty one or the one with the syrup?
"Being the fact that I got a good review on my syrup one, I'd probably do the Hello Kitty one over. I'd just make sure I had a lot of ice - a lot of ice! To take the pain away. Because that hurt really bad!"

But even though you were eliminated, Tyra said she loved your face in your photo, and I think so did Nigel. So you must feel good about that.
"I don't think you can ever feel good about being eliminated, but just being the fact that Tyra gave me the chance to be on the show period and she saw something in me is probably one of the most amazing things in my life. And I'm going to always remember this forever. I've always looked up to her and it's just surreal having her call your name and just being on her show and talking to her. It's just really cool."

What do you think the show will be like without Nigel, Jay Manuel and J Alexander?
"Oh my gosh. I think that the Js and Nigel - they brought their own personality to the show. I'm not saying it's taking away from what America's Next Top Model is but they've been there from the beginning and I just don't think it'll be the same."

America's Next Top Model British Invasion - Episode 4 (J. Alexander) - Seymone

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Going back to your cycle, we've seen the rivalry between the UK models and US models - was there real tension there?
"To be completely honest, it wasn't like a rivalry or anything. We're just like a bunch of girls living in a house with different personalities and hormones and different things going into the matter. And so to be honest I think I've only had one argument with the UK, and within ourselves... like, the Americans have had arguments with each other and the UK girls have had plenty of arguments with each other. I just think it's a bunch of girls. Like high school!"

Did you find it hard living with the other models?
"Oh my gosh. I have never in my life had a roommate before. I lived by myself in my own apartment and then, like, I have sisters but I've never lived with them. It was interesting. It made me think about the fact of me wanting to live with my best friend... I think I'll stay living by myself for a while just to maintain the friendship that we have!"

Who were you hoping would win when you left the show?
"I mean, just being the fact there's the US against the UK and it's America's Next Top Model, I'm always rooting for America. But if there weren't any Americans in the competition, then I am 100% rooting for Catherine, just because her face is amazing. You can't find somebody that looks exactly like her - it's ridiculously hard. I think her personality is so sweet - she's such a pure-hearted person. She's so sweet and I just feel like she'd be a great face for America's Next Top Model."

ANTM Brit Invasion Episode 5 - 'Beverly Johnson' - Seymone

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What was your favorite moment from the show?
"My favorite moment... I think all of the girls were in the UK room. We were sitting down and we were eating pizza. We were being the contradiction of a model - we had these two huge pizzas with a whole bunch of mozzarella sticks and buffalo wings and we devoured the whole thing and then we went and got in the pool. It was just like an at peace moment. Any time we were in the house it was nice - it wasn't like a competition or anything, it was just like a whole bunch of friends, like a big sorority, living together."

Now that you've mentioned food, I've got to ask you about the British food you had to eat earlier in the cycle!
"That's disgusting, and I plan to be eating a lot of McDonalds if I ever go over to the UK, because that food is not cutting it! It's really nasty! It was really gross, actually."

You did a lot for your team in that one, didn't you?
"I did! And I paid the consequences for that - I was very sick afterwards. Very sick!"

So what's next for you - do you want to keep modeling?
"Oh, most definitely. There's no doubt about it - I'm going to continue modeling, because I've got my foot in the door and people have already seen my face, and being the fact that I'm such a new model and I've gotten so far in this competition, they know that I'm a force to be reckoned with and I'm not just going to walk away. I'm not going to go away period!"

America's Next Top Model airs Wednesdays on The CW.

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