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In Depth: Angelea Preston of 'America's Next Top Model' Reveals All

Photo of Angelea Preston Styled By:  Tim Baldon & Photographed By: Ishmil Waterman 


Reality television fans. 'America's Next Top Model' fans. Angelea Preston fans. The wait is over. When Angelea told me she was ready to talk she meant it.

After months of Angelea and I attempting to secure a time for this interview the busy model and new mother was able to take the time out while caring for her sick son Eric (that you will hear in the background at certain moments) to catch up with us. I know many will say that she should have been taking care of her son and that her priorities aren't in order but, the truth is, Angelea is a very devoted mother. We appreciate Angelea's commitment to us and the fact that she did this interview while also caring for her sick son.

Ever since her surprising disqualification from 'America's Next Top Model: Cycle 17' fans have been wondering what happened. Did she win? Why did they rerecord the last judging panel? Was she disqualified because she was pregnant? Was she disqualified because she spilled the ending on social networking sites? You will find all that out in this interview. Not only that but, Angelea opens up about who her friends from the show are, who she doesn't like from the show, what happened after the show ended, and what she has coming up in 2013.



Angelea Preston sets the record straight about the controversy surrounding 'America's Next Top Model: Cycle 17'

Angelea: "...The assumption is correct. I did indeed win Cycle 17. Listen honey, I'm trying to write a book about my whole life and that part of my life is definitely, I mean my life is already interesting even before Top Model, I guess if you want to say, made me who I am or gave me my platform but, I guess that's the part everybody wants to know. They want to know the real story. No I did not blab on Facebook or Twitter..."

Sire: "I knew that because you know we were already friends on all the social networks"

Angelea: "Yea we're friends on Facebook so, I know when you heard that rumor you were, looking on my timeline 'wait a minute let me see if this bitch really did that,' honestly though Sire, that would be something stupid. The prizes were so incredible for that one cycle. Are you kidding me? I would not mess that up by going on Twitter and going on Facebook, 'yeah guys I won.' Like no, that's just not me. I would never do that.

And she continues...

"What I will say about them taking it away from me, and I'll keep it at that, until of course I get everything situated with a book deal, so I'll throw that it in the air. Basically, the reason it was taken away from me is hypocrisy...but, I found such peace when it was aired how it was aired because the way they aired it, they could have played it so many different directions where people didn't even question what happened to me, because I got sick over in Greece. So they could have written me off. They were filming all of this, I went to the hospital and everything. They could have used that but, either they wanted people to question it or they didn't think people were going to question it. People were just going to be like 'oh, okay, they're in L.A., Angelea's gone, okay,' but the fact that the viewers knew you 'something ain't right' and 'we know she won 'cus this is just like some bullshit like, this is just crazy how they're, wow.' I was so happy because that was the one thing that really upset me and hurt me. At the end of the day forget the money, forget the contract. I just want people to know I won and by the way they were talking about editing it, it was making it seem like no one was ever going to know I won, so that hurt me. I'm a winner and I came back and I won this and I want people to know. I don't care you can have the $100,000, you can have contracts. I'll hustle on my own to get that but, if people don't know that was originally mine, then I'm going to be upset and of course I'm going to be hurt. So that, when people knew that I won, I was just like 'o, okay, yes God, okay you know, you looking out for me 'cus I don't even have to say it, but people they know.'

On her relationship with Lisa after the show: 

Angelea: "...you know there was a time where I was upset at Lisa because of the way she handled the situation with the questions that were being asked of her but, then I also understand it now because, you know she has stuff, with a show like that she has obligations. Of course they gave it you you're not going to be the one to say 'well you know I really didn't win but, you know since they gave it to me...' No if you want your money you got to play by their rules. So, you know I was upset at her but, we're cool now. She sent the baby some gifts for the baby shower and she sent me stuff as well in the Summer time. So I'm very thankful to her as well."

On the shows editing: 

Angelea: "...there was one thing that I do remember, the perfume challenge. Dominique took extremely long. She took so long. So the camera, they were getting shots of us. I was rolling my eyes, Bianca was rolling her eyes falling asleep, Allison was like 'Oh God, please hurry up.' But, when you watch it when Allison is up they show Bianca rolling her eyes and me rolling my eyes..."

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOVE & RESPECT ANGELEA!! #FISHTACOS

melissa stephens said...

I FOUND IT INSANE HOW THEY EDITED IT.. AND PERSONALLY NONE OF MY BUSINESS BUT I DID THINK IT WAS CAZ SHE WAS PREGNANT WHICH IS A POSITIVE NOT A NEGATIVE BUT OMG YA IT WAS OBVIOUSLY MY FELLOW NYER (and now mommy) WON AND THEN MY OTHER PROBLEM YOU WANNA GIVE SOME BS SPEECH AND THEN THINK THE PUBLIC AND HER FANS ARENT GOING TO QUESTION IT AND THE SECOND WINNER BS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLISON ANGELEA SHOULD HAVE WON REGARDLESS OF WHAT BS THEY PLAYED ON HER AND I MEAN NO HATE TO LISA BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ANGELEA THEN ALLISON AND THEN LISA I MEAN SMSH SHE PEED IN A DIAPER JUST SAYING AGAIN NOT HATE I'M ALL FOR LOVE BUT GOOD FOR ANGELEA FOR KEEPING IT CLASSY AND GOOD Luck ON YOUR BOOK AND YOUR BABY <3

Anonymous said...

STILL NO REASON CAME OUT AND I THOUGHT THIS ARTICLE WAS SUPPOSED TO TELL ALL. BUT AGAIN, BS BY ANGELEA. NOW SHE CLAIMS SHE IS WRITING A BOOK AND IT WILL TELL ALL. ANGELEA DID NOT DESERVE THE WIN!. AND I BET YOU THERE WILL BE A LOT OF TROUBLE BEHIND THE SUPPOSED "BOOK DEAL". ITS DRAMA TIL THE END.

Anonymous said...

So , after such a long article.... And what is the reason ...????????

Anonymous said...

"Reveals All" or "Reveals the same crap as before?" But I've got this figured out.

She's alluded elsewhere that it was hypocrisy because she was disqualified due to something in her past while Lisa was admired by Tyra for her ability to overcome her past (including alcohol, and I believe drugs). So I'm thinking Angelea had a felony conviction for something which you're supposed to note on applications for these reality shows. But if she didn't let them know, then goes and says something like, "Oh, I've overcome so much since my felony conviction..." then the producers go, "Huh??? You were SUPPOSED to reveal that information from day one for the safety of yourself and everyone else."

SO there you have it. My personal sleuthing since Angelea is either contractually obligated or personally unwilling to reveal this info (unless it's in a book deal for $$$).

Anonymous said...

stfu haters

BooneH said...

Thank you to Leo and Angelea for revealing what really happened. I so appreciate you taking the time to do this interview and giving us the T on what happened during All Stars. Girl, you were robbed and those of us who know what goes on behind the scenes have always been on your side. We love you ( especially me, grrrrl! ) and only want the best for you. Glad to know you're succeeding more than the haters would ever give you credit for. They don't realize just how intelligent you really are and what an inspiration you are. I hate saying it ( not really ) but Ms. Banks showed her ass one too many times during all the seasons of ANTM by making bad decisions. She's not all she thinks she is and although she may try hard to be a good person and she is for the most part, she too is human and will therefore make mistakes. She made a huge one concerning you and so many other young girls as we all can see, it's now come to bite her in the ass. I wish her no ill will at all of course. That's not who I am. I respect her highly. I merely wish she would set the record str8 herself and just admit to her faults and the mistakes she has made over the years on ANTM. Angelea, good things are happening for you now and it's all because of the good energy and positivity you have put out to The Universe. Good things happen to those who deserve it. We all make mistakes and we all have to make mistakes or why else would we be here in this dimension and on this journey of life? We are all here to learn. You've come a long way, girl and I'm very proud of you as are all of your family, friends and fans. Keep up the great work and keep up the positivity! It will get you where you need to be and are already headed. Best of luck on the book and my best to your little bundle of joy. Take care darlin' and know you are loved by so many. - Your Friend Always! - BRMc

Anonymous said...

I really think it's wrong to say she did not deserve it. We should not make any assumptions! I mean if she was a felon or whatever i think it is her story to tell, but it is wrong to deny her of something she rightfully deserves. She won it fare and square! To be honest i didn't even care about her past. Does anyone even care about who the girls really are and where they come from?-I don't think so. We all know that most people are fake when they appear on the show, everybody has a story. Besides to be a model you kinda have to be somebody else to get jobs booked. So i say again the past does not matter, what matters is the future. I also think Tyra Banks should of done something about it as she does have the last say. Don't get me wrong I love Tyra especially because she is so understanding and compassionate toward people and she always tries to understand where people come from and encourage them to make a better choice in life or their future and i'm sure she believes in second chances. I am a south african and i do strongly feel that Tyra should give Angelea another chance at being a model with no competition. From what i've heard (read and seen on tv) Tyra has a good heart and always chooses to do the right thing. She has the last say >it is her show< And i think Tyra should grant Angelea what she deserves and worked hard for.

Anonymous said...

I suspected that Angelea was pregnant looking at her physique from beginning, and even more when Jay referred to her "weak abs" during the salad shoot in Greece. I saw more when she was being photographed on the rocks too.

Despite Angelea being pregnant, the judges got it right... Lisa as the winner of ANTM with Allison 2nd. I'm surprised that Angelea was not out before. One thing I can give her is that she was very smart.. quick to solve the riddles, such as "pop ledem" and "something to do with music."

Anonymous said...

Angelea was a whiny opportunist who at every chance she got made a big thing about being from the Ghetto. She did not deserve to win. Everyone has a sob story, and hers is hardly the worst I've heard. I would not want to win something because people felt sorry for me. The bottom lines is that she was nasty foul mouthed class free dumpster woman who couldn't get over herself. She never said a good word about anyone. Just how much better she was than everyone else, and how she alone deserved to win because her childhood was rough. You better toughen up girl and quit acting like you are so entitled!

Anonymous said...

what bull shit, Angelea is so full of herself. still not sure why she got the boot. also with your nasty additude you never would have won, even with that horse face. REALLY.

Anonymous said...

Angelea, you are one of the most annoying, full-of-herself, drag-queen-look-alikes in the show's history.
Can't believe they even booked you as an "all-star" let alone voted you the winner...what it's called it "reverse discrimination".

Anonymous said...

She didn't reveal sh*t! All she did was promote her dumb book. What an annoying drag queen. Shove your book up your arse, Angelea.

Anonymous said...

Angelea is a self absorbed cry-baby with no substance and sucks at being a model. She did not deserve to win the show/contract. Now she's writing a book? Who the f'k would ever want to read that garbage?

Sire Leo Lamar said...

The same people that claim to not like her but took out the time to read/listen to an interview as well as comment anonymously on it.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone hired this train wreck to do any modeling? I would suspect no, for the same reason you see very few ANTM contestants -- winners or not -- ever achieve anything. Their personality flaws (i.e. byatchiness) become glaringly apparent on the show. No employer wants to put up with that BS. The only one I ever see is Rayna. She's been on several commercials. She didn't win but was a very nice, upbeat person. The one who beat her -- Krista -- was an awful person and seems to have faded into obliviou.

Saman V. said...

Ummmmm... that didn't explain anything. I read that whoooolllleeeeee daym thing- and for what? And why on God's green earth would ANYONE read a book "written" by Angelea? It's friggen near impossible to even decipher what she's saying in an interview? You expect me to read a whole book of that ghetto mess? Please. Until she says what actually happened, I'm going to go ahead and stick with the rumor that she blabbed. But as far as I'm concerned, I have a hard time believing any story that involves her being the first choice because THAT seems like some serious nonsense. I have a theory- they found out she couldn't model and she got disqualified. LOLOLOL jk now I'm just hating haha.

Anonymous said...

Love you Angelea. I've watched the entire show only for you!God bless you girl, take care :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that it was taken away from her, if in fact she really did win. She is not a good role model. She has a foul mouth and said nothing but horrible things about the other ladies. And I cannot stand it when women refer to other women as "bitches". She used this term way too much. I wouldn't want her representing my magazine or company. She has no class, not even when she tries her hardest.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be surprised if she made it as far as she did by sucking a judge or exec because she wasn't remotely impressive in a single episode. I'll say that her song was pretty good but as far as modeling she's just awful. Dead eyes, awkward in photoshoots, and absolutely no idea how to pose. Not to mention her bad attitude. All she did was talk crap about the other girls, even some who valued her friendship. She mentioned every five minutes that she came from the ghetto and deserved to win. Her vague sob story couldn't even make her likeable. I'm not trying to talk crap but Lisa said it best when she described Angelea as someone who acted like the world owed her something. I have no idea how she made it as far as she did. If she would have won I would have lost respect for everyone responsible and stop watching the show. I wish her the best really but that cycle was irritating to watch. I am glad Lisa won, she deserved it. I would have liked to see Allison win too but she has a large fanbase outside of antm now and doesn't really need it so the finale was satisfying though an obvious insincere retape.

Anonymous said...

I agree with one of the Anonymous posters above. They may be on to something bc why would she say it was a "hypocrisy"? So I do believe some dirt came up from Angelea's past while they accepted Lisa's dirt in her past and made it seem like it was an obstacle in her life and they were by her side to the fullest. However, Angelea was given the boot for the dirt in her past which is indeed hypocrisy at it's best. It's just weird that it came up when it was at the time of judging. I feel someone sabotaged or rigged this win on purpose. Maybe a judge that wasn't a fan of her. Hmmm... It's pretty easy to find a mug shot on the internet.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Angelea should have stayed as long as she did. She seems so unprofessional, how many times did she break down in the All Star cycle alone? And Lisa shouldn't have gotten it either. Allison should have won. She was robbed in both of her cycles, and the fact that the judges would make her runner-up not once, but twice, just confirms what I already thought about Top Model being a joke and having nothing to do with real modeling. It's just a big gimmick and I don't know how somebody with as much experience as Tyra Banks can have such horrible taste in contestants as well as challenges...

Honestly, what was with making the models sing? She tried to sing and failed horribly, why make all of the contestants do it too? They signed up for ANTM, not American Idol.

Anonymous said...

She didnt win, she got discualified before panel, cant tell us why, therefor she can say what she wants but she didnt win.

Anonymous said...

This episode changed my view of ANTM. I was so hurt by what ANTM did. I was especially bothered that they picked Lisa over Allison. ANTM is no longer a show I enjoy watching anymore. It leaves such a bad taste in my mouth.

Anonymous said...

She says in the interview she got disqualified due to her past, cause she says she got angry because they gave it to Lisa because of her past which is the reason Angelea got dq'd. So how does that mean she won? She even says twice that they dq'd her because of what she did in her past... They had to refilm the end because the producers didnt want to show the evaluation of everyone when she got disqualified.

Anonymous said...

Always wondered what happened, still not sure. Thought Allyson and Laura were the best choices, sorry they were overlooked.
I will continue to watch ANTM, I love it :) Looking forward to the "CO-ED" season, sounds like fun!!

Anonymous said...

I feel that Allison should have gotten the win, with thAt being said, ppl just remember every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Also miss thing...get over ur self sorry ANTM couldnt get ur ass out of the ghetto but sweety put ur big girl panties on, and start marchin to ur future. Every single person on gods green earth has a tale to.tell (just the same as Allison and Lisa) u r not entitled, or special, and the world nor ANTM owes u a good god damn thing. Quit ur bitchin be thankful for the wonderful little bouncing bundle of joy happinesz and love god has given you. If u have health love, and a few bucks in your pocket, trust me u have it alot better than some others. Just sayin BIT©H...I took notice u like that word so i used it.

my opinion said...

Allyson should have won! She looks so much younger then Lisa. Lisa seem to me that she was there for the ride, unlike Allison who really seemed she wanted it more. She really is model material. I am not haten on Lisa just giving my honest opinion. As for Angelea, her attitude and lack of professionalism should have been reason enough to disqualify her!!!

Anonymous said...

Has it occurred to you that Lisa must have followed the rules and divulged everything in her past up front and Angelea didn't, thus disqualifying her?

Anonymous said...

It should have been Allison...I think Angelea "getting sick and in the hospital" was from drug use.

Anonymous said...

Thankfully someone understands Ghetto and could translate for us!

Anonymous said...

I agree. While I watched the finale my first thought was that Angelea used some form of drugs and got caught. Everyone is beating around the bush instead of opening their eyes. You could tell by the end of the cycle how emotional she was becoming. In the start, she wasn't like that. Its pretty obvious that whatever she did ANTM would have embarrsssed and that's why they were so quick to play it off on the show like they did. At least they didn't put her on blast on national television... which they could have done. Regardless of the fact, I don't think anyone will every answer the real reason why she was disqualified.

Anonymous said...

i kept wondering why lisa had a pretty subdued reaction to her "win". she is usually NEVER subdued. so that was a big false note. but she does have star quality and does deserve to win. angelea is an awful, meanspirited, hateful woman. very spiteful, vengeful, NASTY. who wants someone like that to win? what kind of role model is that?

Anonymous said...

Watching the show i did get annoyed with the angelea character but i admit a certain anger grew in me because i felt like she was short changed at the end. She should have been allowed to face panel and account for whatever she did. Out of all of the girls none of them were great they were runner ups in their previous cycles for a reason they made the show interesting. I just don't understand why ANTM has to have a bunch of charity cases on air all the time pick some normal people for a change who actually deserves and want to be there

Anonymous said...

Angelea was rescued from the bottom two enough times to make me think the whole season was rigged in her favor. Allison should have won- she was the one who was robbed twice.

Anonymous said...

Angelea was a terrible model, terrible to work with, and really on the unattractive side. An affair with someone - one of the judges, etc. - wouldn't surprise me. Or something undisclosed about her past that was serious for a role model. Or something she did during the contest. Was the winning blog really written by her? I was surprised someone so inarticulate - as far as standard English is concerned - wrote the winning blog. To have all this speculation be preferable to the truth.... makes one wonder all the more.....!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. This is pretty much the same thing that I have been thinking. Because it is silly for her to be disqualified for pregnancy on the FINAL show. And she's not stupid enough to go posting on FB or social networking about winning.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh the blog ��. She probably cheated somehow. She was so spiteful and mean on the show.

Anonymous said...

Maybe she was born a male....invetro would solve the baby questions xD

Anonymous said...

Pot ledom. Top model backwards ya that takes brains. Check your spelling by the way.

Anonymous said...

Cldnt have said it better. If she had won I never wld have watched pot ledom again!

Lindsay said...

I think she got pregnant by the male model because she kept saying in the interview that if not for the show she never would have had her son. Even if that is not the case, either something like a felony conviction in her past or hooking up with the model in her recent past, it was clearly a skeleton in her closet that disqualified her. I think she deserved to have won.

Anonymous said...

I loved Angelea! In my opinion she is an awesome model and a great competitor. Regardless of the reasons they might of had to disqualify her, she would of been a finalist with Lisa. Lisa was more consistent and showed diversity which was a big plus and ultimately deserve to win.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Angelea well enough to know why she was so insecure, but from the behavior I saw on-screen, it was of someone who didn't entirely believe in herself and felt she had to put others down to make herself feel better. When people good-naturedly called her out and tried to tell her how ridiculous her insecurity is in light of her beauty and talent (and yes I did think she was both beautiful and talented), she got defensive and went off on people. She did nothing to HELP people understand where she'd been or why she was who she was, but complained that people just didn't understand. It was her attitude that was her undoing. Congratulations to Lisa D'Amato, she was also a beautiful person who didn't let her past define her but disclosed it and used it to help others, got help for herself, and excelled

cancertwin2 said...

For the life of me I can not understand how she made it as far as she did on the show. Her modeling was as horrid as her attitude. I almost stopped watching the show because of her. Whatever she did to get disqualified, it was a blessing in disguise. I think Lisa or Allison were better picks. Some really good modeling got sent how while this ghetto hot mess remained. Pitiful and truly unrealistic. I hope her the best in her future which hopefully doesn't have actual modeling in it. BTW I won't be checking for her book.

Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of the show. It was either a skeleton in her closet or she somehow compromised herself. These shows have lawyers on retainer. WHEN she got DQ'D it was for a very legit
reason, they would not have done it on a whim. I do not think she should have been in the final three at all, neither does my husband. She is just so GHETTO, we could not understand half of what she tried to say.

Anonymous said...

I WANNA KNOW THE TRUTH!!!

Iweegee said...

The girl was disqualified FOR A REASON!! These shows have well paid lawyers,so they are NOT going to disqualify someone over some BS! Angelea had the FACE,and the BODY for this show,PERIOD! Once she opened her mouth, it was PAINFUL to watch. Even now she's being evasive and still NOT answering the question, hoping for a "book deal" to reveal all ????????
PA-LEAZZZZZZZZZ. You went further than you should have be glad and get over it.

Anonymous said...

BTW: "pot ledom" is not top model backwards. Top model backwards would be "ledom pot". It was a stupid idea to begin with. How many famous models are singer/songwriters??

Anonymous said...

If there was a book deal to be had, she would have gotten it by now. Her 15 minutes of fame are over. If she's not working as a model by now, she never will be. Stick a fork in her, she's done.

Anonymous said...

So, why did she get qualified??? The article is filled with typical Angelea rhetoric. But you have to admit, she is clever and has an American talent..."talking in circles".

Good Luck Angelea! I hope you and reality collide before you have the baby as he or she will need a mother who is in touch with a reality other than their own, and has an intimate relationship with the whole truth!

Anonymous said...

They propably found out she plagerised her blog - no way that someone so illiterate would be able to publish a blog good enough to impress vogue italia

Anonymous said...

she is NOT an allstar, neither is Lisa!!!!

Anonymous said...

I feel that you should have been crowned the winner Angelea as that you are! In my book you are the winner and nothing or no one will change that! As for these haters on here hating so hard, I would have to say that you all need to have several seats with that bull s@%# you all are taking about. You haters were born to do exactly what you all are doing right now, Hating! Do your thing Angelea!

Anonymous said...

Angelea is a ghetto Bitch that whined all the way thru ANTM All Stars, and thinks the world owes her a living. Book? Ha! She better get Dragon first, if she can even handle a computer without breaking down!

Anonymous said...

Angelea did NOT win her season! Who the f does she think she is, LOL! ghetto loser!

Anonymous said...

Angelea looks like a man. She is meanspirited and hateful. A horrible model, spokeswoman and ghetto girl from him. No way did she win ANTM! Drug use sent her to the hospital in Greece, fyi

she love. said...

DRUG USE

Anonymous said...

She was eliminated because whe was a prostitute at age 14.

Jermaine Demot said...

I love angelea for being strong but ever since the pressure came to her, she keeps breaking down, she always cries with bad coments and all she think's is that people are blaming her because of her past but actualy, they just want to point out the things she needs for improvement. the real problem is that she CANT get over her past unlike lisa d' amano. Angelea a good model but she breaks herself down and blames other people for thinking she's not a good model. most people ddnt understand wat dominique was trying to say that "wer saying this cuz we love you", but i do. the realy just want her to stop losing herself everytime someone says sumthin negative about her. still luv u till the end angelea. Hope u can break free from the shell ur hiding

Anonymous said...

Allison is in the rising star from the all star cycle. She is in demand over in Asia. Not only did she walk in a Michael Cinco fashion show, but she was the face of his perfume. Not to mention countless photoshoots, and a judge on a reality show in Asia. Oh yeah, she also making a cameo appearance on Antm cycle 21!

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