|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..."