On “America’s Next Top Model,” Azmarie Livingston was eliminated after her refusal to don the butt pad in Tyra’s booty tooch teaching seminar. She tells Zap2it that she knew it was coming and she doesn’t regret her decision.
Were you surprised you were the one to go?
“No. I knew the minute I told Tyra no, I wasn’t gonna wear the butt pad, that I was gonna get sent home, especially when she said you can’t participate in the booty tooch session.”
The show is pretty infamous for putting the models through some kind of ridiculous stuff. Did you expect that going in?
“I was aware of it. Going in, I knew if there was anything I wasn’t comfortable with doing, I had the right to say that I didn’t want to do it, even though it could jeopardize me being a part of it. And that was the situation I ended up in … I wasn’t getting eliminated for my body of work.”
What exactly about the butt pad was off-putting to you? Or was it the booty tooch exercise in general?
“It wasn’t the tooching in general, it was just the pad. I don’t know. I didn’t feel comfortable. In my mind, I’m like, ‘I don’t mind tooching, I tooched the other day in the syrup shoot.’ But when she was like you gotta wear the pad, I don’t know, everything in me just kind of shied up and I backed away. I was like, no, I’m not gonna do this.”
Do you regret your decision?
“No. No, I don’t. It was something I believed in not doing. I wasn’t comfortable. Everything else was fine for me, I just felt like at that point — I don’t know what this has to do with modeling, as far as using a pad, not so much learning the positioning … Then I got shown in a whole other light ’cause I said no … I’m glad they showed me apologizing to Tyra, ’cause it had nothing to do with me trying to make her look bad, or say anything towards Tyra or the opportunity she was giving me.”
What’s next for you?
“Since the show wrapped, I’ve kind of been low key. Now I’ve had a lot of offers come in, scripts for TV and for film, as far as the music side of things, I’ve met some really awesome producers that I’ve had the opportunity to play them some stuff.
I plan to continue modeling. I’m not represented by anyone at the moment, but I do plan on going back out an seeking representation so I can continue moving forward with my career.”
“America’s Next Top Model” airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.