Jasmia Robinson was the first girl eliminated from “America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion.” She tells Zap2it that she doesn’t think having been on “Britain’s Next Top Model” gave the Brits an advantage.
Are you glad you did “America’s Next Top Model”? Was it everything you hoped or expected it would be?
“I’m definitely glad that I did ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ I got to meet Nigel Barker, Miss Jay, Tyra Banks, who had been my idols for years. Ever since I was a little girl I’d watched ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and dreamt of being on the show. To actually live it was a dream come true. I wish I had gone further in the competition, but I dont’ regret it. It was my first time in America and to be on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and to have that platform to America, which is the next country I want to work in.”
What was your experience like on “Britain’s Next Top Model”? Was it similar to this?
“Yeah, it was quite similar. Though in the competition, I was there for a long time. But it was pretty much the same. It was intense, you were away from home. I’d never modeled before the British one, never even worn a pair of high heels, so there was a big learning curve for me. I was just becoming comfortable with my body and face, really. So ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ gave me so much confidence and it taught me a lot.”
Do you think being on “Britain’s Next Top Model” gave the British girls an advantage over the US girls?
“Not really. I mean, the only advantage that we would’ve had is we were aware of reality TV. We understood that you’re filmed constantly and know more about the production structure. But even the American girls, it’s not like they’ve never modeled before. A lot of them had already modeled. The only difference is they haven’t been on a reality TV program before.”
Were you surprised you went home first?
“H*** yes. Oh my gosh. I was so surprised. I couldn’t believe it. Even after the photoshoot, I thought it I was definitely staying. Not in a cocky way, not in an arrogant way, but just whenever I’m given a task I will always give my very best and I felt like I did deliver. I gave options and different poses and also, I had a hard character. So yes, definitely, I was very surprised. No one wants to be the first one out of the house, especially when I knew I had so much more to give.”
Was the US/UK rivalry as intense as they made it look on TV?
“I mean, things are heightened when you want to win, but when it was just us actually living in the house, everyone connected and bonded. Especially for me, it was my first time in America, so I just wanted to learn so much about the American girls’ culture and their upbringing. It was fascinating hearing about their different stories.”
“America’s Next Top Model” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.