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Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model
Top Model champ Danielle and runner-up Jade.
Perhaps no contestant on this season's America's Next Top Model suffered more for her art than Joanie Dodds, the snaggle-toothed 24-year-old who spent a day — literally, a day! — in the dentist's chair getting her smile straightened out. But although the results were stunning, she still finished second. Is she bitter? Angry? Ready to bare her fangs? Hardly. She remains the easygoing Grace Kelly look-alike who charmed the judges with her good humor and dazzling presence.
TVGuide.com: In your first meeting with the judges, you talked about feeling like the fat fourth-grader who got picked last for dodgeball. How do you feel now?
Joanie Dodds: Like the coolest kid in school, by far. The kid with the cool friends, the cool clothes.... I feel like a million bucks.
TVGuide.com: Was it easier or harder to be in the final two with Danielle, with whom you were pretty close, than it would've been to be up there with someone like Jade, with whom you, um, weren't close?
Joanie: If it had been Jade, I think there would have been a lot more drama between the two of us. But I just don't see how Jade could have even gone any further. It was like, "Please, lord, don't let her get top two!" With Danielle, who is such a good person... how can you be mad when the person who is winning is actually deserving?
TVGuide.com: Speaking of Jade, one of your great quotes — and there were many — was that anytime you were near her, all you smelled was bitch. Was it really bitch, or was it more sociopath?
Joanie: [Laughs] Sociopath, hmm... not quite. She definitely has some sociopathic tendencies, but I don't think she's that crazy. I just think she's... oh, who's kidding who? She's a bitch. But she really is a good competitor. She lit my fire! If it wasn't for her being there, I don't think I would have been so angry, like, "I hate this girl! Get her the hell out of here!" She gave me energy to feed off of.
TVGuide.com: Have you sent her a thank-you note for that yet?
Joanie: [Laughs] No, not yet, but you know what? She called me a couple of days ago, out of nowhere! I'm like, "How'd you get my number?" I mean, I didn't care, but that's weird. She talked to me for like an hour. She's like, "Is it all love, girl?" I said, "Yeah, it's all love, Jade. How can I be mad at you? You didn't do anything to me, I didn't do anything to you. You just got on my nerves a little." We made peace.
TVGuide.com: Wow, that's almost human!
Joanie: I know!
TVGuide.com: You got along with just about everybody... except, of course, when Sara did your elephant pose. Now was that really any different than learning from what Tyra Banks tells you, or trying something you see another model doing in a magazine?
Joanie: I was kind of annoyed because that was blown up a little bit too much, actually. It wasn't just that. During the competition, I had to share a room and a bathroom with Sara, and I just got annoyed with every little thing about her. I mean, wouldn't you, if you spent a week with your best friend? Don't you get kind of sick of them after a while?
TVGuide.com: You were living "Single White Model"!
Joanie: Yeah! It was like, "Can I borrow your eye shadow?" "Can I use this?" "Can I use that?" I was kind of flattered, I guess. It was a sweet-a-- move, you've got to admit. Wouldn't you want to try it? [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Um, maybe. So tell me, what did you and Danielle talk about that entire day spent at the dentist?
Joanie: They didn't show it, but Sara was actually right there with me through most of it. Danielle was actually there for the pulling of the teeth, and that was the worst, but she was a real trouper and stayed through the whole thing. I could tell she was a little squeamish, because every now and then she would squeeze my hand real hard. I was like, "Honey, you're here for me. I'm not here for you. Let me squeeze your hand!" (Laughs) But I was happy she stayed with me for such a long time.
TVGuide.com: During your initial interview, you talked about your stint as a cage dancer and the fact that your dad didn't know anything about it. I assume he does now....
Joanie: Yes, yes, and his response was, "You're an adult, and you make your own decisions. I have to pretty much live with it and love you for who you are. I'm not proud of it or happy that you did it, but you can't change what you've done." He's cool.
TVGuide.com: Aside from having that revealed to your father on national TV, what was your most embarrassing moment on the show?
Joanie: Honestly, I don't even know. I think the embarrassment and the shame just kind of went out the window after about a week of being seen naked by the cameramen.
TVGuide.com: I thought it might've been the outfits you had to wear during the last runway show. Man!
Joanie: [Laughs] You didn't like that? I really liked the gladiator one, because it was just my bare a-- underneath this tunic sort of thing, and I had these great strappy gladiator sandals on and a big headpiece. It was pretty cool.
TVGuide.com: I just don't see anyone going to the grocery store in that.
Joanie: No, it's definitely meant for the runway. It's like art or something.
TVGuide.com: How distracting is it to walk the world's longest runway with the judges standing at the end making faces and yelling?
Joanie: They didn't, actually. Miss J was getting a little rowdy, but I didn't ever see them yelling or talking. They might have done it when we weren't in front of them. But you had to walk the whole entire runway — I think it took four minutes! — before you got to the judges, so you're huffing and puffing and thinking, "Now I have to strike a pose? Ugh!"
TVGuide.com: So what's next? Are you coming to New York?
Joanie: I don't know yet. There's a lot of talk about which market would be better. I'm actually kind of leaning toward Los Angeles because I have a good support system out there and it seems pretty exciting. But New York is pretty awesome, too. I'm torn.