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It's back to Dairy Queen for Kyle Kavanaugh. On last week's America's Next Top Model, the small-town sweetheart of the soft-serve set got the cold shoulder from Tyra Banks and her fellow judges, who declared the 19-year-old, in essence, awful pretty but pretty dim. Does the Dexter, Michigan, native have more potential than they realized? Before tonight's episode airs (at 8 pm/ET on UPN), read our interview and decide for yourself.

TVGuide.com: It's got to feel strange to hear, "You're probably the prettiest girl here. Buh-bye!"
Kyle Kavanaugh:
Yeah, apparently it wasn't enough to keep me there. It was nice to hear that, though, because I had no idea.

TVGuide.com: Obviously! You started crying way before you got the ax.
Kyle:
I know. That was a hard day. I kinda knew right when we got [to panel] that I was going home. I had that gut feeling, and unfortunately it was right.

TVGuide.com: Honey, you're a model — that feeling in your gut could have just been hunger!
Kyle:
[Laughs] That's true!

TVGuide.com: During the boot-camp challenge, it seemed as if you might not have been having the best time getting covered in mud.
Kyle:
Oh god, no. That may have been the worst experience I've ever had in my whole life.

TVGuide.com: Gimme a break.
Kyle:
I'm telling you this: It wasn't mud, that's for sure. And we had to sit in it all day long, so you can just imagine. It smelled and it was sticking to our skin. It was the most disgusting feeling. It smelled horrible!

TVGuide.com: What a girl! You should've sucked it up and put on a happy face. You know you're always being watched and judged.
Kyle:
It was hard at that point because it was just so disgusting. It's hard to put on a smile when there's the most hideous smell going in your nose.

TVGuide.com: Speaking of funky smells, I caught a whiff of jealousy when Elle Girl's editors dissed you. What was their complaint?
Kyle:
They said I lacked a variety of expressions.

TVGuide.com: How many pictures of you are they going to put on one cover? Did they really want to see your angry face? Your sleepy face?
Kyle:
I know, right? I would have given that to them if they wanted.

TVGuide.com: Did you have any idea while you were in the house that Jayla was as catty as she is?
Kyle:
Not a clue! She and I got along fine, and up until I saw the episode, I had no idea that she didn't like me! Apparently, we're not friends anymore.

TVGuide.com: Did it hurt when your jaw hit the floor after you heard her say you had no personality?
Kyle:
Yeah, she was really dishing it out. But what can you do? People are people, right?

TVGuide.com: And some people are nasty.
Kyle:
She had never said anything to my face, and I prefer that to behind my back. But she was always really friendly to me, so I never expected to see that.

TVGuide.com: Do they hold a model reunion so you can get back together with her and ask what was up with that?
Kyle:
We have a party on finale night, so I'll bring my game!

TVGuide.com: You seemed to thrive during the photo shoot that Tyra directed.
Kyle:
Thanks. I thought my picture turned out really well. Maybe [I did well because] I was just really comfortable around her. She's very relatable and personable, and I trusted her. It's amazing what Vaseline can do!

TVGuide.com: On an unrelated subject — or maybe not — do you have a boyfriend?
Kyle:
I did at the time of the show, but I don't anymore.

TVGuide.com: I wonder how he would have reacted to the supposedly sexy outfit you wore for the panel. You looked like a desperately sad housewife!
Kyle:
Yeah, that outfit didn't go quite as planned. That was horrible! I went into the room thinking, "I'm going to get a miniskirt and wife-beater and some cute stilettos." And by the time the three minutes were up, that's all I had in my hand.

TVGuide.com: Has Dairy Queen approached you yet about being their new spokesmodel?
Kyle:
No! Maybe you should talk to my boss about that. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: The panel seemed to think you'd be great at print and commercial modeling as opposed to couture. What's wrong with print? Somebody's got to do the plain ol' cereal ads, right?
Kyle:
You know, honestly, I love all kinds of modeling. I've done commercial modeling in the past and I love it. But I was hoping to break into high fashion because I have the body and the height for it — and hopefully the face! It's something I'd never done before, so I'm hoping to break into that.

TVGuide.com: Toward the end of your stay, you and Kim were getting pretty chummy, just like she and Sarah had. What is it about Top Model's resident lesbian that draws you gals to her?
Kyle:
Actually, Kim and I had been friends ever since semifinals, but they never showed it because they were busy with the whole Sarah-Kim situation. We're best friends, and we still are. I don't know what it is about her — she's just hilarious. And we helped each other through the whole thing. It's nice just to have someone there to rely on who you can trust. And Kim was it!