As expected, Tyra Banks
named icy diva Yoanna House
the winner of America's Next Top Model
in this week's finale. That unpleasant sound you hear is the Shandi
fans grinding their teeth in frustration. (Grrr...
) Here, TV Guide Online quizzes the 23-year-old ex-baby-sitter on her dramatic 50-lb. weight loss, those eating-disorder rumors, catty competition and her mysterious lookalike!
TV Guide Online: Your clone on Sephora's Spring 2004 catalogue cover made folks peg you as the winner a week early.
Yoanna: [Chuckles] I don't think she looks a lot like me, but that's what the buzz is. I disagree. I asked everyone who knows me, "Does this look like me?" They say, "No way!"
TVGO: Her name is Cassia. Do you know her?
Yoanna: No, I actually don't know who she is, but I know Sephora had no idea who the winner was. So it couldn't be me on that cover!
TVGO: Were you bummed that this false clue sort of dampened the surprise of your win?
Yoanna: [Laughs] No, it's just more publicity for me.
TVGO: Once you reached Top Model's final three, were you sure you'd win?
Yoanna: I guess it was in question, especially when I was up against Shandi. Toward the end, I felt Shandi was my biggest competition because of her evolution and her metamorphosis and how she photographed really well.
TVGO: Did you mind Mercedes calling you a "bitch" — about a zillion times — during her interviews in the finale episode?
Yoanna: [Laughs] I think it's hysterical. It's down to the end and we were up against each other. We get along really well, and that's just her personality. I thought it was cute the way it was done.
TVGO: You were upset when Camille hinted to Tyra that you have an eating disorder. How did you lose the weight?
Yoanna: Just changing my eating habits, getting a trainer and working out. I'm just being healthy and loving it. As far as the situation with Camille, I just think it's ridiculous. It's making something out of nothing. I don't have an eating disorder. The girls backed me up on that on the show. They all felt bad, like, "Oh, how could someone be so mean to you?"
TVGO: Frankly, the first Model winner, Adrianne Curry, has not been a huge success. Does that worry you about your own chances for reaching supermodel status off this show?
Yoanna: No, just because Adrianne is Adrianne. She has her agency looking after her. I'm gonna work hard and I know IMG has an amazing management team. They represent some of the most infamous and great models who are doing the biggest campaigns. They're mapping it all out for me. I'm not really nervous.