Jaeda Young, <EM>America's Next Top Model</EM> Jaeda Young, America's Next Top Model

Usually, when I sit down to prepare for a Q&A with an eliminated player from America's Next Top Model, I look forward to finding much dirt to dish. But this week, when I tried to think up questions for Jaeda Young, they all revolved around the same boring topic — her hair. And why wouldn't they? From the moment Tyra Banks gave her that (very chic, I might add) Halle Berry makeover, that's all the 18-year-old Iowan talked about. And cried about. And whined about. And then talked about, cried about and whined about some more. "Enough already!" I finally wanted to say. It turns out, I wasn't alone. Here, to whet your appetite for tonight's episode (8pm/ET on the CW), the self-defeating stunner admits that she worked her own last nerve, too.

TVGuide.com: First things first: Please, in the name of all that's holy, tell me your precious, precious hair has grown back!
Jaeda Young:
It's growing back. It's not all the way back to the way it was, but it's about chin-length.

TVGuide.com: Are you feeling better?
Yeah! It wasn't as big of a deal as I made it.

TVGuide.com: Gee, ya think?
[Laughs] Yeah, I did make a big deal out of it. And it did affect me, but now I'm over it.

TVGuide.com: How embarrassing has it been for you to have to watch episode after episode of you saying, "Wah, I have short hair!"?
I'm like, "What was I thinking?" But it really upset me at the time. I kind of grew up after the show; so in looking back, I can't help but think, "OK, I could have dealt with that a little different!" But you know... live and learn.

TVGuide.com: What was your family's reaction when you came home?
My parents are very supportive, but even they said, "You should have just gotten over it! It's not that big of a deal!" They kept telling me that over and over.

TVGuide.com: What did your boyfriend think when he finally got to see it?
He didn't mind it, really. He actually likes short hair, so he thought it was great.

TVGuide.com: I've got to tell you, I agree with him.
I know. Now that I look back, I'm like, "I'm such an idiot!"

TVGuide.com: Can you see a day when you would cut it short again?
Oh, yeah!

TVGuide.com: Now that you've "grown up," does modeling still seem like the career for you?
The show actually increased my passion for it.

TVGuide.com: Even knowing they might want to give you tattoos, piercings, Mohawks?
Yeah! It's fun! Might as well have fun with it. It's an adventure.

TVGuide.com: Did having to work with that racist butt-wipe Spanish model make you rethink your career choice at all?
The thing that bothered me wasn't really what he said. ["I don't like black girls."] I can take it when people say rude things. I grew up with that. It was more that he was not willing to participate in what he was supposed to do, [which] was to help me learn my lines in Spanish. That kind of upset me. But it happens.

TVGuide.com: Were you surprised that Tyra didn't stand up for you more and say, "Get this jerk off the set!"?
I was. Because of her being African-American and having trouble starting out because of the way she looked and things like that, I'd have expected her to support me a bit more. But I guess not! [In the end, I still] had to kiss him, I didn't know my lines, he wouldn't help me.... It was kind of a mess.

TVGuide.com: This is your big chance to get even by telling the world how bad a kisser he really was.
I'm sorry, he really wasn't that horrible! I can't lie and say that he was the worst kisser ever. That's the sad thing.

TVGuide.com: Well, you're the far better person for having said that. How did your boyfriend react to your having to kiss another guy?
Actually, we broke up, so it didn't really matter. When the show aired last week, we hadn't been together for about a month.

TVGuide.com: Geez, if you'd known you were going to break up, you could have made out with much nicer models. What a waste of a trip to Spain!
Exactly! All these hot guys, and I'm dating someone!

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