Sarah VonderHaar, <EM>America's Next Top Model</EM> Sarah VonderHaar, America's Next Top Model

Don't hate booted America's Next Top Model contestant Sarah VonderHaar because she's beautiful. If you're going to hate her, do it because she's beautiful and enviably versatile. Not only is she pursuing careers as a covergirl and a photographer, she's also on the verge of pop-rock stardom. For the skinny, gave her a call before tonight's episode (airing at 8 pm/ET on the CW). When you were next to Whitney in the bottom two, you looked pretty sure you were going home. Is that because you thought they wouldn't get rid of the two plus-size models back-to-back?
Sarah VonderHaar: Yeah, kind of. How bad would that look? But I thought it was my time. You kind of know. I'd had an amazing talk with my mom on the phone before I went to panel, and she was good to me. She said, "Baby, no matter what happens, you'll always be my Top Model." It was amazing hearing that. I thought your comp card looked really good, but the judges kept knocking you for being too "posey." Isn't that what modeling is — posing?
Sarah: I thought it was kind of contradictory, too, to tell you the truth. You don't get to keep those images when you get "das boot" as I call it; I'm German. I always thought, "Oh, I did so horrible!" because it's so ingrained in your mind, but when I look at them now, I'm like, "You know what? I really like them." I didn't like the innocent one, but I really liked the anger one. And the happy one? That's me when I'm giggling. And the regret one was beautiful. But some people have different opinions, and in the end, it's their opinion that matters, not mine. During the gender-bending shoot, when you got to look at your film with Mr. Jay before continuing, were you able to see what he was complaining about?
Sarah: Sort of. I looked a little bit cartoony, I'd say. It's sad that I know this, but because I'm a photographer, I know that the [wide-angle] lens they were using gives you kind of a cartoony look. Remember Jaslene's picture, where she looked bigger than the drag queen? That's what happens. It was good to see the shots, because I didn't know which lens they were using before. Were you extra-critical of yourself, being a photographer?
Sarah: Very, actually. With my photography, I'm very particular on details, which helps with photography, but it hindered me a bit in this competition because I overanalyzed everything. It's a cliché, but being a model, I should have turned off my brain and stopped thinking! Do you think Renee was using it as a strategy when she made a big deal about the fact that you have other goals besides modeling?
Sarah: Oh, yeah. [Laughs] I thought it was very ballsy of her to even say that. Questioning me about why I'm here? Just because I love more than one thing doesn't mean that I love modeling less. Tell me about the catalog competition that you won. Dionne seemed to think she should have won for styling you.
Sarah: I want to set the record straight on that. I don't think that it was portrayed very well, but I actually went up to Dionne afterwards and said, "I'm sorry. You're not mad at me, are you?" And she said no. But when I saw the clothes, I did say, "I want to wear the blue," because I know that blue looks really, really good on me. I don't think she really had a right to be mad at me because the judges picked me as the winner. But I still apologized to her and Renee afterwards, and I thought everything was quashed, but I don't know.... I felt so bad, especially when I watched it! But I talk to Renee all the time, and she's like, "Don't worry about it!" Oh, really? Is she normal in real life?
Sarah: [Laughs] I love that. "She's normal in real life?" That's awesome. She's not the bitch. It was a competition, and in a competition like that, sides of people come out that... well, that's Renee. She's portrayed as she is, but she's got different sides. [Their revelation will] come with maturity, I think. Do you have any regrets about picking Moe from The Simpsons as your superstar name?
Sarah: I actually have a little bit of regret. I should have gone with my gut instinct and chosen Sarahvon, but I thought, "I'm gonna try something different." Again, I have to stop thinking so much! But I chose Moe and I went with it. I thought it was cute, actually, but Benny [Medina, Tyra Banks' manager] didn't like the face that I made when I said "Moe." Maybe it would have been better if you'd had two other girls go in with you as Larry and Curly!
Sarah: That's what I was saying! No, I'm kidding. I'm a goofball! That's why it's even funnier! I'm the biggest goofball, so Moe kinda works for me. But hey, whatever. Benny seemed like a tough audience. Not really a warm and fuzzy kinda guy.
Sarah: No, not so warm and fuzzy. Did the other VIPs talk to you or just sort of stare and hope that you would do something to amuse them?
It was very intimidating walking into that room. They were ice-cold when I walked in there, but they seemed to like when I talked about my photography. I think I impressed them. Will you be looking up Benny now that the show's over?
Sarah: Actually, I've been busy recording my album, so I already have a manager and representation in New York. Otherwise, I would! What's your sound like?
Sarah: It's kind of like Sheryl Crow meets Corinne Bailey Rae. You can actually hear it at So one way or another, we're going to hear about you again. We just don't know if it will be for photography, modeling or singing!
Sarah: I know! I'm an artist. I love expressing myself through creativity. It's so exhilarating for me!

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