Apparently the last to hear that karma is a rhymes-with-witch, even to its own kind, trash-talker Bianca Golden finally was given her walking papers last week on America's Next Top Model (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET, CW). But despite the fact that she delighted in tormenting Heather, stabbed Jenah in the back, and picked fights with Saleisha, Lisa, and more or less anything else that moved, she still maintains that she's not bad — she was just edited that way. Are you buying it? Maybe TVGuide.com's Q&A with the wanna-been will help you make up your mind.
TVGuide.com: I was shocked that the show cut Heather, then you. I was sure the producers were going to make you the final two standing to play up your hatred of her.
Bianca Golden: So did I! [Laughs] But I didn't hate Heather. That's so not the case. We're good friends.
TVGuide.com: Come on.
Bianca: They made it seem a lot worse than it was. We're good friends. I showed her some tough love.
TVGuide.com: So I don't have to be scared to talk to you?
Bianca: [Laughs] No, I'm not like that. I do have my bad days, as everybody does. But I'm really friendly. If I was like [I appeared to be on the show] all the time, then I wouldn't have had any good friends in the house, and the girls and I were really close, so that wasn't the case.
TVGuide.com: Still, I have to imagine people are nervous to approach you on the street.
Bianca: I don't think people should be nervous at all! I'm really bubbly, and I love all people who support me or anybody who watches the show. I was a fan at one point, too! I loved Top Model and watched it from Cycle 1. I wouldn't be mean to anyone!
TVGuide.com: Has it been difficult dealing with your reputation as this cycle's villainess?
Bianca: Yeah. I'm kinda scared for people to come up to me and say anything negative! But that's why I do want people to come up to me, because then they can see that I'm not that person they saw on the show. I'm really friendly and really cool.
TVGuide.com: Do you think the judges perceived you as being nasty and eliminated you because of it?
Bianca: At one point, I did think that they were going to think that I was that type of person, but it never came up at panel. I think they saw that I really wanted this and that I was here to win. That was my mind-set, and I think they saw that.
TVGuide.com: I do have to give you props for maintaining a very clear focus on the competition. You were always game-on.
Bianca: Exactly. I didn't want to show any weakness to the judges or the girls. But that might have gotten me where I didn't want to be [with regard to] people getting the wrong perceptions of me, thinking I was just there for the competition. I was there for the competition, but at the same time, I should have relaxed just a bit more and enjoyed the girls. It was all a big life lesson, I think.
TVGuide.com: Did it feel like a slap when, after eliminating you, Tyra Banks told you to go home and get your friends to take Polaroids of you? I mean, you'd been shot by Nigel Barker by then!
Bianca: At the time, it did feel that way. But when I sit back and think about it, it was all helpful information. I've looked up to Tyra since I was little. I know she knows what she's talking about, and she doesn't want me going out there thinking I have the best portfolio in the world and then be confused as to why I'm not getting hired. So [I think she just wanted] me to get more practice in... and be more confident for a reason, not just confident because I was on this show.
TVGuide.com: Any regrets?
Bianca: I usually don't have regrets. I don't want to regret anything I do in life. The only thing that I would change a bit is crying and complaining about the challenge where we [had to be suspended from wires]. It was like, I have a big fear of heights, but I should have just sucked it up and done it.
TVGuide.com: Even I felt for you at that point, though. And when they cut off all your hair.
Bianca: I told myself back when I was watching the show that if I ever went on, which I planned to, that whatever they did to me makeover-wise, I wouldn't complain. I didn't mean to cry, but I was shocked, because, one, they told me I was going to get this long, golden kinda Tyra Banks-Beyoncé look, and the next thing I know, I'm bald! But at the end of the day, you know what? I didn't complain as much as some previous girls.
TVGuide.com: Have you kept the look?
Bianca: Yeah, I'm gonna keep it. I think it helped me tremendously! I don't think I would have gone as far if I didn't go through that [transformation], so I really give Tyra and Jay [Manuel] credit for that.
TVGuide.com: How do you feel about the girls now — or I guess more to the point, how do you think they feel about you? Any bad blood?
Bianca: No, that's all in the past. It was all in the spirit of the competition. I love the girls. We became like sisters. You develop a bond, because you live together for a long time. We went through a lot together. Shed some tears, had some laughs, had a couple of fights... just like sisters and sibling rivalries. Everybody wants to be on top!
TVGuide.com: Maybe you can explain something to me that I never understood: You became the Face of the Olympics in China even though you're neither Chinese nor an Olympian. What the...?
Bianca: I never really got the whole idea behind it, either. I just thought I won that billboard. So as far as I was concerned, that was it.
TVGuide.com: It was a nice billboard, at least.
Bianca: I felt that that was the best challenge win. Nobody else got the billboard on the water! I loved it, and I won't take it back!
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