ANTM: Q&A With Leila:
In this week’s episode, there was tension that started to build between you and Laura. How did you put that out of your mind and focus on the challenges at hand? Or did it affect you?
This week was the hardest week for me, emotionally. I think I had tried to stay so strong in the beginning and just let things go that I kind of let them build up, so this week was difficult for me for sure. The argument with Laura, it didn’t really rattle me but I was disappointed. I was disappointed in myself and I was disappointed that it came to that because I really do like Laura and we really did get along. I think I was just breaking down and getting a little paranoid because it’s a competition, you’re living with your competition. I think I let Kiara heat me up a little bit but I don’t blame her at all, that was my fault. It was a tough week and I kept telling myself I’m going to turn a new leaf over next week, I just need to get through this week and everything will be ok. I’ve been doing so well, I’ve been so strong and I just need to get by this week. But I didn’t really have the opportunity.
Were you nervous on your practice runway walk in front of Alicia Keys?
I was nervous! Before getting on the show I was comfortable with my runway walk, I didn’t think there were any problems. Then I don’t know, in that moment I realized that I had some things to work on. I was just so nervous and so stiff and uncomfortable because I was put on the spot. As a model, you have to be comfortable with that and I was just a little uncomfortable. Everyone was watching me, Alicia Keys was there, I was having a bad week as it was, and it was just a little frustrating for me.
What did it mean to you to be a part of Alicia Keys’ charity fashion show benefiting Keep A Child Alive?
That was amazing! Anything having to do with animals or children in charities I’m very interested in. It just makes me so happy to see that there are people out there doing so much. To be a part of that was crazy in that we got to do it doing something we like to do, modeling. I was so grateful to meet Alicia Keys. I’ve been listening to her music forever and she’s so adorable and so sweet in person. It made me feel special. It was incredible.
You worked with some Nine West accessories for the Keep A Child Alive fashion show – the felt floppy hat looked amazing on you! Is that similar to your personal style?
Oh my gosh I loved that hat! It is something I would definitely wear, I wanted to take it home so badly! I’ve been looking for a hat like that and I can’t find one. That color was just so perfect with my skin tone and my hair color. It definitely pulled the whole outfit together. It’s something I would wear everyday! I still am so bummed I didn’t get to keep it!
Can you describe what it was like for you walking the runway at the event?
I was really excited to get on the runway and work with Mara Hoffman. She’s super cool. Backstage I was asking her opinion on how I was wearing things, she was really sweet and she liked my walk. I was super comfortable the second I walked on the runway. I was a little uncomfortable with the male interaction. It was distracting because it was something extra we had to do and I wasn’t really sure how to incorporate that.
What was going through your mind when you heard Tyra yelling for you to move your arms?
That is what totally threw me off! The second I heard Tyra scream, “swing your arms, Leila”, I was first off embarrassed, and second just so uncomfortable because now, in the middle of the runway I have to start swinging my arms. How am I going to do this without looking like an idiot? How can I make this work? It felt like it kind of fell apart for me and I was so paranoid and anxious about it the whole rest of the night.
ANTM: Q&A With Leila: