Sharp Tongue, Cutting Edge," The Stratis Times, 4/12/04
IT IS very easy to knock Elyse Sewell, the resident bitch on the reality show, America's Next Top Model.
She holds two college degrees and plans to go to medical school - a fact that the show keeps harping on. Plus she always has something negative to say about the other girls.
But the 21-year-old is not apologising for her behaviour. 'A lot of the girls on the show have said, oh, it was edited so badly, and it just looks so bad,' says Sewell in a phone interview from her current home in Los Angeles.
'But you know, I can't deny saying all those stuff.'
In reality, the Albuquerque native, who joined the show for a lark, is just as honest, but a lot less scathing.
'I don't really have anything horrible in my past for you to uncover, so don't get your hopes up,' she says jokingly.
It has been almost a year since the first season ended in the United States and she has spent that time modelling. She heads off to North Carolina in June to study medicine.
In retrospect, she admits to being very embarrassed about how bitchy she was, especially for her 'intellectual superiority' claims.
While she professes no love for some of the other girls, especially Giselle, Robin and Shannon, she is still in contact with Adrianne Curry.
'I did say a couple of bad things about her and I apologised and she understood,' she explains.
Curry also did her fair share of bad-mouthing in last week's episode, spreading rumours about Sewell's alleged eating disorder.
Which was untrue, says Sewell. 'I think the way that came up on the show was definitely borne of competition. Adrianne even confessed to me that a big part of it was her perpetuating the myth and she apologised.'
Soft-spoken throughout the interview, Sewell also said the producers twisted certain things.
Tonight's episode shows Elyse expertly navigating through the Paris subway system there, and conversing in French, while the other girls struggle to get their bearings.
What they left out was the French lessons the girls took prior to the trip. Alas, none of the other girls paid any attention.
She also just broke up with boyfriend and musician Marty Crandall, who made a guest appearance in last week's episode.
'He cheated on me when I was in Japan so he had to go.'
Currently finishing her one-year contract with Wilhelmina modelling agency, there are plans for her to do one more show.
'They are even talking about Singapore, so I might be in Singapore soon,' she teases.
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