Winner's Chat with Tiana: "I DID IT! I DID IT! And I Did It For My Brothers!"
Congratulations Tiana!!!!! At the eleventh hour of All Star Battle, this Bad Girl underdog with no previous challenge wins pulled through in the end --- and brought home that $100,000! What is she spending it on? Her brothers. Want to know how she pulled it off? Scroll down for the winner's interview with Tiana and find out!
How did it feel the moment you found out you’d won?
Oh my god. I just felt like: I DID IT! To everyone else who didn’t consider me a threat because I wasn’t physically strong and at times I was emotionally distraught: I DID IT! I was really happy because I accomplished something, and I did it for my brothers.
Your confidence was a bit shaky leading up to the finale. Did you have any idea you were going to win?
I was in total disbelief! This sounds cliché but the day I woke up, in my heart I felt like: today could be the day I could win. Maybe I didn’t win all these challenges because I was going to make it to the end. I pulled through when I needed to. If I walked into the final challenges doubting myself – if I was feeling like the way I was feeling the day before -- I probably wouldn’t have accomplished what I did on the last day because my mindset wouldn’t have been where it needed to be. I just tried to be optimistic in the back of my mind I kept saying: if it’s meant to happen it will happen, and I have to do this for my brothers.
What was running through your mind throughout that final challenge?
Honestly I just knew even that if I did fall behind, the only person I really felt was my competition was Sarah, because she’s good with puzzles. I knew she and I would go head-to-head on those. But I’m pretty good at puzzles! I play a lot of puzzle games on my phone. Shout out to Lumosity!
Talk a bit about your relationship with your brothers and how the money will help them.
We just have a really strong bond. Basically my whole childhood, I was the babysitter. I was always with my brothers, and I didn’t want them to go through what I did. Their main focus should be going to school, getting good grades and not having to worry about the hardships. I mean, they should know the worth of a dollar, but at the same time, kids shouldn’t have to work for anything because they didn’t ask to be here. If my brother gets good grades, he should be rewarded for that. He shouldn’t have to worry about school supplies. My 14-year-old brother Tabu, he shouldn’t get bullied over not having the right shoes or whatever. He doesn’t know that I won yet. I’m sure he’ll be mad I didn’t tell him, haha!
My other brother Cedre, he’s got a family taking care of him in Jersey. He’s okay, and when I won and I told him he said he didn’t want my money. But he’s in high school, and soon he’s going to start college and need an apartment all that -- and I just want to give them both the world.
Do you have any plans for the money for yourself?
I can’t even express how much I want to have my own place! Since I was 15 I’ve been living in my grandmother’s house, and I want to call some place my own. Also, I want to invest. This money is not $1 million but I want to turn it into that.
So, you didn’t win a challenge until the very end. Did you have a strategy?
I’m not going say I’m dumb, but when it comes to strategy and coming up with a plan, that’s not me. My brain doesn’t go that far! Walking into the challenge, even when they called me, I still didn’t know what to expect. I went into the house and said whatever happens happens! But I do think it helped to remain under the radar. I didn’t give anyone a reason to say anything or point a finger. But, even if I still did that and I won challenges I would have been a target.
Some people on the show accused you and Sarah of riding Rocky’s coattails until the end, when you could vote her off. What do you say to that?
That is completely false. At the end of the day, people are going to have their perceptions of it and Rocky has her fans. But Rocky and I built a bond because she liked me as a person, and it was the same for her. We had a friendship. That’s what made the alliance strong. It’s not like I went to bed at the end of the day and said: “ohhh I’m gonna keep rocky here and send her home at the end!”
But in all reality, I was no threat in that game and I knew could beat me any day in those challenges, so in the end it was about: cut or be cut. She came to the game to win the money and so did I. I didn’t want to just write her a check.
What did you get out of the competition – besides the money?
I feel like I definitely show growth. That’s what the main mission of Bad Girls should be: showing growth -- and that’s what I did. I wasn’t going in that house trying to be the biggest baddest bitch or trying to snake people. On my season of BGC, I looked like I was angry with life and I didn’t care. That’s not who I am and that’s not how I want people to see me…especially my brothers. I feel really good about the way I handled myself. I was vulnerable, and I allowed people to see that I have a heart and that I’m sensitive. Even if I didn’t win, the fact that people got to see me in another light…I’d take that any day.
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