Madeleine's Exit Interview, Part II: 'Naomi Has A Talent For Putting Words In Your Mouth'

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

Did you see that twist coming? Team Naomi prevailed for the third time and Karolina sent Madeleine to the elimination room to face the winning coach, along with Team Coco’s Stephanie (who seriously is a “cat with nine lives”). And Naomi ends up sending the Aussie model home, but not because she thinks Stephanie is more deserving, but because MADELEINE IS MORE OF A THREAT TO TEAM NAOMI! Although the eliminated contestant found out what actually happened before last night’s episode aired, she tells us, “Even I was nervous and I knew what was going to happen!” Here’s her exclusive dish on what went down.

We're all kind of dying to know. How many sizes too small were those shoes that made you cry in the first challenge? What did you think when you saw yourself crying during the first challenge?
You know what, I honestly don't remember. I am pretty sure I've blocked out that entire challenge! I wear a size 11-12 (clown feet, I know!) But usually wear a 10 or 11 because that's the biggest shoe size they make. So I'm already very used to squeezing into shoes that are too small. Those bad boys from the first challenge felt like they were a size 5! Truly excruciating, but not worth crying over. In all honesty, the shoes not fitting were just the tipping point after many other stressful things I had going on in my life at the time (like my dad being diagnosed with leukemia).

I was literally dreading seeing the first episode because of the previews they were showing, which really obsessed over the “crying” incident. Then when it aired they breezed right by it and wasn't even a big deal! I wasn't fazed by it at all in the end. Was super embarrassing of course, but I'm a huge dork, so I'm used to being embarrassed!

How did it feel being sent in to face Naomi in the elimination room?
Absolutely gut wrenching! That was the worst feeling, just having absolutely no idea what to expect. Naomi has many different personas, so you never really know what you're going to get. I am not one for '”strategies” or “playing games,” so I just wanted to be honest. Naomi has a talent for putting words in your mouth, but I was really proud of how I stood my ground when talking to her, and I know that I wasn't being disrespectful at all.

Looking back, would you have changed anything that you said to Naomi when you were fighting to stay in the competition?
I think the points I made were very accurate. Just because someone wins, doesn't mean that the other competitors attempts are automatically invalid. I could've stood there and sucked up to her, and had a script in my head, but that's not me. I'm a very strong, driven person, and I'm just disappointed that wasn't shown, both my fault and the show’s.

Now that you've learned that Naomi actually saved Stephanie and eliminated you because you were the bigger threat to her team, how does that make you feel?
That actually makes me feel amazing, haha. I have seen people on the internet are mad about it (which I do agree that playing this strategically is unfair) but I really don't even see it from that perspective. Whether Naomi actually meant it or not is another story, but that's pretty much the best way to be eliminated!

Would you have wanted to know that back then? Would it have changed anything you've done or felt between now and then?
I most definitely would have liked to have known that when it happened. I definitely don't think I deserved to be eliminated at that point in the competition. I had a lot more to give, and I think my performance in the campaign was great, so it was definitely unfortunate to leave when it didn't seem deserving. But getting to go home and be with my family when they really needed me, was the silver lining and far more important than any competition.

Is there anything you'd like to say to her about that?

Naomi is known for her determination and strength of character, which, let's face it, you need in this business. At times this comes across as insensitive, but from being on the show, I've learned she can also be a very caring person. I just wish the world got a chance to see that side more often.

What are you working on now?
At the moment my number one priority is being with my family in Australia and making sure my dad beats cancer.

Modeling wise, I am working on relocating to the US to further my career. I have some things in the works that I unfortunately can't announce just yet, but make sure to keep up to date with my adventures by following all of my social media sites!

Be sure to tune in to a new pressure-filled episode of "The Face", Tue., Mar., 12 at 9/8c!

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