Q) What previous modeling experience did you have prior to the show?
A) I did a little bit when I was younger, just commercial things. I was age fourteen, fifteen or sixteen and I did stuff for Delia's. I had good agencies, but it never really took off for me. The biggest magazine I ever did was Italian Vogue.
Q) What did you see in yourself that would make you America's Next Top Model?
A) When I set my mind to something, I am going to do it to the best of my abilities. I thought this being a modeling competition, if I put my mind to it, I know I could do it. I know I can be better than the other girls and get my grove back with modeling and just kick some butt. I went into it, knowing in my mind, that I am going to win.
Q) What was your favorite part of your time in Australia?
A) I really enjoyed the day we did the Aboriginal photo shoot. We got to spend the whole day in the middle of the outback and it was just absolutely gorgeous!
Q) Have you cleared the air with Natasha since being on the show?
A) We haven't really spoken that much. We did a photo shoot together. We're cool though and totally fine. We both understand what it was like in that competition. What we all had to say about Natasha was justified and she knows that. She knows that it wasn't just us pulling it out of thin air. She was just doing some strange things towards the end and it was freaking us all out, to be frank.
Q) What did you learn most about modeling from the show?
A) If you have confidence in yourself, the minute you let self doubt in then it is over. If you can have confidence, then it shows in the picture. You might not even know what you are doing, but if you can pretend that you do, then you can trick yourself into doing it and the pictures end up turning out well.
Q) Did you believe the judges comment about you being too old was a copout or that your age was a disadvantage?
A) I was twenty years old when we were filming the show. For me, I feel it was a very easy copout. It didn't make very much sense since they knew what I looked like when I came into the competition. They are going to wait for me to be three to win to tell me, "It's not anything you've done. You've actually done better than the other girls, but it is because of the way that you look." Well, they knew how I looked the whole time. It doesn't make any sense. I know Nigel was saying, "Is she 'America's Next Top Model?' Because the blonde hair and blue eyes thing we've seen before." If it works, use it. Blonde hair and blue eyes sells. If it's not broke, don't fix it. It was weird because I had them telling me one photo shoot, "You photograph a little harsh." In my casting they said the same, but then the next time we're in panel Tyra said, "I think she's just too commercial." Well, what is it? Am I harsh or am I commercial? They weren't making sense.
Q) What are you going to do now that you are no longer on the show?
A) I am moving my family out to LA. I am going to get an acting coach and try and get an agency. I really want to pay my dues and do it the right way. I want to take classes and go to the workshops, do what I need to do to improve my talent. I am just going to push. I am going to knock down doors and push really hard to get where I think I should be, which is the very top!
Q) What advice do you have for future contestants?
A) I would have to say to be confident. Be as confident as you can be in yourself. Know that you have what it takes. If you set your mind to something, you can do it! You are as strong as you think you are and you are as determined as you think you are.
Q) Do you feel the like you are a role model since you are married with son and in the modeling industry?
A) It's not only the fact that I am married, have a son and I am modeling because Heidi Klum does it. There are plenty of models with children who are a role model in more areas than just that, like not being afraid to say your mind and speak up. If someone is treating you badly, then say it. It's just the same as the girls did to me. When they felt I was treating them badly, they said something. Find your voice. I think that's so important for young girls. It's not about how you appear. Find your voice, talk about what you want to talk about and be who you are. Don't try to change to impress people. I didn't change; I'm still Renee.
Q) What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?
A) Nothing can express when you get support from people you don't even know. When they're rooting for you, it boosts your self esteem a lot and you feel you are making an impact to somebody some where. I just appreciate all of the support so much! I even appreciate the constructive criticism. I appreciate everything!