How did it feel to lose out at the last hurdle?
"I know it sounds funny, but when they announced the winner I just let go. There had been so much pressure for so long that it was almost a sense of relief. We'd been constantly under pressure so just to know really was quite relieving, but at the same time absolutely devastating."
You had said that if you didn't win then all of your work would nearly have been for "nothing". Do you still believe that?
"Did I say that? No, no, no, not now! When you are in there they make you feel like if you don't win then you have nothing on the outside world! I'm just so grateful. At the beginning, Mecia and I said we just wanted to do everything - all the photoshoots, all the challenges and I did that and got to the final two. I still remember looking at the twenty girls in boot camp and thinking, 'Sophie, you are so screwed, you are not going to get anywhere!'"
Did you feel confident going up against Mecia?
"Weirdly enough, I didn't. You doubt yourself every week and you stand at elimination thinking, 'What do they see in me?' Especially because I've had some quite harsh criticism even to the end. And you think, 'What more can I do?' And I knew Mecia's back catalogue of photos was better and stronger and I couldn't compete with that. So I think in my heart I knew."
After your final photoshoot in Argentina, the judges said that "something had changed" in you. What do you think they meant?
"I honestly don't know. That was my favourite photoshoot and everything I had learned kind of came out and the emotion was insane. Everyone's pictures were just beautiful. And it was the final one, so you wanted to prove yourself. I've never had praise from all three judges at once and especially with Huggy being the photographer, I really wanted her to see something in me."
You've been a very outspoken contestant throughout the series and you're definitely not afraid to speak your mind! Is that really you?
"It really isn't. What happened was that I learned quite early on that if you doubted yourself on camera then it came back to you. If you said, 'Oh I had a really bad photoshoot', then obviously the judges will comment on that bad photoshoot. I learned not to put myself down which is where the confidence came from - it wasn't real confidence. I would cry and stuff, but I never wanted to show the producers. I also learned what they wanted for the programme and what made their TV so I gave it to them. It was almost like I was playing a character. I could never be that mean! Can you imagine? It would be awful. I wouldn't have any friends!"
Were you happy with how you were portrayed?
"No! They do a lot of snipping and cutting! There was a bit where I did a 'Daisy walking and getting booted out the door' thing, and just before that I had said that Daisy was one of my best friends in the house and I love her. I said, 'Maybe she'll go this week'. And of course they make you say it a few times and it came out like that! Daisy was like, 'Uh, Sophie, I thought we were friends!'"
Ashley mentioned that she found it difficult to watch herself because of the way she came across at times. How have you handled seeing yourself on screen?
"I was the same. It really upset me at the beginning and then you read the forums and they are just horrible and really nasty and it gets you down. I couldn't watch it because you just want to separate yourself from it. But after a while I just thought, 'Sophie, you know that's not you, the people who love you know it's not you, so just watch it and enjoy it'."
You won plenty of challenges throughout the competition, particularly towards the end. What's happening with Skinbliss and Faith?
"Skinbliss is really exciting! I think they're making me stand in a shower which will be so embarrassing, but they've been really lovely. I don't know where it will go though, noone really tells you anything! For Faith, I went into the shop with Daisy and they have little stands showing behind-the-scenes stuff, so I was taking pictures to send to my family. The shop lady came over and said, 'Do you know this girl?' And I was like, 'It's me!'"
Obviously you've had great success with the commercials, then towards the end the judges began recognising your editorial side. Do you have a preference?
"No and it's amazing in this show because we get to do everything. People had told me I would be better for editorial so I was surprised when I was picked as the commercial one. I think it will be great to see if I get an agency and say, 'What do you reckon?' and take their advice. I'm going to some photoshoots and build up my book and then go around the agencies. Really go for it."
> Click here for our interview with winner Mecia
> Click here for our interview with third place Jade