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'Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model' Kimberleigh: 'At least I have a career in panto'

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Kimberleigh from Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model
Julien Macdonald compared her to a "pantomime horse" and Charley Speed called her "clumsy". So it was no surprise when Kimberleigh Spreadbury became one of the first girls to get the boot from Elle Macpherson's Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. We caught up with Kimberleigh to chat about "apple mint" and her secret Top Model crush.

Do you think the right decision was made by the judges this week?
"I completely respect the judges' decision to let me go. I knew that I would have to go at some point. It's just a shame, because I think if I was given a chance, I could have gone a lot further in the competition."

How did you rate your photoshoot?
"I was actually quite pleased with the photos. I don't think they were the worst. But at the end of the day it's not my decision, Charley was there on the day and saw how I worked, and obviously it wasn't good enough."

The Lipton's tea shoot was just bizarre, right?
"It was a little weird. I had apple mint. I don't really know how to be an apple or a mint. I started off the shoot being a bit too serious and then I was told I was being too pantomime. I couldn't find the middle ground."

Was living in that shared house unbearable?
"It was actually alright. The house was gorgeous and huge. So there was always a corner if you needed one. The problem was that we had bunk beds, I had a top bunk and I kept sitting up straight and hitting my head against the ceiling. The one bathroom was the real problem. 13 of us getting ready with one bathroom, shower and mirror."

How awkward was it to answer those nasty questions around the dinner table?
"It was awkward because we knew we were being filmed. But we all knew we had to do it. There were not grudges held afterwards."

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Will there be a few scraps and catfights this year?
"I think through the weeks there will be a lot more tension. It's not an environment we're used to living with 13 other girls. The cracks were showing in week one. I think it's understandable. Living with 12 other people, who you wouldn't normally choose to be your friends, tensions will arise."

Are you pleased to avoid all of that?
"I'm glad that I didn't have to put up with the girls for longer, but I would have loved to have stayed in the competition longer. The fact that I won't have to argue over a bathroom or hair straighteners, that's good."

Are you pleased you won't have to do the makeover and nude shoot?
"Oh, no, that looked like fun! I was always prepared from the start to have my hair chopped off. So there's an element of disappointment, but of course, a slight bit of relief at the same time."

Julien compared you to a pantomime horse. What did you think to that?
"Well at least I have a career in pantomime in the future. That's just their opinion at the end of the day. Just because they think that doesn't mean everyone else will. But it is a little bit strange to watch people discussing you when you can't defend yourself. But if I want to be part of the industry I've got to get used to that."

Which girl do you think will win?
"I like Tanya the most out of the girls. She's got a really unique look. I wasn't sure at first, but when I saw her first shoot, I was just blown away. I admire her ability to be a model in the day and a care-free girl the next. I think that's quite admirable and nice in this industry."

What was Janice Dickinson like in the flesh?
"She was wicked. She was really lovely. She's a lot more cuddly and friendly than she's made out to be. We were laughing constantly throughout the day. I got quite upset at one point and she came over and spoke to me and comforted me. She was genuinely a really nice woman."

What was your highlight from the series?
"Probably hugging Charley Speed. He's lovely. That was the best bit!"

Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model continues on Monday nights at 9pm on Sky Living

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