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Susan & Harleen ('Britain's Next Top Model')

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Susan from Britain's Next Top Model
It was a double elimination on this week's Britain's Next Top Model with Susan and Harleen getting the chop from the increasingly stern judging panel. Susan failed to impress at a series of agency meetings, while Harleen's poor performance in the anti-bullying campaign cost her a spot in the top 10. We caught up with the girls yesterday to chat about lingerie, jumpers and escaping the nude chocolate photoshoot!

Susan, can I ask about that jumper at the end of the episode? That was something quite spectacular!
Susan:"Why thank you! That was from a vintage shop in Belfast called Bang Boutique which is a really, really cool shop. I'm more than happy to give that a plug and a bit of advertisement. It's owned by a bloke, who also runs a store called Mike Hunt... I'm being serious. Yeah that jumper, it's a got a picture of a house on it with animals and stuff out the front. I just really love my jumpers, I've got loads like that. Do you know Father Ted? Well there was that character Eoin McLove, who loves cakes and jumpers. That's like me. I love cakes and jumpers (laughs)."

Do you think this week was the right time for you to go?
Susan: "I have no complaints. Things have worked out well for me and I do believe that it was probably my time to leave. I have no hard feelings about it and I really enjoyed my experience. I've ended up getting some work after leaving the show, which I wouldn't have been able to do if I'd stayed on the show any longer, so in a funny way it has all worked out."
Harleen: "No, I don't. I think I could have gone further. I think I was better than some girls left in the competition and I think on the photographs and my performance in the anti-bullying campaign, I probably deserved to stay."

Is it right that you want to focus on being an actress, Susan?
Susan: "I am an actress, but I do enjoy modelling as well. Don't get me wrong, I do like doing photoshoots and working the camera... but I don't think I can handle the industry of modelling. That's the industry and that's fine, but I don't think acting is as bad when it comes to people standing there criticising you. In the world of acting if someone says that you are bad, you can go away and work on it. But in modelling if someone tells you that you don't look right, you can't go home and change your height or your look. Well, you can go and have loads of surgery, but then you'll just look really weird."

Has this competition made you want to continue with modelling, Harleen?
Harleen: "It's definitely made me stronger as a person. I've come away from the experience a lot tougher. But I definitely one hundred per cent want to keep modelling. I've got lots of meetings with agencies and people set up and I'd like to work in the world of fashion. The Links of London shoot we did on last week's show was brilliant and I think that was where I was in my element."

Harleen from Britain's Next Top Model

Can we speak of the much talked-about lingerie shoot from a few weeks back. How tough was that shoot?
Harleen "I don't think it would have been so bad if it wasn't for the fact that I was given such a difficult shoot. If it had just been a matter of standing there it wouldn't have been so bad, but it is a TV show and they wanted me cavorting around on the bed. I don't want to use the word humiliating because I don't think that's right, but it was tough for me to deal with."
Susan "I'm really used to that sort of thing. I've done acting and that sort of stuff. My last job I did, I was in the nip and if you just treat it professionally, you are fine. But I am pretty comfortable being semi-naked."

Do you think they deliberately pushed you to your limits because of your religious background, Harleen?
Harleen:"Yes, I do."

What did your family think about your performance on the show?
Harleen: "They were really supportive. My mum has been backing me all the way. She's become a massive BNTM fanatic. She knows everything about the show. When I speak to her, she says, 'Oh this girl has been doing such and such'. They have all been really great and totally behind me."

Do you think you would have enjoyed next week's naked chocolate photoshoot?
Harleen: "I think that's another reason why they sent me home this week. They probably knew that I wouldn't want to take part. I just think it's a bit f**king much. Sorry for my language. I mean I told my parents and friends that if I had stayed another week that I would have to of gone nude with chocolate poured all over me and they were like, 'What the hell?' Nobody could understand it."
Susan "The chocolate is a bit tacky, isn't it?! I'm okay getting my kit off but I can sympathise with Harleen because of her culture and that's a different scenario altogether. Personally I'm okay getting undressed, but then again, I admire other people when they are a bit more dignified. I have no dignity at all (laughs)."

We saw a lot of tension between the models on last night's show...
Harleen: "If you put a load of girls in a house like that there are going to be issues and problems. People won't get on with each other."
Susan: "I went to a mixed school and I have never lived with girls. To be honest with you, large groups of girls intimidate me. The first time I met everyone I was like, 'Get them away from me!' But then we made friends and I realised that they were really nice people. They are not just loud girls."

Who did you dislike the most by the end?
Susan: "By God you are blunt! I honestly really liked them all. But obviously we were getting under each other's skins in various ways. But I really loved all the girls. You have got the most diplomatic person here to talk to. I would tell you if I didn't like them, but I did genuinely like them all. I'm sorry. The ones I'd love to see win are Tiffany - because come on, she cut her hair off! - or Joy because of where she has come from and what it would mean for her."
Harleen: "I would say it was Tiffany for me. We never really got on in the house and she was the person I didn't get on with at the end. But we're just different people."

Britain's Next Top Model continues next Monday at 9pm on Living.

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