Shannon spoke to Digital Spy about her experience on the show, her plans for the future, and who she wants to win All Stars.
Do you stand by your decision not to pose in underwear?
"I do, actually. What is different between being on a reality show and real-life modelling is that my agents don't submit me for jobs or castings where I would have to wear underwear but yet on Top Model I'm being pre set-up to go to a 'job' posing in underwear when that doesn't happen in modelling for me."
So when Nikos said at panel he wouldn't book a girl with limitations, in your experience that hasn't been a problem?
"I have had certain standards since I was 18 and now I'm 27 and still in the business. It may have limited me with certain jobs but there are other jobs I love to do. Not every picture in a magazine is a girl naked or in underwear - that's a small part of the business. Vogue have girls in beautiful, huge gowns in the desert - there are so many other things. That's part of the business some other girl can take! There are a lot that can do it and I don't have to be one of them!"
Did you expect to be eliminated this week or did you hope they'd give you a second chance because you stayed true to your brand?
"I actually had mixed emotions. I was prepared in my mind to leave because I knew I stood up for what I believed in, and in the back of my mind I thought they wanted a girl who would do anything. I think in season one it hurt me when I wouldn't do the nude photoshoot because in the end when they were looking at Adrianne's portfolio and mine, I was missing a picture. I think they want a girl who is willing to do anything and I'm not willing to be anybody's puppet. I know who I am and I'm confident in that.
"I was hoping they might keep me because I like the competition, but in a way I was actually kind of relieved to leave because I really had enough of being bullied in the judging room. It was like constantly, 'You need to be more naughty' and I'm like, 'You want me to be my brand, which is trustworthy, which kind of conflicts with being naughty'.
"I was pitched the idea to come on a show about branding and what you wanted your brand to be, but when I went on the show it was like they were telling me what my brand should be when they really don't know me. They see me in the judging room and that's it."
Did you feel it was unfair you were put in the situation of being asked to model underwear even though you had said you wouldn't do it before?
"I kind of thought it was ironic that before I went on the show I told them I didn't shoot in underwear, and from the get-go at the first photoshoot I was the only girl whose wardrobe had underwear. Then I had another photoshoot later down the line that was underwear. I knew either way it was my time to leave. If I'd done the photoshoot in Greece they would have told me in judging I didn't stay true to my brand: 'You're supposed to be trustworthy, you said on the very first photoshoot you didn't pose in underwear and now look, you're posing in underwear!' It was a two-edged sword."
Tyra said you were a great model but when you came back to All Stars you were a good model and you needed to find that greatness again. Did you feel like you'd lost a spark or did that confuse you?
"Her comment was definitely a bit confusing to me. I am a better model than I was at 18. Back then I didn't really know what to do, how to look sexy with my eyes. Now, if you saw on one of the episodes, she said 'give me fierce' and I gave it to her right away. I showed her first-hand I could do things with my eyes. If people watch back season one they really didn't love my pictures every week. They thought I didn't show as much emotion as Adrianne. They liked my snake picture but weren't wowed with me. She had to say something, though, because she has to give a reason when you leave."
How was it coming back to the show after so many cycles?
"I actually love season one - there was something raw about it, like no-one knew about the show and they had nothing to lose because it was the first one. It was real. I think now after 17 cycles it can get repetitive and you go through the motions. There was something different about it although it was still fun and I had a great time because I liked hanging out with the girls. But season one still has a special place in my heart."
What are your plans for your brand and career going forward?
"I still want to model. I'm in LA right now still doing that. I've also spoken all around the world from Australia to New York and I'm currently working on two books, one fiction and one non-fiction. I've always dreamed about having my own book one day so that will be exciting when it comes to light. I want to encourage young people to stand up for themselves and remain true to who they are. At the end of the day you can't please everyone anyway, you just have to be the best to you. I want to raise the standard."
Can you give us any details on the books?
"One book is about my life and the journey I have had over these eight years, the jobs I've turned down and then the jobs I've gotten. I have some crazy stories - I've slept in the closet before! My life hasn't always been easy. I've suffered loneliness when I've travelled. I went to Australia and I didn't know anyone, and you feel alone because your family is hours across the world. It's about that and hard work and dedication and one day it pays off, and more importantly being true to who you are."
Who do you want to win?
"I really like all the girls in the house. Lisa and I really clicked, she did my hair for one panel and she could always make me laugh. I like Laura... I really couldn't pick a winner. Whoever is supposed to win will win and I will be happy with whoever they choose."
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