You did such a great job throughout the whole season. Why do you think you ended up not winning?
I don't know. I think Tyra has a vision for her company and I think CariDee fits it better than me.
Do you accept the reasons that they gave for voting you off?
Yes. I have dreams and I plan on reaching all of them and this isn't going to slow me down one bit. It's helping me for sure.
Do you think you were misunderstood by the other girls?
Yes. I felt misunderstood a lot.
Who is the real Melrose and why do you think you ended up being misunderstood?
I'm always learning and I'm a strong person, you know? I think I came off like that probably because people are intimidated by strength. I put myself out there and I was really open. And initially, I was a little too open, I think.
You say you think Tyra has a vision for her company. Why do you think CariDee fit that vision?
I don't know. We're just so different. I think I'm more of a high-fashion kind of girl and that's what I love and that's the kind of modeling that I want to do. I think CariDee is more commercial. I think that this title is a lot of work to hold up. You have to be more commercial and be a good spokesperson...I don't know, maybe Tyra just liked CariDee better. I don't know, but I'm OK though with it. I'm happy with where I stand. I'm proud of myself and my friends and family are all proud of me too. And, you know, I'm a winner to them. I feel like a winner. I don't feel like a loser.
What are you up to these days?
I'm finishing designing right now at a clothing company. And then I'm modeling in New York. I'm doing acting and designing in LA and modeling in New York. Perfect!
Eugena just told me that you two are friends. All the bad blood between you and the other girls -- is that like history now?
A lot of it was for TV, meaning it wasn't really real. And some of it was just personalities clashing and some of it didn't even happen like that. Some of the girls I'll hopefully end up being friends with and some of the girls, we'll go our separate ways. But it wasn't as bad as they made it seem.