Laury

Laury may be out, but she's not down. Read her reaction to her elimination.

Apr 22, 20090

Today’s shoot was interesting because it was all about the '60s and I personally don’t know much about that era, but in this industry you have to know how to fake it, and that’s exactly what I did. I also had to pretend that Amanda and I were best friends because she was my partner.

This shoot was a little challenging for me because there were too many people trying to give us directions and I let the commotion distract me and hurt my performance. Towards the end of the shoot I decided to listen only to the photographer and I think that’s when Amanda and I both shined.

As soon as I saw the final photo I fell in love with it. I feel that the relationship between Amanda and myself looked so natural and real and I’m happy about that. Though our picture is a beautiful shot I’m not confident that I’m safe for another week because lately the judges complain about everything I do, say etc.

Finding out that this weeks catwalk is about “Style Wars” I was nervous because I did not want to get stuck with a designer/stylist that did not know what he/she was doing. Also since this week is a double elimination I just expected the catwalk to be about us showing our signature walks or showing the judges what makes us different and special.

I was sitting in the Maybelline New York makeup room praying and trying to control and hide my nerves. I have no idea what I will be wearing on the catwalk so I don’t know how to prepare and get myself in the right attitude. I don’t want to go home today but I’m starting to feel like the odds are against me.

When I was standing on the catwalk being draped in garbage bags and duct tape I started to worry about making it to next week.

My stylist didn’t really have a plan and was pretty much trying to make something out of nothing and it was not working. I was so mad inside because I just kept thinking to myself “This guy is going to send me home.”

And me saying that to myself sealed my fate because all my confidence was gone.

I was not in shock to be standing there in the bottom three because today has been my worst runway ever. I lost myself today and in doing that I lost this competition. I am so mad at myself because today I collapsed under stress and pressure and now I’ve let myself and my family down.

Being the strong person that I am I know I will make it after this competition. I’m going to continue to be strong and proud of who I am and where I come from. I’m going to prove those individuals like Marlan wrong, individuals that see me as less that beautiful and not as a high fashion model. I’m going to reach my dreams and work hard at helping other girls like me turn the dreams into reality.

Leaving this competition is not an end to my modeling career, instead it’s the opening to a new chapter because I’ve learned so much about myself and the industry. I’m walking away today more prepared than I was yesterday. Life is about learning and growing and I am so grateful for this opportunity.

26 comments
Viewer
Viewer

Laury, I was soo happy when you got eliminated. You had a nasty attitude the ENTIRE time. If it didnt go your way, you thew a temper tantrum. And how dare you judge Salome. You dont know her history, you dont know what she has had to go through. Even if she is fake, in the end YOU looked bad, not her

beast
beast

You had every right to speak your mind and I love you for that keep your head up girl I will be seeing you in somebodies magazine or walking someones runway show

Nadies
Nadies

The nasty exit was such a turn off. I was shocked at how you spewwed that negativity at Salome. Regardless if she is "lying" or faking, it's none of your business and has nothing to do with you going home! Fair is fair...the judges know what they are looking for in a super model and are using that as their guide. The face always shows the whole picture....

Viewer
Viewer

laury,i'm not a fan of you until i saw the last epsiode you speak out of my mind about Salome~!good girl!

Jan
Jan

Laury you did a fine job. You expressed an opinion about someone. We ARE entitled to do this. You didn't like her. It happens. You expressed it. So what. We can't like everybody in the world. Your exit interview was great and you were classy. Don't worry about the haters - I guess they have never disliked or had a negative opinion of someone before. People need to seriously GROW UP and get back in touch with reality.

tony
tony

Very poor attitude, you are acting like a prima donna without class, grow up!! poor losers stay losers!!!

Margaret L.
Margaret L.

Laury I thought you did the best job you could. I would have loved to have seen more of you because you were hilarious. You made me laugh with so many of your comments. And don't let these people posting hate messages get to you. You spoke your mind on what you felt about someone. There is nothing wrong with speaking your opinion. It was in the heat of the moment and it just might have been better if done privately. But you are who you are, you have an opinion, and people can take it or leave it. After you got yourself together, I thought you did a nice and dignified exit interview. It just happen to be your time - and it was DEFINITELY Kerryn's time. Good luck - and I will miss your funny commentary.

agata
agata

you were so ungrateful and nasty! As a model, notning special and you are simply unremarkable. I don't see you making it in the world of modelling, especially with that cutthroat attitude. Fasion may be a cutthroat business, but designers and photographers work with professional, and likeable people, it makes our job easier.

tylersnow
tylersnow

I believe this girl is soooooo snoby by pushing Salome like that. She got what she deserved: ELIMINATED!!!

Viewer
Viewer

You got sent home because you were the weakest model this week, and your immature rant at Salome was uncalled for. You are basically immature and not ready for the real world.

Viewer
Viewer

laury is not photogenic. salome has it all!!!!!!!

vm
vm

Salome is NOT making anything up about her background! In that culture kids do not get to go to public school and they have to study only what is approved by the church. Very seldom do any of them go to college. You may think you have challenges because you are black, but you still have all the opportunities available to you the world has to offer. Your challenges don't come close to matching those of us that had to grow up in that religion and then decided to leave & try to make it on our own 'out here.' And I say that because it really is a closed off world. So I would highly recommend you watch your words or better yet, when there's the possibility of being broadcasted, just don't say it.

Ruthie
Ruthie

Your attitude is such a turn off! You're a poor loser and I hope you grow up.

Viewer
Viewer

finally!! somebody with balls to tell Salami the fake person she is. Did u Notice nobody backed her up when you told her she was full of sh*t? You did your best and that's what counts. And Colin wasn't eliminated even with that last walk?? Imagine that.

Robin
Robin

Laury, The judges are looking for a supermodel. You think you look great ,but you didn't in the sport's picture. When you were eliminated you didn't even hug some of the others because they are no real. You have no class at all. All you wanted to do is put down Salome on air. I really think the judges were right to get rid of of you. I think your not a supermodel role model for others to see you act in this matter. You need to grow up and stop thinking you look great in your pictures when you didn't. Your eye's show the same thing over and over meaning there is nothing , but a blank look. You are very mean girl to judge someone else on the way they were raised. I wish you luck and hope to see you in mags. soon. Just change your out look on others. Robin

Mag
Mag

I'm sorry Laury, but all I remember about you is being bitter about everything. It's really sad that you're being remembered as an angry, bitter person, rather than a classy model. Why are you so angry all the time? Before complaining, one should always look into the mirror and reflect on one's own mistakes and shortcomings first. Rather than improving, you just complain and get mad at everyone. You're right, you're not everyone's "cup of tea", but really, if you continue being this way in life, no one will ever respect you. I really wish you well and hope that you can take all the bloggers' criticism and improve yourself. Also, stop blaming other people. You really are not as competitive as the others.

Viewer
Viewer

Sorry Laury, but you did not lose gracefully and your attitude through out the show was so negative. I have to agree with the judge's decisions regardless of attitude. You were the least photogenic of the group.

Tina
Tina

Laury, I am so glad you used your blog entry to talk about you and your journey in modeling. I was put off by the way you attacked Salome but I am sure emotions were running so high that evening. You redeemed yourself with this blog! You are a beautiful person inside and out. Your strength and character will take you far. Good luck and I know we will be seeing youon a billboard soon!

topcheffan
topcheffan

I just watched your exit videos. You seemed a lot more real and nicer on that video than you did on the show. It's obvious that you've got a lot of pride. But don't let that get in the way of screwing up your dreams. Pride can be a virtue and a vice. Isn't pride one of the seven deadly sins?

One thing you said kind of bugged me. You came to NY at 17 and they told you to work on your attitude. It seems that a lot of people are telling you to work on your attitude from seeing you on this show. I'm not saying this to hate, but you need to learn how to be civil to everybody, even if you don't like them. You're not going to like every designer or model or photographer or stylist but you're going to have to work with them. Didn't anybody teach you that you'll catch more flies with honey? Perhaps it's because you're still young, but you'll find that a good attitude makes people overlook certain physical "imperfections." You're no Naomi Campbell. Maybe if you get to her stage you can bring out your inner diva. But just keep it under wraps for now.

Sean
Sean

You (along with amanda) were my favorite girl in the house the whole season because you two are obviously the sexiest. I feel that you make a great model although alot of the looks and style that they gave you in the shoots didn't really fit your look.

With that said...I was highly disapointed in your attitude through out the show. You made yourself look like sore loser from week 1 and thats not a good look, esspecially being one of the few black models in the house. I applaud the way Sandharst carry himself because althought I feel he should have won alot more shoots, he never acted up because he didnt win.

topcheffan
topcheffan

Wow. I do hope that you have learned a lot from this experience and mature. Your attitude will turn off a lot of people in the industry. You may be a sweet person in real life, but you came across like such a bitch on the show.

You hold in a lot of tension in your jaw. That's why you're not photographing well. You're better off in commercial modeling than runway.

Erika Ehlert
Erika Ehlert

I thought they should have eliminated amanda and colin. But instead you guys, my favs, had to go home. I am a hightly experienced model with L.A. Models and it took me SO long to be seen by one agent that said i had "that look" and since then i've been okay. NO huge contracts but working in this industry, if it truly is your passion, is worth it! I really liked how you stood up to some of those dumb girls at the house and KUDOS for that. Good luck with you modeling career. YOu definetly have it, just the right person needs to see it in you. Good Luck with everything! xoxo. Erika

Diamond Rainn
Diamond Rainn

Sorry she was a sore looser. How dare she attack someone verbally when she got eliminated. Her negativity will haunt her back. Who would want to hire someone who doesn't know how to loose gracefully and tactfully? I really wanted her to succeed but her negativity in the end was a major turn off. Laury life to too short don't hate just because Salome won immunity. Remember Whitney Houston's song, "The Greatest Love of All"? It states, "learning to love yourself...is the greatest love of all". I think once you accept defeat, rejection, and criticism, you will be a better model. Until then learn how to be more positive when your battles are lost.

Viewer
Viewer

what happened???? Laury, sometimes you need to adjust your attitude. Why you always hate everyone?? I just don't know.

michelle
michelle

Be happy you made it as long as you did!

AE
AE

Great job...(sarcasm)- What a great way to destroy the "angry black woman" stereotype the world has. Watching this show, there are MANY nasty girls in that house, but you have to remember- you won't get as far as they do acting like that. Salome may not be right, but that was quite unnecessary.

I hope you do well, but I hope you change some things and don't confuse "strength" with a poor attitude.