ROOTY Hill’s Ashley Pogmore is proud of her "humungous success" as a finalist on Australia’s Next Top Model.
The model, 19, was eliminated from the show on this season’s eighth episode and said she "got all the feelings and emotions back" while watching it air on Tuesday.
"I wish I could’ve held myself together better during the show," said the former Rooty Hill High School student."
"I don’t usually cry that much and I wonder if it caused me to be sent home?"
The self-confessed troublemaker and bogan said she accomplished her goal of proving to others that success is not determined by social class or background.
"Just because I didn’t win doesn’t mean I didn’t do well," she said.
"Being one of the eight finalists was such a huge accomplishment. And I’ve learned so much about the industry and myself."
"Now I know I can do things on my own and don’t need to rely on my boyfriend so much."
She is determined not to let her experience be defined by the incident in which she was choked by fellow contestant Taylah Roberts.
While in Broken Hill shooting the episode that screened on August13, Miss Roberts had a meltdown and used both hands in a strangle hold on Miss Pogmore’s neck causing a national media frenzy.
"It was blown out of proportion and I don’t want to talk about it any more. I have such good memories of sitting around and talking with the other girls and having our family dinners."
She said all contestants were amazing and deserved to win.
"But I hope Melissa [Juratowitch] or Jade [Collins, of Blacktown] win because they were very close to me," she said.
Australia’s Next Top Model screens on Fox8 on Tuesdays at 8.30pm.