Natasha Galkina, America's Next Top Model Runner-Up, Tells All

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Natasha Galkina, the most controversial and dramatic contestant on America's Next Top Model, was ecstatic to make it as far as she did, but is glad that it's finally over, she tell BuddyTV.

After almost being eliminated in the second week, Natasha proved to herself and the judges that she had what it took as her personality and hard work earned her a spot in the final two, along with eventual winner Jaslene Gonzalez.

Although Natasha didn't become America's Next Top Model, she received all the exposure she could ask for and is more than satisfied to be runner-up.

Natasha sat down with BuddyTV last week to talk about everything that went down on the show and wasn't afraid to hold anything back: good, bad, and ugly.

Q: Can you start off by telling us how you got to be on America's Next Top Model? How did it all start for you?

Natasha: Gosh it's a long story, do you have time? Well, becoming a model was always a dream and I love America's Next Top Model. I always wanted to be on the show and they would never have the casting calls in Dallas when I lived there. So the closest one was 100 hundred miles away on the border of Oklahoma and Texas and I decided to go there because I didn't have anything to do, it was the middle of August.

So I just drove a 100 there and I came and I was like, "Oh my God, so many girls showed up. No way I'm going to be chosen, you know?" So I tried and I went back home and I received the call and they said, "You are the winner! So come on up here again and you have an interview with us." So I was very excited to go there, and I met so many so people from CW and they were very, very nice to me. So when I came up there, I was like, "Where are the other girls? The other winners?" And they're like, "There's no, you are the only one." And it was just so exciting and that's just a little story.

Q: Did you think you were going to make it as far as you did in this competition?

Natasha: I was always hoping to make it as far as possible. I tried to work as hard as possible and learn and I really would try to remember what every judge would say about me and what they tried to correct and work on. And I think that the judges saw it and I think that they saw that I was improving and that's why I made it so far.

Q: You looked shocked when Tyra Banks pulled your picture and you advanced to the final two with Jaslene. What was going through your mind at this time?

Continue reading the full interview here ...

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Dear Natasha,
I agree you must have won the prize. But, in fact, they didn't make you won the prize on purpose because the girl in second has a lot of more chances. I really think that the first needs to be working just for the agency who paied the prize and you, in 2nd will have better offers than the first- chances that the first can not take because has a contract to role.
SOOOO, WHAT I want to say is that in this show to be im 2nd is the better. Think about Melrose, she was amaziiing, so much better than caridee and she got 2nd. Whyyyyy? The judges know that being second is better for you. Congratulations (Ana from Portugal)


I remember a few years ago when cycle 8 was showed on TV for the first time, I loved Natasha but then i forgot her... Untill it was replay of all top model cycles, and when cycle 8 was, i sat right in front of the TV and enjoyed every second Natasha was on the screen. I googled Natasha cause I wanted to know more about her, unfortunately i red that she had stopped modeling to raise her child and continue with her studies. I continued to google her name and I saved every picture I colud find of her in my computer. I still google her name sometimes to se if she maybe is back to model. I love her. I'm crazy about her. I hope to death that she'll be back some day cause she's the sweetest and most beautiful person on the planet. I wish that I could meet her some day. That is my bigget dream.
Hope you're happy and that your baby's happy and growing up, to some day be a beautiful woman, like you.


THIS IS FOR NATASHA: I really love you!
you are the most wonderful person, all your fans really hope that you return to modeling when you finish your studies.
We really miss you =( I LOVE YOU


Natasha siempre fue transparente, las demas decian que era falsa pero era por envidia, ella realmente es una persona maravillosa,es un angel y es la mas bella de todas por dentro y por fuera. ELLA ES LA MEJOR


natasha esra la mejooooooorr jaslene parece un tranformista... natasha fue buena en toda la competencia mientra que jaslene comploceaba con las perras de rene y dionne... jaslene tenia que perder


que bueno que gano Jaslene, natasha fue pura farsa durante toda la competencia dandoselas de niña dulce, mientras que Jaslene fue transparente nunca se metió en problemas con ninguna de las chicas y vio por ella en todo momento, y fue lo mejor ya que era una competencia, no un concurso para hacer amigas


I like Natasha. A Lot. She is photogenic. I don't like Jaslene... She talks about Nata with Renee and Dionne right?


i still think natasha should have one.
i didnt like jaslene


natasha good job but i wanted jaslene to win anyway