Janet Mills, most notably known for being the mother in Top Model, was sent home because Tyra and company thought she couldn’t transfer her striking beauty onto film. Janet took a moment with us to dish on who she didn’t like and why she was sent home.
CM: When did you know that you wanted to go into modeling?
Mills: I have always been in love with the fashion and [the] beauty industry. I started to consider modeling as a career at about 14, but I never pursued it until Top Model.
CM: Had you ever done any modeling prior to the show?
Mills: nope, no modeling experience. I just went into the Top Model casting with a positive attitude and a big smile!
CM: Did you ever feel like the mother in the house?
Mills: I did feel like the mother of the house. Some of the girls were just fresh out of high school and didn’t have a clue about living on their own. I think taking care of people just comes naturally for me. I also live with my boyfriend and his 10 year old son, so I guess that has given me some practice.
CM: What did you think of Ebony’s decision to leave having been eliminated before her?
Mills: I was proud of Ebony for being true to herself. I just wish she did it one week earlier! I think she learned that the industry wasn’t for her, and I think it was really brave of her to speak up.
CM: Who was the girl you got along with the most and why?
Mills: My two favorite girls in the house were Lisa and Saliesha. They were the most real to me. They are such fun, sweet people. I wish the best for their careers and know they will be friends for life.
CM: Was there anyone you didn’t get along with?
Mills: I didn’t fully dislike anyone, that’s not my nature. But of course you can’t love everyone! I couldn’t ever really read Jenah. We are just totally different people. Bianca is another girl I could live without. After watching the show, I realized how two-faced she was to us.
Mills: I’m not exactly sure of the reason for my elimination. They said it was a bad photo shoot, but I think it was actually one of my best ones. I guess I’m not high fashion enough for this season, and I’m sure if I would have ruffled a few more feathers I would have stayed around a bit longer. America loves drama!
CM: What have you been up to since the show and where do you see yourself going?
Mills: I have been very busy since I filmed the show. I modeled in an International hair show, I’ve been working with Aveda, and I’m hopefully signing a modeling contract in the VERY near future. I’ve also just partnered with a friend who owns the largest Houston event catering business. The sky is the limit. I am also interested in doing some acting. I want to experience as much as I can in my life.
CM: A catering business? What made you get into catering?
Mills: I got into catering more because of my friend than actually wanting to start a food business. I know the food industry is a difficult one to get into, but she already has a successful business. So when she asked me to become a partner I said yes.
The idea was that my sudden “stardom” would help grow the business even more which of course would be good for the both of us. I don’t cook in the kitchen or anything like that.
CM: Who would you like to see crowned America’s Next Top Model?
Mills: At this point I would like to see Chantal or Saliesha win. They both want it so badly. Modeling is their lives, so I’m happy for either one.
CM: How has being on the show impacted your life?
Mills: The show has impacted my life tremendously. My whole town is so proud of me, and that feels amazing. I have finally gotten my name out there, and that is something I have wanted to do my whole life. It has also shown me that I have a lot of potential in the industry. I look forward to what’s next.
CM: Do you have any regrets after doing the show?
Mills: I have no regrets. I did my best, and I think I did pretty damn good! I have learned not to regret. All of the things I have done, right or wrong, have made me who I am today.