Former Augusta resident Seymone Cohen-Fobish was eliminated as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model last week, but modeling is still in her plans.
“I’m still modeling. I’m not going to stop. I’m going to continue with my dream,” Cohen-Fobish said during a phone interview. “Just because I didn’t win America’s Next Top Model doesn’t mean that I’m not going to keep trying.”
The 19-year-old was among 14 young women participating in America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion, becoming one of the last seven contestants on the show. Cohen-Fobish was one of three American women remaining. The other four women were former contestants from Britain’s Next Top Model.
Before entering the competition, Cohen-Fobish was a dental assistant student at Augusta Technical College and attended Greenbrier High and Augusta Christian Schools. She tried out for the show in Atlanta last April and got a call in Augusta asking her to participate.
During her final appearance on the show, Cohen-Fobish competed to open a fashion show and participated in a photo shoot modeling Hello Kitty couture gowns.
“I had this huge headpiece. I guess it was kind of like a wig. It was big and painful. My head was shaking trying to hold it up,” Cohen-Fobish said. “We went through elimination. Eboni and I were the bottom two.”
Cohen-Fobish said that she is looking for apartments in the Los Angeles area and plans to find a modeling agency to represent her. She wasn’t allowed to sign with an agency until she was eliminated from the show.
She didn’t watch herself on TV but learned that the episode of her elimination aired when her dad sent her a text message.
“He said, ‘We still believe in you, honey,’ ” Cohen-Fobish said. “My friends and family really support me.”
From being on a reality TV show, she also experienced the negativity that comes with being in the spotlight.
Cohen-Fobish has gotten lots of Facebook friend requests and many new Twitter followers. Some people have confronted her about her size, implying that she was too large to be a model.
In the future, Cohen-Fobish said she would like to own her own modeling division that represents “average sized models” such as herself that don’t fit into the traditional thin or plus size categories.