''Top Model'''s Toccara speaks out -- The plus-size beauty reflects on her banishment from the show and plans for her own career

By Clarissa Cruz
Updated November 19, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

America's Next Top Model

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She’s smart, sassy, and stunning in a pair of Manolos. But on the Nov. 10 episode of America’s Next Top Model (UPN, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.), plus-size beauty Toccara Jones was banished from the prime-time catwalk. Surely we haven’t seen the last of her.

What happened?

I have no clue. I don’t know why they made that tremendous mistake.

Were you upset that you didn’t have as many clothes to choose from as the other girls?

I felt like that from day one. I kept telling myself, if they put me in a potato sack I’m just gonna be fabulous in this potato sack.

Did the stylist, Michele, stick you with that pin on purpose?

I don’t know, but it hurt. It was a clamp that they put on mannequins, and she clamped my back. I wanted to go off on her, but I knew I had to deal with her because she was our permanent stylist.

What about when Janice Dickinson implied you were fat?

She’s the Simon [Cowell] of the show. She’s paid to be mean. I didn’t take it personally.

So what now?

We’re not allowed to do any work until after the show has aired. But I’m going to be the world’s first black plus-size supermodel.

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