INTERVIEW: Saffron bids goodbye to Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model

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She’s been on a rollercoaster journey of photo shoots, testing model challenges and off-set politics.

On Thursday, Batley’s own Saffron Williams was the eighth modelling hopeful to be sent home from Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model.

Emma Ward, of Heckmondwike, made it through to the next round in last week’s show.

But for Saffron, it’s back to reality and waiting to see what the future has in store.

Speaking to the News, Saffron said her exit from the reality show left her devastated.

“I was so upset to leave and all I could think about was the girls in the house and what they were going to do next.

“Being in the bottom two with Holly was hard as well.”

The former Batley Girls High School pupil said the other models were stronger contestants and had been improving faster than she had.

“I was just a bit behind,” she said. “So I think it was definitely my time to go.”

Saffron is now rooting for her on-set friends Sophie and Emma to take the Top Model crown.

“I always thought Sophie was a strong, strong contender and I hope she goes far,” she said. “Emma has such a different look about her, she’s very high fashion and she could go far as well.”

She admitted not all of this year’s finalists were easy to live with.

“Angel is not the kind of person I get on with anyway, she was hard to live with.

“She’s very full-on, she’s just in your face all the time.

“But if it wasn’t for the other girls I wouldn’t have been able to put up with the competition, we helped each other get through it.”

Saffon said her favourite judge was Dannii Minogue, as she spent a lot of time with the girls and got to know them.

“They were all lovely but we spent the most time with Dannii,” she said.

The competition has seen the girls take part in nude shoots, underwater photos, challenging catwalks and even handle snakes.

“I’d do it all again if I could,” Saffron said.

She said she was nervous for the topless shoot in week four, but it helped her when it came to the nude shoot in week six.

“It was more comfortable not having the male model there,” she said.

“There was a female photographer and Dannii was there.

“It was daunting, obviously, stripping off for the nation was scary!”

Away from Model Manor, Saffron has settled back into normal life and is hoping to get work in the modelling industry.

“The show was the most experience I have had,” she said.

“I hope I can throw myself at anything.”

Saffron’s family cheered her on throughout the competition.

“I think it was bittersweet for them, obviously they wanted me to win and go all the way but they are still proud of me,” she said. “Even if I had been the first one out they would have been proud.”