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The Boston Artist Laurel Sparks asks the former America's Next Top Model contestant from Boston, Mila Bouzinova, a few questions about life and modeling.

Laurel Sparks: What inspired you to start modeling?

Mila Bouzinova: People always assumed that I was a model and would ask what agency I was with, what campaigns I was in, what shows have I do, etc. So I figured I might as well actually get paid for looking like a model.

LS: By being a model, how do you think you contribute to society?

MB: A model gives everybody an aspirational image. A model can inspire an individual to take action to achieve their dreams. A person can look at a beautiful ad and think, "I want to be that" and hopefully take action to achieve whatever the goal that they aspire to is.

LS: How do you feel about being a public spectacle? What are your dilemmas about it, if any?

MB: Being in the public eye means that everyone has an opinion about you. Regardless of whether the opinion is good or bad I am flattered that people who do not know me take the time to think about me. I'm very secure with myself and enjoy the spotlight, so I welcome the attention.

LS: How do you define physical beauty and what are your personal standards?

MB: Beauty is simple and elegant, it cannot be disputed. Personally, I find beauty in everyone.

LS: Do you have public role models? If so, who are they?

MB: I admire Kelly Ripa and Ivanka Trump because both of them are classy, beautiful, and smart.

LS: If you could change anything about your physical appearance, what would it be?

MB: I wouldn't change anything.

LS: What kind of fitness plan or diet regiment did you have to go through to prepare for the ANTM competition? What was it like?

MB: I actually didn't have one! I was on vacation the whole month before going on the show. In retrospect, I wish I would've hit the gym a few times.

LS: In general, do you feel you have to restrict your daily life in order to maintain your physical appearance? In what ways?

MB: No, not at all. I live a very healthy and active lifestyle that I have had all my life and will maintain for the rest of my life as well.

LS: How do you deal with harsh criticism?

MB: I try to improve as a person every single day so I welcome all criticism.

LS: How do you deal with rejection?

MB: There are many paths to get where one is going. You will get to where you want to be if you just continue to persevere. If rejection happens, just find a different way.

LS: Do you agree with the Judges' reasons for cutting you from the competition? If not, in what ways do you think they judged you wrongly?

MB: I respect their opinions.

LS: Given the chance to compete again, what would you have done differently?

MB: Actually taken it seriously.

LS: In general, do you wish the modeling industry was different? What would you change about it if you could?

MB: I would probably hope that they used models who are a little bit older, just for the sake of the very young girls who have to grow up very quickly in the industry.

LS: Do you have other vocations or career aspirations?

MB: Well I am 20 years old and have a Finance degree from Boston University and will have my Masters' from Fordham University in May. So the world is my oyster.

LS: What will you pursue next? If you had a 5-year-plan, what would it entail?

MB: I would like to act or host a TV show. Also, I would definitely like to get married and live happily ever after.

America's Next Top Model entry in Wikipedia

The CW's America's Next Top Model Website

All images are courtesy of The CW network.

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