March 11, 2013 10:34 AM EST
America’s Next Top Model All-Star Finalist Angelea Preston Confirms Win and Why She Was Disqualified [PHOTOS]
America's Next Top Model All-Star finalist Angelea Preston recently confirmed that she really did win the controversial Cycle 17 of the famous reality TV show.
The show awarded Lisa D'Amato as the winner of the cycle. However, her win was clouded with controversy as Angelea suddenly disappeared in the finale broadcast with Tyra saying that she was disqualified. The producers nor the network did not offer an explanation the issue.
The network confirmed in December 2011 it shot "new scenes" for the ending of the finale because Preston had been disqualified. The CW had declined comment on whether the new scenes altered the seventeenth Top Model edition's results or if D'Amato had originally been declared the competition's winner prior to the additional filming.
A month after the finale was aired, Angelea surfaced and cleared the matter. "What I will say for the millions of people who watch the show and clearly put their own assumptions together about me winning, the assumption is correct. I did indeed win Cycle 17," she shockingly revealed.
"Listen honey, I'm trying to write a book about my whole life and that part of my life is definitely, I mean my life is already interesting even before Top Model, I guess if you want to say, made me who I am or gave me my platform but, I guess that's the part everybody wants to know. They want to know the real story," Preston told Siresays.com in a recent interview.
Many people speculated that her disqualification was because she was pregnant with her son Eric or had spoiled the season's results on social networking sites.
"No, I did not blab on Facebook or Twitter... That would be something stupid. The prizes were so incredible for that one cycle. Are you kidding me? I would not mess that up by going on Twitter and going on Facebook, 'Yeah guys, I won.' Like no, that's just not me. I would never do that," she explained.
Preston also elaborated on how she felt at the time of her disqualification.
"What I will say about them taking it away from me... Basically, the reason why it was taken away from me is hypocrisy, because if you watch why Tyra said, 'Lisa won,' she said something like, 'You have a past but you're not a victim of your past,' [etc]. And I'm just kind of looking and saying, 'Okay the reason why you gave it to Lisa is the reason why you took it away from me -- that you're being a hypocrite. So that part, when I saw that, I was very offended and of course I was very hurt initially when they told me, 'Hey, we can't give this to you because of whatever, whatever," Preston told the website.
America's Next Top Model is now shooting the 20th cycle of the show featuring both male and female models.
See the slideshow for the photos of Angelea and decide whether she deserves the crown.