Interview: Ren Vokes of 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 14

Getting hand-picked for the cast of a modeling reality show probably sounds like the perfect opportunity to many girls trying to break into this harsh, competitive business.

But for Ren Vokes, being that extra-special addition to America's Next Top Model cycle 14 presented more challenges than she was prepared to encounter, especially as someone who had never really watched the show. After that initial pat on the back for being Tyra's special thirteenth contestant, Ren then got shoved into a environment full of suspicious roommates (her competition) and unexpected pressures--one of which was the weight of being "hand-picked" in the first place.

All these stimuli in the foreign world of reality television, in Ren's words, "drove [her] a little nutty," and after three weeks she decided to leave the show, at the same time that Tyra Banks declared she would have been eliminated, anyway. As far as mutual break-ups go, this was certainly one of the most public.

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