In a blog titled, "The Truth About Top Model," the now "older and wiser" brunette sheds "some light on what went down with me after that show," detailing the struggles she faced trying to make it in the industry following her "ANTM" win.
"We were promised a Revlon contract on my season and a contract with Wilhelmina. They did voice overs on the actual aired show and changed what was being said to us while filming," she alleged. "When I met with Revlon, they informed me they never planned on using the winner, whoever she may be, for any ads. They hired me for $15k to model makeup in a room with 10 execs in it to honor said contract. I was crushed, but still very grateful. $15k is amazing!"
Unfortunately, Curry said that $15,000 never came. According to her, Wilhelmina got ticked when "Top Model" decided to offer a contract with IMG Models for Cycle 2.
"Wilhelmina claimed they were promised they'd be used again and again," said Curry. "Wilhelmina then informed me they didnt want me to be successful in any way to spite top model," she continued, saying the agency would push third place contestant Elyse more, again out of spite.
"I reached out to Tyra and 'Top Model,' desperate to get out of my contract and get advice as I was not being given any castings, etc. by an agency that wanted me to fail," she continued. "CRICKETS. Phone calls ignored. Then, my $15k for Revlon? Suddenly, I wasn't being paid."
"I had a big heart and I really looked to the show as my saviors and Tyra my angel," she added. "When I was desperate for help and being punished by my agency for being from the show after they dropped Wilhelmina ... I just wanted some guidance ... some ... something."
Curry said her agency "suddenly" became interested in her again when she was offered a gig on VH1's "Surreal Life," but Curry said it was mainly because Banks and the "Top Model" producers did not want her to participate in the reality show.
"51 minds, the producers of the 'Surreal Life' let me know that 'Top Model' has spoke to them and doesn't want me to go on. Suddenly, I exist again," she explained. "I saw Tyra and the show as angels that had saved me and gave me a new life. The realization that they didnt give a f-ck about me was crushing. I was so angry."
She said she acted wild on "Surreal Life" -- where she'd meet her former husband Christopher Knight -- on purpose. "I took joy in knowing it would bother people. It was my ode to F-CK YOU. I took every opportunity to let press know I was never paid or given my prize. I'd talk shit about Tyra just to do it. Revenge was sweet. I talked mad shit that I wouldn't do now, I was a kid."
Despite Curry's comments, she said she is "beyond grateful" to have won. "Every set back, every heart break I faced, I grew," she added. "It made me stronger. I was set on a path that led me where I am today."
"I wish Tyra well in her life and have no hard feelings anymore. She is a woman looking out for herself in a world where no one else gives a shit about you," she added in closing. "Being cut throat and numb to others in that industry is the only way to get ahead."
In one final jab towards Banks, she joked that she loved how her finale photo "didn't get hogged by Tyra," who took the photo instead of posing with them all. "She should have stuck to that, she takes great shots."
"America's Next Top Model" returns for a new season with Banks on VH1 in January 2018.