"[My success] really started after the show, 'cause that really didn't do anything for my career, which, it doesn't do anything for any model's career, realistically," Harlow told Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" Tuesday night when a caller asked about her rise to fame. "But a photographer from London hit me up—major photographer Nick Knight—and he was like, 'Hey, I've seen your photos online, and I want to do a shoot with you.' It went viral, and I got campaigns from there, and it hasn't stopped since."
Harlow, like other aspiring models, was expected more opportunity after competing on the show. "That's why I went on," she explained. "Because I thought, 'That was going to be a career starter.' But it was really a reality TV show. That's not what I signed up for."
"Wow, so it's almost like you made it in spite of the show," Cohen replied.
"Well, I wouldn't like to say that," Harlow clarified. "Because it's still a part of my history, and I'm really grateful for everything that I've done to get where I am."