Krista White achieved her “America’s Next Top Model” dream, taking those cheekbones all the way to the end.
On the Wednesday night (May 12) finale, the 26-year-old from Pine Bluff, Ark., had the goods to take down fellow finalist Raina Hein in front of the cameras and on the runway.
White began pretty rocky at the beginning of the season, but improved her skills each episode, winning challenge after challenge as she neared the finale.
At the final CoverGirl shoot, her photos were not as fun and flirty as Hein’s, but White somehow worked through the commercial despite nerves, forgetting her lines and having to rely on cue cards.
The Anna Sui runway finale required the finalists to be lighthearted and fun, something that White was able to pull off even has she delivered a strong walk down the runway. Hein was clearly not as powerful with her walk, only improving when the two of them had to pair up and walk side by side, matching White’s stride.
Former Cycle 14 contestants Angelea, Alexandra, Alasia and Jessica also joined them, as did “shorty” Cycle 13 winner Nicole.
In the end, White’s ability to grasp modeling concepts and put them into practice and her unusual, angular look won the judges over.
“You are the embodiment of a top model,” said Tyra Banks. “You learned and you listened and you blossomed. There’s an honesty and rawness about you.”
White was so overwhelmed upon winning, she started crying, causing judge Andre Leon Talley to tear up as well.
“I can’t believe it. I want to pinch myself,” said White. “Nobody thought it would be me. For me, to be from the small Pine Bluff with maybe 100 or something people where nobody ever leaves. It’s amazing … I’m excited I’m America’s Next Top Model.”
As the winner, White gets a contract with Wilhelmina Models, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics and a six-page spread and cover of Seventeen magazine.
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