Ann Ward Wins 'America's Next Top Model' and Confidence

Ann Ward Wins 'America's Next Top Model' and Confidence

The 18-year-old, who happens to have a very small waist, beat Chelsey Hersley in the final runway walk-off in a Robert Cavalli show.

Ann Ward was crowned the winner of "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 15 winner on Wednesday, December 1. The 18-year-old is the 6 ft., 2 in. model with the "tiniest waist" Tyra Banks had ever seen. Ward, originating from Dallas, now reveals that she gains not only prizes but also confidence through the victory.

"Going into the competition I was super insecure about myself. I had just gotten out of high school about a year ago, so I'd been through all the teenage drama, bullying and stuff," Ward tells Billy Bush and Kit Hoover of "Access Hollywood Live" Thursday morning. Ward said growing up, she was taunted about her tall frame.

"It was really nerve racking going into the competition thinking I wasn't going to fit it or they wouldn't like my height, just like they did in the Dallas modeling industry, but once I was there I gained so much confidence," she continues. "I really embraced who I was while I was there. "

As a winner, Ward received a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, a contract with IMG Models, the cover of Beauty In Vogue, fashion spreads in Vogue Italia and Beauty In Vogue, as well as a prominent feature on Vogue Italia's website,

But Ward admits that she won't splash on luxurious items. "I don't really want to splurge too much," Ward says. "[I will] probably [buy] shoes, I don't have very many shoes."


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    sa and dd
    Feb 17, 2011

    hi ann, we are so happy that you are the one who won on americas next top model, you are very lovely lady and you deserve to be crowned . you are a nice person inside and out. congratulations ann

    Dec 22, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS ANN!!!! More Power to you! Just focused and be yourself.... from your ANTM fans from the Philippines

    Dec 10, 2010

    congrats ann; you really deserve it. I really like your personality from the beginning of the show

    Dec 09, 2010

    congrats to deserve it...such a sweet and down to earth proud of you =)

    Dec 04, 2010

    show was rigged for Ann to win....certainly the commercial because Ann couldn't do a legitimate commercial....tyra banks is a joke and so is her show....

    Dec 03, 2010

    Ugly Adams Apple Adams Ann... Tyra's freak....

    let down
    Dec 03, 2010

    Chelsey so should have won!

    Dec 03, 2010

    i feel tyra and others don'tknow what beauty is (ANN) please, where do they get the girls from.GIVE ME A BREAK OR A BEER

    Dec 02, 2010

    Have totally been on team Ann since day 1!! So happy. Got so many tears! U roc! xx

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