BEND, Ore. - A Bend teen was crowned America's Next Top Model, in the popular reality TV show that shows aspiring models competing in a variety of photo shoots and runway challenges.
This was the 20th season for the show hosted and created by elite model Tyra Banks. But it was the first time that male models were included in the competition.
In the final episode, Jourdan Miller, 19, was up against two other finalists - who happened to both be men. She thought there was a good chance a guy would take home the top prize.
And then Banks announced - Miller had won!
"Oh my gosh, it feels so good. It's also a little scary at the same time because I'm worried about whether or not I'm going to be successful. But you know, it just feels really good. I'm proud of myself," she said after the big announcement. "It's been a long journey and the last six months of hiding out are over and I can finally let the world know that I'm America's Next Top Model. It's a relief to have it out in the open and everyone knows I won!"
Each episode features unique challenges as the competitors are whittled down to a final three.
As the winner, Miller earned a career-launching prize package included a $100,000 national ad campaign with GUESS, a fashion feature in Nylon Magazine, and a modeling contract with Next Model Management.
Miller told KTVZ-TV in Bend that more than anything else, the show taught her not to be afraid to follow her dreams.