SHE teetered on her heels a few times and almost passed out when she had to meet clients but in the end bobcat driver Brittany Beattie proved her worth on Australia’s Next Top Model.
The 20- year- old self- confessed bogan from Melbourne’s outer suburbs has achieved what might have seemed impossible at her audition – taking out the title for the 2015 season. Beattie’s angular dark looks were always a hit with photographers and earned her the top spot over the always- smiling Lucy Markovic.
“I can’t believe this time last year I was driving a truck every day around farms in my home town, and now I’ve met some of the most amazing people from fashion and modelling,” she said.
“I am in shock and can’t wait to see what happens next.”
But she says she intends to keep living in a caravan but this does not mean she is “trailer trash”.
She has been living in a caravan at her uncle’s Whittlesea property for about a year and even though she is the new face of ANTM, she has no intention of moving out in the short term.
“I moved in with my aunty and they didn’t have much space and I need space, so my uncle bought me a caravan and put it on his property,” Beattie said.
“That way I can have people over and be noisy at night ... but I’m not trailer trash.”
She said she moved out of her mother’s home because, even though they get along well, they are not compatible housemates.
“Maybe it’s because we are both Taurus ... but when we were living together we just didn’t get along,” Beattie said.
As the winner, Beattie will get an eightpage editorial spread in ELLE Australia magazine, a 12- month contract with IMG and a spot at New York Fashion Week.
Tyra Banks, creator and host of the original show, America’s Next Top Model, was the special guest judge for the final.
Host and judge Jennifer Hawkins said she thought Beattie was one of the biggest transformations in Top Model history.
“I have no doubt she will be joining our other successful winners on the international l modelling circuit very soon and will forge a solid career for herself,” Hawkins said.
Beattie says hopefully, if enough work comes her way, she’ll move much closer to Melbourne, but it’s a wait- and- see approach.
“I’m thinking I would love to move closer to Melbourne and if I need to go to Sydney I will, but I am waiting to see what happens,” Beattie said.
“I just don’t want to fade away or anything like that.
“Before I didn’t know what I wanted to do ( with my life) and now I know, it’s this.”
She said appearing on ANTM had helped shed her tomboy image and attitude.
TRANSFORMATION:TRANSFORM Winner Brittany Beattie glams it up in front of a bob cat and ( inset) when she was working as a bob cat driver.