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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.

Main pic­ture: TIM CARRAFA

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.

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