America's Next Top Model: Told She'd Never Make It

Talk about someone who defied the odds and became hugely successful! Whitney Thompson, the winner of this season of America’s Top Model was the first plus-sized woman to win the contest. Some people said she’d never make it.

She made her mark on the hit show by standing out – gaining attention for being outspoken and extremely confident. "People always say you have to be stick-skinny, emaciated and unhealthy and I've kind of stood up for [being full-figured] my whole life," Thompson told the New York Post in her first post-victory interview. She’s now looking to be a role model for young girls, emphasizing that beauty is more than simply having an ultra-thin body type. “I have the purpose and drive and I’m trying to change the face of fashion and society….It starts with a single step.” She said.

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