From a media release – July 15, 2009:
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at final judging on CTV’s CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. After weeks of challenges, trips, and photos shoots, Meaghan, 19 from Winnipeg, outlasted 11 eliminations to become the last model standing and win the title of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. Host Jay Manuel and the judges, FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Montreal native and A-List photographer Mike Ruiz, and photo shoot Creative Director Nolé Marin, all agreed she had what it takes to win the competition and become Canada’s next model sensation. “Every emotion is pouring through my veins right now,” Meaghan said immediately after being named Canada’s Next Top Model. “I want to travel. I want to do as many photo shoots around the world as possible. I want to make it all happen. It is official – Meaghan Waller is a model.”
Following her spectacular journey on the show, Meaghan is immediately being thrust into the forefront of the fashion world. Now represented by world-renowned modelling agency Elmer Olsen Models, this week is chock-full for Meaghan with a FASHION Magazine editorial spread, Elmer’s Boot Camp to Big Time, where she’ll meet with international agencies, and a promotional shoot for Capezio Shoes. And of course, Meaghan will be the face of Cover Girl campaigns across the country as she is the proud new owner of a $100,000 beauty contract from P&G Beauty.
Although immensely talented in her own right, Linsay from Edmonton was edged out of the #1 spot. While the judges said she’s stunning and takes great photos, they didn’t think that she had enough international appeal. The judges maintained that Meaghan’s look is current, she had fantastic photos throughout the competition, and had a spectacular presence at the final fashion show.
Here’s a quick recap of how three became one: The top three girls had a try at a FASHION Magazine cover try where they all produced gorgeous photos. But when it came time for three to become two, the judges grew tired of Nikita’s self-deprecating attitude and sent her back to Calgary. The final two, Meaghan and Linsay, stomped it out in a fierce fashion show for designers The Blonds in their final challenge. The judges agonized over their final choice, but in the end, meek Meaghan rose above and took the title of CTV’s Canada Next Top Model.
Encore presentations of tonight’s episode air on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel, Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET; on MTV, Thursday at 10 p.m. ET; and a Sunday night catch-up broadcast airs on ‘A’ at 10 p.m. ET.
Find out more about all 11 finalists, with interviews, episode recaps, behind-the scenes photos and videos, and biographies, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.