Klum crowns Sara 'Germany's Next Topmodel'
Published: 22 May 2009 09:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 May 2009 09:17 GMT+02:00
Sara, a 19-year-old whose parents come from Ethiopia, became the fourth winner of Heidi Klum’s show "Germany’s Next Topmodel" on Thursday night before an audience of 15,000 in Cologne.
The Munich student squared off against blonde student Mandy from Witten and brunette Marie from Gauting for the final round of the television show viewed by some 4.61 million Germans nationwide. According to Klum, the judging came down to nuances, but Sara’s distinctive look, which is “something very special,” made the difference in the end.
“She has a super figure, a super charisma – and is nice in addition to these things,” Klum said during the show, which broadcast on ProSieben.
When Klum, sporting a round baby bump, announced the winner, the 1.76-metre tall Sara broke into tears on stage as audience members went wild.
“I never thought I’d make it through the first round,” Sara said, thanking her boyfriend for encouraging her to attend a casting. More than 21,000 girls in Germany tried out for the show.
“Most of the girls fought to get here,” Klum said, “but your boyfriend had to drag you behind him.”
The live final show included a runway show with lingerie and evening gowns. Sara exhibited strong nerves and self-confidence.
Her talents won her two ad campaigns and a cover for women’s magazine Cosmopolitan. This year the winner did not get a contract with a modelling agency.