Factory worker crowned Canada's Next Top Model
Published Thursday, July 19, 2007 6:23AM EDT
TORONTO - Rebecca Hardy, a tomboyish meat packing plant worker from Mannheim, Ont., was crowned "Canada's Next Top Model'' in a tear-filled season finale of the catty reality TV series on Wednesday night.
"I'm super thrilled,'' the five-foot-11 redhead with the edgy bob haircut said in an interview at the CHUM building in Toronto as the last episode of Cycle 2 of the Citytv reality TV series was airing.
Hardy, 22, beat out four other women in the finale to win the title, which carries a C$100,000 beauty contract with Procter & Gamble, a modelling contract and an editorial spread in Fashion Magazine.
As "Canada's Next Top Model,'' she said she likely won't continue working at the plant in Kitchener, Ont., where she blends different raw meats on the graveyard shift Monday to Friday.
"I took a vacation, so I doubt I'll be going back after this,'' Hardy said with a laugh.
The last episode of the series, hosted by Jay Manuel, saw four contestants -- Rebecca, Tia, Tara and Sinead -- posing for a Cover Girl photo shoot.
Judges praised Hardy's photo, saying she has an edgy, contemporary look that will work on international runways and carry her far in the fashion world.
"You either love her or you hate her,'' Jeanne Beker said to fellow judges Nole Marin, Yasmin Warsame and Paul Alexander in the episode.
Hardy and Sinead, a cute brunette with a pixie haircut, were then picked as the final two and had to duke it out in a runway showdown in Toronto.
Hardy cried when Manuel announced her name as the winner, which is out of character for her.
"I'm not one to really cry that much so I'm kind of more reserved in that sense,'' she said.
"But when you're standing there, you're holding your breath and when they told me that I'd won I was just in shock and then I was crying a little bit.''
This is the second season of "Canada's Next Top Model,'' based on the popular "America's Next Top Model'' series, hosted by model-turned-daytime TV show host Tyra Banks.
Throughout the series, the girls had to live together and compete in a variety of challenges, including strutting on a catwalk on an ice rink and posing for a variety of fashion shoots, including one in the nude and one with sea creatures.
The last season of the show, which was won by Andrea Muizelaar of Whitby, Ont., was hosted by model-turned-actor Tricia Helfer who left to concentrate on her acting career.