Saleisha Stowers was crowned America's Next Top Model's ninth-season champ during last night's finale.
Following the victory, the beauty said:
"When I was younger I was just weird. I had low self esteem. I just wasn't happy with my life. I've grown into a strong young woman. I'm so happy with myself right now. This is what I dreamed of. I fought for this so hard and I was so determined. I have it now and I'm not going to let it slip out."
The 21-year-old receptionist from Los Angeles received the show's grand prize package of a management deal with Elite Model Management; a $100,000 contract with cosmetics company CoverGirl; and a cover story and six-page fashion spread in an issue of Seventeen magazine.