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Olivia Wardell crowned winner of Britain's Next Top Model

The 18-year-old waitress from Timsbury, Hampshire, beat out Jennifer Malengele and Alannah Beirne.

Olivia Wardell was crowned the winner of Britain's Next Top Model on Thursday night (18May17).

The 18-year-old waitress from Timsbury, Hampshire, beat Jennifer Malengele, 18, and Alannah Beirne, 23, to take home a coveted contract with the Models 1 agency, and also landed campaigns with Boohoo and Dorothy Perkins.

In the final task of the series, the contestants were asked to pose nude for a photoshoot on the beach in Cape Verde, where they have been staying and shooting for the past few weeks' episodes.

While Olivia was clearly out of her comfort zone during the shoot, head judge Abbey Clancy was on hand with some advice, telling the stunning beauty: "You're so exposed, you've got nothing on - you're wearing all your body. Put your face where the light is. Impress us, because this is your last chance to."

And the suggestion clearly hit a nerve with Olivia, who pulled it out of the bag and impressed Abbey and fellow judges Paul Sculfor, Nicky Johnston and Hilary Alexander so much that she beat runner-up Jennifer to take the win.

Olivia broke down in tears as she was announced as the winner, in scenes that were filmed last year (16).

And speaking to the Daily Mail Online after her victory was aired, Olivia said: "I haven't known what to do between winning and it being on TV. My friends have been asking if I know who the winner is and I've been saying, 'Yeah, I know her pretty well. Pretty well!'"

The 6ft 1in beauty had been told at points during the competition that her statuesque figure may prevent her from landing modelling gigs. However, she is now hoping that her experience in the competition has prepared her for a future as a successful model, and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her idol Kendall Jenner.

"I feel like this experience has prepared me for anything, and I feel like I have the tools and skills of a model, so I think I"m ready for it. We'll soon find out!" Olivia smiled.

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