<p><span></span>For model <strong>Brittani Kline</strong>, winning the title of America's Next Top Model is just the beginning. "[Winning] was just the fuel to my fire," the leggy 19-year-old beauty tells <em>Life & Style</em>. "The girls who have won <em>Top Model</em> in the past don't go as far as I'd like to go." </p>
Fresh off being crowned the cycle-16 winner by supermodel and host Tyra Banks, Brittani tells Life & Style how she plans to turn her $100,000 contract with CoverGirl into a lifelong career and how she plans to stand out from all the rest.
How happy are you to be this cycle's winner?
When I won, there were just so many things running through my mind because I was so emotional. It was a shock to me and I was proud of myself and happy - it was changing my life, so I was just overwhelmed. My whole family and town are very supportive and proud of me. It's awesome.
Tyra says there have been so many winners, each winner gets 15 seconds of fame. How do you plan to take advantage of yours?
I look at it this way: Top Model wasn't necessarily my dream. My dream was to be a supermodel. This was just the fuel to my fire: I plan on doing a lot more. I finally have an agency that's going to represent me well, and I'm working with CoverGirl. I hope to keep working with CoverGirl for as long as they'll have me. I like to think that I have pretty good networking skills and can hopefully climb my way to greater success and not just stop at the name Top Model.
How do you plan to stand out as a supermodel?
As far as being different from all the other models out there, I think it's the story and the background that I have. I'm fine with being a role model and having people look up to me. I'd like to be able to do things for the community and give back as much as I can. I plan on being as busy as possible and working and any free time I have I'm still going to be the same person I was before the show.
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<p><strong>What are some of your modeling inspirations?</strong><br />
When I was about 7 years old, my mother and I were looking at a catalogue, and I wanted to be the kid with the toys. I was like, "That looks so cool; I want to do that." After I graduated from high school, I started modeling in the Philadelphia area and just building my portfolio and gaining experience. I did have experience before Top Model, and I think that helped me in the competition.
How did Tyra impact you throughout the show?
She definitely affected me when the whole thing with Alexandria happened. She kind of put me down in the dumps and changed my whole outlook on the competition. It was rough when she pretty much told me she didn't want me there. Then after a while, we finally got to sit down and talk to her in our Moroccan apartment, and I realized she wasn't holding a grudge against me.
Did that make you more thick-skinned?
I have been told no plenty of times in my life. I've been told I'm not good enough, I'm not skinny enough, my eyebrows aren't right, my nose is crooked. And one thing Tyra said is that the asymmetry of my face makes me who I am. People don't want cookie-cutter girls for models, they want the girls who look different.
Is that the one thing she said that has stuck with you the most?
The thing she said that stuck with me the most, that surprised me, I actually saw on TV and didn't even know she said because it was during the judges' deliberation. But when she was shooting with me and said she got chills because of the way I bore through the camera, that gave me chills. It was just crazy; it was a huge compliment.
Any past winners you hope to model your career after or reach out to for advice?
Not really, because none of the past Top Models have really impressed me with their careers, not to be rude. A lot of the girls who have won in the past haven't gone as far as I'd like to go. Honestly, I didn't watch the show a lot as I was growing up because I was always working, but one person who I do really want to talk to, become friends with and get advice from would be Jane from last cycle. She got signed with IMG, and I hear she has an amazing career. I think she's a beautiful model, and I love her look.
One year from now and five years from now, where will you be?
One year from now I'll probably still be living in New York with Molly and hopefully doing a lot of runway shows, print work and campaigns -- and I'd still like to be working with CoverGirl. In five years, I'd like to take a turn and get away from the runway work and put on a little more weight if I can and do Victoria's Secret. I really don't have control over my body -- it does what it wants. I'm kind of incapable of gaining weight, to be honest. But if I could gain weight and be a little curvier, I think Victoria's Secret would be an awesome thing to do. It would be so much fun.
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