Gapped-tooth and gorgeous, Danielle Evans was named "America's Next Top Model" on Wednesday's finale. Along with winning the title, Danielle scored a contract with Ford Models, a $100,000 CoverGirl contract and a spread in Elle magazine to be shot by famous photographer Gilles Bensimon. "Danielle has an amazing attitude. She took what we said in judging and made it work in her photos," says creator Tyra Banks. All four judges consistently praised Evans's pictures, but had criticism for her heavy southern twang.
"I didn't realize I had an accent until I watched myself on television!" says the 20-year-old former babysitter, who ultimately toned down the accent by speaking more slowly.
"I've wanted to be a model since I was 12, but not just a model ? a supermodel," Danielle said. She beat out fellow finalists Jade, 26, the diva restaurant hostess, and Joanie, 24, the blond-haired, blue-eyed sales associate who was the odds-on favorite to win.
Despite having a supermodel's height, at 6 feet, and overcoming her southern twang, Danielle had one other obstacle to overcome - her teeth. After being prodded by Tyra and warned that she would never sign a make-up contract given that imperfection, she had a dentist close (but not completely) her trademark gap between her front teeth.
"If I didn't decide to close the gap, I possibly would have been going home," she said. "I am a very smart girl. Yes, I was upset initially, but I am not stupid. I compromised. I got it closed a little, but I still have a bit of my signature trademark."