Today, I had the pleasure of chatting with the newly crowned Canada’s Next Top Model, Meaghan Waller. Meaghan, a 19-year-old from Winnipeg, Manitoba took home the top prize over Linsay, a leggy brunette from Edmonton.
Meaghan talked to me about her future plans, her favorite photo shoots and her closest friends in the house. Her answers may surprise you! She was a total sweetheart and I wish her all the best as she embarks on an exciting career!
Full Q&A below the jump!
What inspired you to try out for Top Model?
I was actually scouted at my job, which is at a local retail store in Winnipeg. A local modeling agency approached me and asked if they could take a few photos. I went in and did, and then some were sent to Top Model. They called me and asked me to fly to Toronto the next day to go to the auditions and it all went from there.
Were you surprised by your win?
I was very surprised. I never told myself I was going to win or wasn’t going to win. I didn’t want that to be my focus. Instead I took it day by day and just wanted to see where that led me. Sure, wanting to win and dreaming about winning was always on the back burner, but I just tried my best and let what happened happen.
What was your favorite experience during your time on the show?
The entire experience was so amazing, I can’t just pick one thing that pops out at me. The girls were amazing, it was great to work with such seasoned and fantastic photographers and the photos were really fun.
What surprised you the most about modeling?
Nothing surprised me in the sense it that it took me by surprise or shocked me. I was well-informed and prepared for what I was getting myself into. The long hours were the hardest to deal with. They weren’t surprising in so much that they weren’t expected, but in that I wasn’t expecting them to be that difficult to deal with.
What were the biggest challenges you faced during the show?
There isn’t a particular challenge within the show that sticks out in my mind. Rather, it was the personal challenges. I have terrible anxieties, so it was a huge accomplishment to overcome that. I was especially proud of the New York trip. Not so much in that I won the challenge, but I struggle with new places and new directions and get overwhelmed easily with those sorts of things. To overcome go-sees and to do well at them was a huge personal accomplishment and one I’m really proud of.
What photo shoot was your favorite? Least favorite? Why?
I actually have two favorite photo shoots. The avant garde beauty shoot and the castaway brides. Both were lots of fun to shoot. I can’t say I have a least favorite, as I enjoyed all the photo shoots, but the one that was the most difficult for me was definitely the CoverGirl shoot, as you saw on the show.
Who were your closest friends in the house?
They showed me hanging out with Nikita a lot, as she’s a fun girl and has a great personality. However, I’d say I’m the closest to Linsay. She’s a really nice girl and we got along great.
What were Jay Manuel and the other judges like?
The judges were all fantastic people and a pleasure to work with. They focused on giving us constructive criticism and were dedicated to making us better models. They were there to help us and I appreciated that.
Now that you’ve won, what’s next?
Well, I’m doing press today, then have Boot Camp to Big Time for the rest of the week. On Saturday, I have my FASHION editorial shoot and on Monday, I have my first real job as a model with Capezio Shoes.
Where would you like to be in the next few years?
I’d love to work overseas and be on international runways. I want to do shows in Milan, London and Paris. I’d love to be in a Chanel show and it would be a dream if Karl Lagereld decided to make me his muse. That would be awesome!
Thank you for speaking with me today and again, congratulations!
Oh, thank you! It’s been a pleasure!
Images: Allen Yee | CTV