For someone who could barely even get up in front of her class to make a speech, Australia's Next Top Model season eight winner Melissa Juratowitch has sure come a long way.
"Until the show I was never really comfortable getting up in front of the class and doing an oral presentation," she told AAA on stage at Sydney's The Star casino mere moments after being announced the winner on Tuesday night.
"But I just got up on stage on national TV and answered questions so I think that confidence thing has really changed for me."
The 16-year-old Melbourne schoolgirl - who only entered after being spotted in the crowd at auditions - was surprisingly cool, calm and collected after her huge victory, which landed her $20,000 cash, a Nissan Dualis and a modelling contract with international agency IMG Models.
Juratowitch, who is single, will also appear on the cover of the November issue of Harper's Bazaar, which hits newsstands on October 7.
The Christina Ricci look-alike's victory came as a shock after a fierce social-media campaign for favourites and fellow Victorian schoolgirls Shanali Martin and Nyadak "Duckie" Thot.
This season has been hailed as the most unique and diverse group of finalists the show has produced and Juratowitch's ethereal look and small stature is testament to that.
"The other two, they've got a massive following. I was standing on the stage there waiting for Jen to say Shanali, and then she said my name and my face just dropped."
Currently in Year 11, Juratowitch - who was the youngest contestant in the competition and would love to work for Calvin Klein one day - is hoping she will be able to balance her final year at high school with modelling commitments.
"I've always been really into school and I like to get good grades, and I've had high expectations for myself," she explained.
"If next year is anything like this year I don't know if I'll be at school fulltime but there's obviously lots of alternatives these days like distance ed."
After a successful year as host of Australia's Next Top Model, Jennifer Hawkins is yet to sign on for another season.Charlotte Dawson, Alex Perry and Didier Cohen are also yet to confirm whether they will return to the judging panel.
Writer Holly Richards flew to Sydney as a guest of Foxtel.