Perth Top Model winner loving New York
Tahnee Atkinson. Picture: WireImage

After the shock news this week that Perth Australia's Next Top Model contestant Taylah Roberts was booted off the hit modelling search because of a violent altercation, AAA tracked down WA's only winner of the series, Tahnee Atkinson.

It's been more than four years since North Fremantle-raised Atkinson, 21, was announced the winner of the hit Foxtel series but since being thrust into the global fashion spotlight, life hasn't stopped for the curvy stunner who is based in New York.

"Living in New York has been a lot of fun," she says. "It's a very different lifestyle to little old Perth, that's for sure."

Revered for her voluptuous figure, Atkinson says her curves haven't proved a hindrance with her modelling since moving to the US.

"I'm consistently going to casting and getting work," she explains. "Brands and photographers are embracing my body type and image."

Reflecting on how much life has changed since claiming the Top Model title in 2009, Atkinson is happy with where her modelling career is heading.

"It's hard to believe Top Model was four years ago," she recalls. "I feel like I've accomplished a lot since then and exciting doors keep opening for me.

"I've been very lucky. I've been able to travel and meet new friends from all around the world."

But it's not all work and no play - Atkinson has also been able to get out and enjoy a social life beyond her busy modelling schedule.

"I managed to go to Coachella in Palm Springs with some friends from Perth, which was amazing," she says, adding that she tries to make regular trips back here to visit family and friends.

"I like to go back to Perth as often as I can. It's my favourite place in the world. I miss my family and friends incredibly, so it's always nice to go home to family-cooked meals and visit my dad on the farm."

Although Perth will always be close to her heart, Atkinson is happy to call New York home.

"The world of modelling can be unpredictable but for now New York is my base and work has been keeping me busy," she says.

"I think I'll try to make the most of my three-year visa."

As for Roberts, she tells AAA she won't let the controversial incident where she choked fellow contestant Ashley Pogmore stop her from pursuing a career in modelling.

"Modelling is one of the only things I've ever wanted to do," 18-year-old Roberts, left, says. "I think I still have a chance at becoming a successful model despite what happened."

The West Australian

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