Host Sarah Murdoch with finalists Montana Cox, Liz Braithwaite and Simone Holtznagel.
Host Sarah Murdoch with finalists Montana Cox, Liz Braithwaite and Simone Holtznagel.

Tonight's Australia's Next Top Model finale was drama free as Montana Cox was crowned the winner of the seventh and biggest season of Foxtel's most successful series.

Cox, from Victoria, beat out Elizabeth "Liz" Braithwaite, who came second, and Wollongong's Simone Holtznagel to win the cash prize, modelling contact with leading agency Chic Management and the cover of Haper's Bazaar.

Last year's series made world headlines when host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner.

It was a different story earlier tonight at the Sydney Opera House in front of a star studded audience as Murdoch - who looked stunning in a red fitting Roland Mouret gown - made sure she had the winner written on an envelope rather than receive the verdict through an earpiece.

"It couldn't have gone better," a clearly relieved Murdoch told Access All Areas after the show.

"I felt a lot of pressure.

"It was like they were waiting for me to make a mistake, but it was a great show and it went and I am very happy and relieved."

Eighteen year old Cox was chosen entirely from the voting public and despite being the favourite, was overwhelmed by the result.

"It feels so surreal, I am so shaken," Cox told AAA directly after finding out she was the winner.

"I have dreamt of this moment for a very long time, it is just out of this world.

"I had no idea what the final outcome was going to be. It was so exciting that I got there in the finish."

Cox, who is single, said she took three months off Year 12 to film the show and has literally just finished her schooling.

"I have packed so much into this year - school and Top Model, everything at once but it has been such an amazing experience.

"I definitely think modelling is for me," she said when asked whether she is going to take it up as a full time career.

In attendance was Top Model fan and Perth supermodel Megan Gale who told AAA before the show while she loved Braithwaite she thought she wasn't ready yet with her confidence.

Gale said she thought Cox would win as she was the most ready to tackle the highly competitive modelling world.

This year's series was the biggest yet as it took the top year to Paris and the final three to Dubai.

Other high profile top model fans to watch the live verdict included Lincoln Lewis and his girlfriend Rhiannon Fish, Dan Ewing, Amazing Race Australia winner Nathan Joliffe, Laura Dundovic and Celebrity Apprentice Australia contestants Jesinta Campbell and Didier Cohen.

The West Australian

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