Danielle Canute wins 'India's Next Top Model' season one

18-year-old aspiring model from Mumbai Danielle Canute crowned the winner of 'India's Next Top Model' season one. The BA second year student from St Xavier's College, Mumbai, was extremely shy at the starting of the show but gradually she went to won one after another competition. She won the title by defeating her co-participants, Gloria Tep and Rushali Rai.

Calling her journey a "roller coaster" ride, Danielle said she never expected to win the show hosted by model-actress Lisa Haydon but is happy that her hard work has paid off.

"The journey was a roller coaster for me. I had never modelled before the show. I never thought I would make it to the first round, so for me winning the competition is a dream come true," Danielle told PTI.

"I understood that there is no point racking my brain out and thinking too much about the posing. It should come naturally and I realised that eventually. I learnt a lot about modelling and thanks to this show I know now that I love it and I am going to pursue it very seriously," she said.

When asked who her biggest contender in the show was, Danielle replied, "It has to be Gloria. But I am going to miss her a lot as she was my room mate and she really behaved like my mother and took care of me."

Being a winner, Danielle Canute has received a one-year contract with bling talent management agency, a spread in Grazia magazine and is also the online face for Tresseme India for a year.

Danielle, who is a great fan of Lisa and British supermodel Cara Delevingne has not immediate plan to act in movies rather she wanted to make her career as a top catwalk star.

"I don't think I am going to try for acting right now. I just want to focus on my modelling career and try to make a name for myself like my idols."

‘India's Next Top Model’ is an Indian version of Tyra Banks-created 2003 American reality television series ‘America's Next Top Model’. The show was judged by Lisa and ace photographer Dabboo Ratnani and mentored by Anusha Dandekar.