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Last Tuesday (March 26), Oxygen crowned the winner of their newest reality show, The Face, which follows the lives of rising models as they’re coached by some of the world’s biggest supermodels. The prize: becoming the new face of Ulta Cosmetics.
After eight competitive weeks of non-stop challenges, 21-year-old Bronx native Devyn Abdullah earned her title as “The Face,” with the help of supermodel coach, Karolina KurkovÃ¡.
In light of her win, TIME got a few words from the Bronx-born beauty as she talked about life on the show and what’s coming up next.
Devyn, your life is about to change dramatically with this win. What does it mean to you?
This moment, winning The Face, and being Ulta’s face for the 2013 campaign is my break. It’s me getting my foot in the door of the modeling industry, and I’m really excited about it. I want people to love me for me, to be attracted to me for my story and where I come from and to recognize me as a businesswoman. It’s amazing. Being a single mother, working four jobs before I did this show–any single mother can relate to how hard that is. I was made to model and I was made to be a mother, so why not do just that? The Face definitely helped me with it.
Click here for the full Q&A interview.