At 15, she towers over the other girls at 1.82m and after yesterday, Diya Prabhakar has even more reason to stand tall.
The panel of six judges picked her as the The New Paper New Face 2014 winner.
Her prize includes $10,000 in cash and an exclusive feature in Her World magazine.
Diya said: "I'm not sure yet what I will do with the money. Maybe I'll give it to charity but I will give it to my parents first.
"I might also give the money to my older brother and save some."
Her brother, an International Baccalaureate student at St. Joseph's Institution, is even taller than her, at 1.92m.
Her parents - Mr A. Prabhakar, a 48-year-old director of a restaurant, and Mrs Asha Prabhakar, a 46-year-old housewife - were at Takashimaya Square to cheer their daughter on.
"We're so proud of her. She really worked hard for this and had to juggle her O levels as well," said Mrs Prabhakar.
Diya, a Tampines Secondary School student, will be taking her O levels this year.
She said: "Sometimes I had to leave school early just to make it in time for the photo shoots. The school had to accommodate."
What next after the exams?
Diya, who has two years of modelling experience, wants to be a model when she is done with her studies.
"My dream is to become a model, so I want to try the international scene," she said.
"However, if that doesn't work out, I want to go junior college and see what I want to do.
"I'm more to the analytical side, so I want to do something in mathematics or finance."