20-year-old Olivia Donaldson from Perth was announced as the winner of THE FACE AUSTRALIA during last night’s final episode of the FOX8 series.
Hosted by fashion photographer Georges Antoni, THE FACE AUSTRALIA is Foxtel’s locally produced, modelling reality series featuring supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cheyenne Tozzi and Nicole Trunfio competing against one another to find Australia’s next modelling superstar.
Over the past eight weeks on air, the series has been full of drama and tension as the mentors have gone head to head, resulting in Nicole’s entire team being eliminated just over halfway through the competition.
Last night’s final episode started with five girls still in the running – three from Team Naomi and two from Team Cheyenne. After a tough interview in front of a panel of Olay representatives, Naomi lost Chantal Monaghan (18) from Brisbane and Ruth Willmer (20) from Perth, leaving her final girl, Sarah Tilleke (19) from Perth, to go up against Yaya Deng (20) from Sydney and Olivia.
It was a tight race to the finish as the top three girls then walked in a spectacular runway finale dressed by American designer Zac Posen, before Lauren Young, Brand Manager for Olay Australia, announced Olivia the winner.
Olivia will now become the face of Fresh Effects by Olay – a new collection designed for younger skin by the world’s number one skincare brand, Olay. Earning a real contract as the brand ambassador for Fresh Effects by Olay, Olivia will launch the product to the Australian market and front a national advertising campaign.
"Being crowned the winner of THE FACE AUSTRALIA and becoming the face of Fresh Effects by Olay has definitely changed my life forever. Words cannot describe how excited I am to be an ambassador for Olay. It's such an amazing honour to be representing an iconic, global brand that helps women to be their most beautiful, and is such a huge step in my career," said Olivia.