America's Next Top Model Champ An Avid Hip-Hop Fan


Next Top Model champ Eva Pigford may be a promising model, but the 19-year-old

beauty says she's also an avid fan of Hip-Hop,

naming entrepreneur P. Diddy as her number one artist.


man is a hustler," Eva told "He

has a great smile, and he saved so many lives and touched so many people.


when you have this power to be an inspiration, it's your

job to do something with it," Pigford continued. "He

is a prime example of making a change."

Pigford enthusiastically

expressed her adoration of the equally fashion-savvy Chicago rapper Kanye West,

who's been receiving as much love from award organizations

lately with loads of nominations.

Besides modeling,

the Los Angeles student, whose father was a jazz musician, is keen on acting

and singing as well. "I would love to be a singer but I can't hold a note,"

Eva said laughing.

"So I don't

know if that one will necessarily work. I love entertainment. I love to be of

help to other people whatever way I can."

Throughout the

third season of the popular UPN sitcom America's Next Top Model, prominent super

model Tyra Banks along with several industry

judges narrowed down a select few of 14 eager girls hoping to be the next big


The judges tightened

the field each week through various

demanding competitions.

Among the judges

were the self-proclaimed "world's first supermodel" Janice Dickinson,

fashion photographer Nigel Barker and Nole Marin, a fashion editor and stylist.

Eva was frequently

labeled as the girl with the attitude in addition to being the shortest of the

bunch. As the winner, Pigford received a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics,

an opportunity to be managed by Ford Models and a fashion spread in Elle magazine.

In the finale,

the petite, green-eyed vixen went up against fellow model aspirants Amanda Lynn

Swafford and Camara "Yaya" Da Costa Johnson.

The judges declared

Eva the winner after she competed with Yaya in a Noriko Fukushima runway