Whitney Thompson became the first plus-size woman to win "America's Next Top Model" on Wednesday night.
"People always say you have to be stick-skinny, emaciated and unhealthy and I've kind of stood up for [being full-figured] my whole life," Thompson told the New York Post in her first post-victory interview.
"I'm not going to lose 50 pounds — if someone asks me to do that, I'll go to another [modeling] agency," she said. "I've already heard online from boys and girls all over the world who are dealing with eating disorders. They're thanking me for standing up and saying, 'I am a plus-size model and I am beautiful.'"
Thompson added that people should look like she does, "rather than skin-and-bones, which is disgusting and sends a bad message to people everywhere."
As the winner of "Top Model," 20-year-old Thompson, of Atlantic Beach, Fla., will have a fashion spread in Seventeen and an Elite modeling contract.