"At runway shows, I cringe at how thin the girls are," he added. "And the funny thing is, they don't look alluring. They don't look interesting. They just look incredibly young and incredibly hungry. They don't have a magnetic allure to them the way Linda Evangelista or Naomi Campbell did in the '90s. That disappears when someone gets under a healthy weight."
Thompson beat out 13 other contestants to win the 10th cycle of "America's Next Top Model." Thanks to her win, she's now a Cover Girl for CoverGirl cosmetics and is represented by Elite Model Management. She will also have a cover and six-page spread in the July issue of Seventeen and a billboard in Times Square.
Ken Mok, the executive producer of "America's Top Model," predicts Thompson could be the most successful of all the show's past winners. For her sake, and the sake of the modeling industry, he hopes she ends up being a household name.
"It's a happy breakthrough for us, in the sense of hoping that we can have an effect on the industry that embraces the skinny white girl," he said. "People in the industry poo-poo the idea of a plus-size model. But there's room for tons of different types of people in the world to model. It's ridiculous. It's discrimination, it's biased, it's people stuck in the old way of thinking. That's why it's so important that Whitney not only won but that she does well so that these people shut up."