Brazilian model Anne de Paula is the winner of the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, which means she’s the first official “rookie” for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
The Sports Illustrated team invited de Paula to come in for an interview on the live show SI Now, and that’s where they surprised her with the good news. This clip shows the exact moment she finds out she’s the winner.
On the show, de Paula was so overcome with emotion that she could barely speak, but afterward, she expressed her thanks on Instagram. “Thank you so much to everyone who made it happen, you guys are awesome and I wouldn’t be here without your help. I woke up today and had absolutely no idea that my whole life would change. I’ve been waiting for this since I started modeling and is here, is happening!!!”
You can see more of de Paula in this video where she poses in a bright-colored swimsuit made entirely of body paint, and in the following pics:
And of course, you can always follow de Paula on Instagram.