Only a month after a Lebanese girl won the Miss USA beauty competition, a Syrian-born woman has won Germany's Top Model 2010 competition. 20-year old Damascus-born Alisar Ailabouni beat 23,000 other women to win the contest hosted by Heidi Klum. Winning Germany's Top Model is widely considered a major step in a models career.
Raised in Mattighofen in Upper Austria, Ailabouni began her training in a tourism school, though she had to drop out after she had problems paying for the program. To help her family earn money, she started working as a saleswoman.
Now that Ailabouni has won the competition, her ascent into the modeling world is sealed. She has already signed a contract to appear on the cover of the German addition of Cosmopolitan Magazine and will no longer have to work in tourism or sales.