Ann Marie Ward (born April 20, 1991) is an American fashion model, best known as the winner of Cycle 15 of America's Next Top Model.
Ward states that Dallas, Texas is her hometown, although she hails from nearby Prosper, a small suburb that straddles Collin and Denton counties. She graduated from Prosper High School in 2009. She stated repeatedly that she was mocked during school due to her height and slim figure, which caused her to develop self-confidence problems.
In 2010, Ward appeared in Cycle 15 of the CW Network reality television show, America's Next Top Model, in which she competed against thirteen other aspiring models. Ward was immediately distinguishable for her 6'2" height. The judges were also shocked by her extremely thin waist, which was so skinny that runway trainer J. Alexander could nearly wrap both his hands all the way around it. Upon first seeing Ward, show host and retired supermodel Tyra Banks said, "There's something about her that I like!" A trailer for America's Next Top Model showed Banks's comments immediately after a discussion about Ward's waist, which created a public backlash that Banks was condoning overly skinny models. Later, Banks released a press statement clarifying this was not the case, claiming the editing gave the wrong impression, and apologizing for "any confusion, anger or disappointment" it caused.