Eva Marcille Sterling, née Pigford is an American fashion model and actress. She was the winner of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 3 in 2004.

Early Life

Eva was born on October 30, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. She attended Marina Del Rey Middle School, then Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, California in 2002. She attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia; however, she left the school shortly after it was revealed that she was the winner of cycle 3.


Eva was known for her strong attitude at castings, which led to Tyra confronting her, saying she doesn't want to "cast another black bitch". Eva teared up, and they both hugged.

She also had a complicated relationship with Ann throughout the show. Notably Ann refused to hug Eva when she was eliminated in episode twelve.

Eva was declared the winner over Yaya.

Eva made constant guest appearances in future cycles. She was a guest star for the challenge in episode seven of All-Stars, and she posed with the girls of Cycle 24 in episode thirteen for the spider photoshoot, a reference to the spider shoot in Eva's cycle.


Her prizes for winning were a CoverGirl Cosmetics contract, a spread in Elle Magazine, and a modeling contract with Ford Models.

Eva was voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL Entertainment. She has been featured on America's Next Top Model: Exposed on the CW.

She has appeared on the cover of Brides Noir, Women's Health and Fitness, King magazine, IONA, and Essence magazine. Her other modeling credits include DKNY, Samsung, Red by Marc Ecko, Jewel magazine, In Touch Weekly magazine, King magazine, IONA, UNleashed magazine, Star Magazine, Elle, Elle Girl, Applebottoms, and Lerner Catalog.

Marcille's runway shows include the Marc Bouwer Fall 2005, Elle Girl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America's Next Top Model 2005, Gharani Strok Fall 2005, Deborah Lindquist Spring 2006, Naqada Spring 2006, and 8th Annual 'Models of Perfection' Show 2006.

On November 15, 2006, Marcille left her managers Benny Medina and Tyra. She later officially dropped "Pigford" from her name, now going by Eva Marcille (a modification of her middle name), according to her official website and MySpace. Eva then signed to L.A. Models.

Marcille has guest-starred on several series on UPN and The CW, which include two episodes of Kevin Hill, one episode of Smallville, one episode of Everybody Hates Chris, and one episode of The Game as herself. Moreover, Marcille has also appeared on TBS' House Of Payne. In 2005, Marcille appeared in a first-season episode of the MTV improv show Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out. In December 2007, Marcille played a featured role in an episode of Smallville. She appeared as single mother Tyra Hamilton on The Young and the Restless.

In addition, Marcille hosted BET J's reality show My Model Looks Better Than Your Model, as well as Rip the Runway on BET. Furthermore, she has appeared in several music videos, including "Baby" by Angie Stone Ft. Betty Wright, 50 Cent's "I Get Money" and Jamie Foxx's "DJ Play a Love Song". She is also mentioned in Lil' Kim's song, "I know you see me".

In film, her credits include The Walk, Crossover, and I Think I Love My Wife.

Marcille became engaged to Atlanta-based attorney Michael Sterling in December 2017. Marcille and Sterling married on October 7, 2018, and they have a son.

In August 2017, Marcille competed in the first season of VH1's Scared Famous, with Don Benjamin from Cycle 20, which premiered on October 23, 2017. Eva placed 5th on the show. She joined Season 10 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta as a friend of Nene Leakes and was promoted to a full-time cast member in 2018 for season 11.


Her and Ann's fight with Amanda and Jennipher ranked number seven on MsMojo's YouTube video "Top 10 Craziest Fights on America's Next Top Model".[1]


  • Eva is tied with Nicole Fox in Cycle 13 as being the shortest winner in ANTM.
  • Eva is the first black winner in ANTM and the Top Model franchise.
  • Eva is the first ANTM girl to be named "CoverGirl Of The Week" in episode two.
  • At 3.9 million followers, Eva is the second most followed girl on Instagram, the first being Winnie Harlow in Cycle 21.


  • "Because I'm cute! I'm sorry, Jennipher, I am!"
  • "Toccara actually disclosed to me that she thought she was gonna win because she got a lot of applause. You got applause because your titties are out, girl!"
  • "First of all, I didn't even know you were a bitch!"
  • (When asked who the most annoying girl in the group is) "Everyone's equally annoying!"
  • "Everyone freakin' says to me that I'm a diva! So how do I not be a diva?"

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