December 21, 2004 -- AN Army captain- turned-knockout was crowned "The Swan" last night.
DeLisa Stiles, a 32-year-old veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, walked away with "The Swan" tiara — but not with her marriage.
While filming this fall, "Swan" cameras captured the dramatic moment when Stiles was served divorce papers, ending her eight-year union.
The sad end of her marriage temporarily threw Stiles into an emotional retreat, but she pulled herself up by the bootstraps and charged forward to her new look.
Doctors used photo facials to erase freckles and brown spots caued by the harsh desert sun. Stiles conquered her own battle of the bulge and slimmed into a feminine figure — with the help of a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and thigh liposuction.
Stiles took home more than $300,000 in cash and prizes in a beauty pageant judged by singer Carnie Wilson, 1993 Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, Us Weekly west coast editor Ken Baker, L.A. Models runway division director Crista Klayman and motivational speaker Larry Thompson.
"DeLisa is the deserving 'Swan,' " said executive producer Nely Galan. "She worked the hardest inside and out, and emerged a gorgeous woman, who I know will be very successful in life."
The runner-up was Gina Bravata, a 27-year-old California woman who went on "The Swan" with her younger sister.
Third place went to Erica Moore, a 25-year-old Washington woman who needed a surgeon's help to cut away layers of sagging skin left by radical weight loss.