America's Next Top Model
General Information
Genre Reality television
Created by Tyra Banks
Kenya Barris
Presented by Tyra Banks
Rita Ora
Judges Tyra Banks
Janice Dickinson
Kimora Lee Simmons
Beau Quillian
Nigel Barker
Eric Nicholson
Nolé Marin
J. Alexander
Paulina Porizkova
André Leon Talley
Kelly Cutrone
Rob Evans
Rita Ora
Ashley Graham
Drew Elliott
Law Roach
Theme music composer David Thomas
Les Pierce
Country of origin United States of America
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 24
No. of episodes 319
Executive producer(s) Tyra Banks
Producers Ken Mok
Anthony Dominici
Running time 41 - 43 minutes
Production company(s) 10 by 10 Entertainment
Bankable Productions (2003–12)
The Tyra Banks Company (2012–present)
Anisa Productions
Pottle Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network UPN (2003–06)
The CW (2006–15)
VH1 (2016–present)
Picture format NTSC (480i) (2003–11)
HDTV 1080i (2012–present)
Original release Original series:
May 20, 2003 – December 4, 2015
Revived series:
December 12, 2016 – present

America's Next Top Model (abbreviated ANTM and Top Model) s an American reality television series and interactive competition in which a number of aspiring models compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model" and a chance to begin their career in the modeling industry. Created and executive produced by Tyra Banks, the series premiered in May 2003 and was aired semiannually until 2012, then annually from 2013. The first six seasons (referred to as "cycles") were aired on UPN before UPN merged The WB to create The CW in 2006. The following sixteen cycles were aired on The CW until the series was first canceled in October 2015. The series has since been revived, with cycle 23 airing on VH1. The series was among the highest-rated programs on UPN and was the highest-rated show on The CW from 2007 to 2010. Advertisers paid $61,315 per 30-second slot during the 2011–12 television seasons, the highest of any series on The CW.

The first twenty-two cycles of the series were presented by Banks, with cycle 23 being presented by Rita Ora. The series employs a panel of three or four judges. The original panel consisted of Banks, Janice Dickinson, Beau Quillian, and Kimora Lee Simmons. Quillian and Simmons were replaced by Nigel Barker and Eric Nicholson in cycle 2 before Nicholson was replaced by Nolé Marin in cycle 3. After cycle 4, Marin and Dickinson were replaced by J. Alexander and Twiggy in cycle 5. Paulina Porizkova joined the panel in cycle 10, in place of Twiggy. After cycle 12, Porizkova was fired by Banks and the panel was left with three judges (Banks, Alexander and Barker) in |cycle 13. In cycle 14, Alexander left the panel and was replaced by André Leon Talley, but continued as the series' runway coach. In cycle 18, Kelly Cutrone replaced Talley. After cycle 18, Banks fired long-standing cast members Barker, Alexander and photo shoot director Jay Manuel. Barker was replaced by Rob Evans in cycle 19 and Manuel by Johnny Wujek. Alexander returned to the panel in cycle 21 in place of Evans, before the entire panel was replaced with Ora, Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and Law Roach in cycle 23. Ora was replaced as presenter and judge by the returning Banks for cycle 24.

Cycles 1–16 and cycle 19 each consisted of a cast of between 10 and 14 (13 or 14 from cycle 3 onwards) female contestants with no previous participation on the series. Cycle 17's cast consisted entirely of previous participants, while cycle 18's had seven new contestants and seven former "Britain's Next Top Model" participants, one of whom was the eventual winner, Sophie Sumner. Cycles 20–22 featured male contestants in the contest, including two eventual winners (Keith Carlos in cycle 21 and Nyle DiMarco in cycle 22). Cycle 23 and Cycle 24 follows the series' original format of an all-new, all-female cast. As of April 201i, 24 people have won the competition: Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Eva Pigford, Naima Mora, Nicole Linkletter, Danielle Evans, CariDee English, Jaslene Gonzalez, Saleisha Stowers, Whitney Thompson, McKey Sullivan, Teyona Anderson, Nicole Fox, Krista White, Ann Ward, Brittani Kline, Lisa D'Amato, Sophie Sumner, Laura James, Jourdan Miller, Keith Carlos, Nyle DiMarco, India Gants, and Kyla Coleman. Winners typically receive a feature in a magazine and a contract with a modeling agency among other prizes.

The series is the originator of the international Top Model franchise. Over 30 versions of the series have been produced internationally.

Background[edit | edit source]

It was announced on January 24, 2006, that Top Model would be part of the new The CW network, a merge between UPN and The WB, when the seventh cycle started in September airing on Wednesdays. The series became the first series among regular programming to air on the network. Prior to the announcement of merging with The WB, UPN had committed to renewing the series through its ninth cycle on January 20, 2006, for which casting was conducted throughout mid-2006. America's Next Top Model is the only show left on the network that was originally from UPN.

On July 21, 2006, the writers of America's Next Top Model went on strike while working on cycle 7, set to premiere on the new CW Network in September 2006. The writers sought representation through the Writers Guild of America, West, which would allow them regulated wages, access to portable health insurance, and pension benefits. These benefits would be similar to those given to writers on scripted shows. The strike was the focus of a large rally of Hollywood writers coinciding with the premiere of the new network on September 20, 2006. The dispute was chronicled in a July 24 interview on the website Television Without Pity with Daniel J. Blau, a former recapper on the site who covered the series, and at the time was an America's Next Top Model show producer. In November 2006, the writers on strike were taken off the payroll.

To celebrate its tenth cycle, America's Next Top Model aired a special installment called America's Next Top Model: Exposed in two parts on the CW on Wednesday, February 6 & 13, 2008. It reviewed the best catfights, mishaps and most memorable photo shoots, personalities, defining moments and contained other segments about the show since cycles 1 to 9, and featured a special opening fusing all three openings together. Camille McDonald (cycles 2 and 17), Toccara Jones (cycle 3), Eva Pigford (cycle 3 winner), Bre Scullark (cycles 5 and 17), Cassandra Whitehead (cycle 5), Joanie Dodds (cycle 6), Jael Strauss (cycle 8), Dionne Walters (cycle 8), Heather Kuzmich (cycle 9), and Bianca Golden (cycles 9 and 17) all returned to comment on events that happened in their or other cycles.

After announcing that the seventeenth season would be an All-Stars version, Banks said on The CW upfronts in May 2011, that there wouldn't be a "normal" season of the show anymore. With the start of the eighteenth British Invasion cycle, the program converted to high definition, becoming the second-to-last primetime show on the five major English-language broadcast networks in the United States to make the switch, and the last to air in the regular season to do so.

The show is syndicated to NBCUniversal's cable division, with Oxygen as well as Style Network carrying the series, usually in marathon form throughout the daytime period on either network and running through most of or an entire cycle. Bravo, MTV, and VH1 have also aired the series in the past. E! also currently airs reruns of ANTM.

Format[edit | edit source]

Each season of America's Next Top Model has from 9–16 episodes and starts with 10–16 contestants. Contestants are judged weekly on their overall appearance, participation in challenges, and best shot from that week's photo shoot; each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though in rare cases a double elimination or non-elimination was given by consensus of the judging panel. Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the season (usually after the first or second elimination in the finals) and a trip to an international destination is scheduled about two-thirds of the way through the season.

Judges[edit | edit source]

The series employs a panel of judges who critique contestants' progress throughout the competition. Throughout its broadcast, the program has employed thirteen judges. The original panel consisted of Tyra Banks (who also serves as its presenter), Janice Dickinson, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Beau Quillian. In the first eighteen cycles, an additional guest judge was welcomed to the panel each week. The recent lineup features Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and runway coach J. Alexander. For the nineteenth and twentieth cycles, public voting was represented on the panel by Bryanboy. Though not a judge, Jay Manuel served as the creative director during contestants' photo shoots for the first to eighteenth cycles. During the nineteenth and twentieth cycles, Johnny Wujek replaced Manuel as the creative director of all the shoots, and Yu Tsai replaced Wujek in the twenty-first and twenty-second cycles.

Upon the return of the series, the judging panel were revamped. For the 23rd cycle, Banks was replaced by British singer-model Rita Ora as the main judge and presenter, but still serves as its executive producer. She was joined by model Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and runway coach/fashion expert Law Roach.

Series overview[edit | edit source]

Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner-up Number of contestants Destination(s)
Cycle 1 May 20, 2003 Adrianne Curry Shannon Stewart 10 Paris (France)
Cycle 2 January 13, 2004 Yoanna House Mercedes Scelba-Shorte 12 Milan, Como & Verona (Italy)
Cycle 3 September 22, 2004 Eva Pigford Yaya DaCosta 14 Montego Bay (Jamaica)
Tokyo (Japan)
Cycle 4 March 2, 2005 Naima Mora Kahlen Rondot 14 Cape Town (South Africa)
Cycle 5 September 21, 2005 Nicole Linkletter Nik Pace 13 London (England)
Cycle 6 March 8, 2006 Danielle Evans Joanie Dodds 13 Bangkok & Phuket (Thailand)
Cycle 7 September 20, 2006 CariDee English Melrose Bickerstaff 13 Barcelona (Spain)
Cycle 8 February 28, 2007 Jaslene Gonzalez Natasha Galkina 13 Sydney (Australia)
Cycle 9 September 19, 2007 Saleisha Stowers Chantal Jones 13 St. John's (Antigua and Barbuda)
Shanghai & Beijing (China)
Cycle 10 February 20, 2008 Whitney Thompson Anya Kop 14 Rome (Italy)
Cycle 11 September 3, 2008 McKey Sullivan Samantha Potter 14 Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Cycle 12 March 4, 2009 Teyona Anderson Allison Harvard 13 São Paulo (Brazil)
Cycle 13 September 9, 2009 Nicole Fox Laura Kirkpatrick 14 Hawaii (U.S.A)
Cycle 14 March 10, 2010 Krista White Raina Hein 13 Auckland & Queenstown (New Zealand)
Cycle 15 September 8, 2010 Ann Ward Chelsey Hersley 14 Venice, Milan, Como & Verona (Italy)
Cycle 16 February 23, 2011 Brittani Kline Molly O'Connell 14 Marrakesh (Morocco)
Cycle 17 September 14, 2011 Lisa D'Amato Allison Harvard 14 Crete & Santorini (Greece)
Cycle 18 February 29, 2012 Sophie Sumner Laura LaFrate 14 Toronto (Canada)
Hong Kong
Cycle 19 August 24, 2012 Laura James Kiara Belen 13 Ocho Rios & Montego Bay (Jamaica)
Cycle 20 August 2, 2013 Jourdan Miller Marvin Cortes 16 Bali (Indonesia)
Cycle 21 August 18, 2014 Keith Carlos Will Jardell 14 Seoul (Korea)
Cycle 22 August 5, 2015 Nyle DiMarco Mamé Adjei 14 None
Cycle 23 December 12, 2016 India Gants Tatiana Price 14 None
Cycle 24 January 9, 2018 Kyla Coleman Jeana Turner 15 None

Partnerships[edit | edit source]

America's Next Top Model was also connected with Banks' talk show, on which several contestants have appeared, most notably Natasha Galkina (cycle 8), who worked as a correspondent for the show. The show's stage was also used for the cycle 5 reunion show.

In 2008, Banks launched a new reality show inside the Tyra Show, called Modelville which featured past contestants Renee DeWitt (cycle 8), Bianca Golden (cycle 9), Dominique Reighard, Fatima Siad and Lauren Utter (all cycle 10) vying for a $50,000 contract with Carol's Daughter. The competition was ultimately won by Reighard.

The ANTM franchise released a clothing and accessories line based on the television show, which is sold at most Walmart stores. It ranges from cosmetic products to handbags. Dolls were also released based on the show that were made by MGA Entertainment.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Impact in pop culture[edit | edit source]

The show has been referred to in many series, such as ABC Family's GREEK, CBS's The Big Bang Theory, and Fox's Family Guy. It also had its own E! True Hollywood Story episode, featuring past contestants Ebony Haith, Giselle Samson, Elyse Sewell (all cycle 1), Adrianne Curry (cycle 1 winner), Camille McDonald (cycles 2 & 17), April Wilkner, Mercedes Scelba-Shorte (both cycle 2), Toccara Jones, Ann Markley, Amanda Swafford (all cycle 3), Eva Pigford (cycle 3 winner), Michelle Deighton (cycle 4), Brittany Brower (cycles 4 & 17), Naima Mora (cycle 4 winner), Ebony Taylor (cycle 5), Lisa D'Amato (cycle 5 & cycle 17 winner), Kim Stolz (cycle 5) and Bre Scullark (cycles 5 & 17) as well as judges & personals Janice Dickinson, Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, Jay Manuel, Ken Mok and Michelle Mock-Falcon. It covered the first five cycles and recently re-aired with a few added minutes of footage which cover cycles 6 to 10 and Stylista.

In 2009, Oxygen Network aired a series based on the show called Top Model Obsessed, featuring past contestants Lisa D'Amato (cycle 5 & cycle 17 winner), CariDee English (cycle 7 winner) and Bianca Golden (cycle 9).

Criticism[edit | edit source]

Yahoo!'s Shine lifestyle website said the show contained cruelty and elements of humiliation, and that some critiques from the judges are "really cruel and cringe-inducing", claiming that the show "humiliates and degrades young women." The site created the list "10 reasons why 'America's Next Top Model' is bad for women, humans", citing such things as giving the contestants and women viewers unrealistic visions of life as a model, and "always espousing empowerment and female strength and then forcing the contestants into embarrassing scenarios far outside the realm of real-life modeling". One such scenario highlighted was when cycle 12's final two contestants "were made to wear bikinis so skimpy that the producers had to blur out Allison Harvard's butt cheeks", and performed a "creepily sexual mud fight," after which contestant and winner Teyona Anderson was "commended for taking her weave in her hand and whipping it around on the runway like a sexy feather boa."

Allure magazine criticized the show in its October 2006 issue, saying that ANTM "hasn't exactly produced any actual supermodels."

Ken Mok and Banks noticed that most of cycle 8's girls were unusually heavy smokers. "Tyra and I understand the influence 'Top Model' has on a generation of young people, and we want to make sure we get the right message to our audience," Mok said, which then prompted the "green" theme of cycle 9.

The winner of cycle 9, Saleisha Stowers, was discovered to have been in a Wendy's commercial, on a catwalk in the cycle 6 show and an episode of Tyra Banks Show prior to her participation. The rules of the competition stated that a contestant must not have appeared as a model in a national campaign during the five years prior to the production of the cycle in which they participate. The CW network said she had revealed her role in the Wendy's commercial, and "after reviewing the commercial, it was determined that her appearance did not amount to 'modeling' experience, and therefore did not exclude her from participating in the show."

After filming cycle 10, the producers of America's Next Top Model were served with a lawsuit from Michael Marvisi, the owner of the loft used as the Top Model house. The lawsuit claimed that the contestants, as well as the production crew, caused an estimated $500,000 in damages to the loft. Marvisi claims the contestants engaged in food fights, made holes in the walls, caused water damage to the bathroom, damaged a $15,000 chandelier beyond repair, and caused $90,000 worth of damage to an electrical store. Also, the production crew was accused of damaging the flooring and making holes in the ceiling for lighting equipment.

International spin-offs[edit | edit source]

Currently in production.
Currently not in production.
Region/country Name of series No. of cycles
Africa's Next Top Model
Australia's Next Top Model
Austria's Next Topmodel
Benelux' Next Top Model
Brazil's Next Top Model
Cambodia's Next Top Model
Canada's Next Top Model
Caribbean's Next Top Model
China's Next Top Model
Colombia's Next Top Model
Hrvatski Top Model
Danmarks Næste Topmodel
Eesti tippmodell
Far East
Asia's Next Top Model
Suomen huippumalli haussa
Top Model
Germany's Next Topmodel
Next Top Model
India's Next Top Model
Italia's Next Top Model
Mexico's Next Top Model
Mongolia's Next Top Model
The Netherlands
Holland's Next Top Model
New Zealand
New Zealand's Next Top Model
Top Model Norge
Peru's Next Top Model
Philippines' Next Top Model
Top Model
Next Top Model
Ты – супермодель
Топ-модель по-русски
Top Model
Top Model Curves
Srpski Top Model
Hľadá sa Supermodelka
Slovenski Top Model
Korea's Next Top Model
Top Model Sverige
Switzerland’s Next Topmodel
Thailand's Next Top Model
Top Model Türkiye
Top Model po-ukrainsky
United Kingdom & Ireland
Britain's Next Top Model
United Stated of America
America's Next Top Model
Vietnam's Next Top Model

Distribution[edit | edit source]

Until 2012, only cycle 1 had been released domestically on DVD. This is because the home video license was formerly held by UPN, and was distributed for them by Paramount Home Entertainment. Since the series is now independently produced, the video rights to the remaining seasons have, until recently, been open for acquisition (and therefore, the remaining seasons had yet to be issued on DVD or Blu-ray). However, on May 30, it was announced on the CW that cycles 2 and 3 were available to pre-order on DVD via new licensee CBS Home Entertainment. They are now available for purchase on

Sponsors[edit | edit source]

For cycle 1, Revlon sponsored this show with the products and prizes. For cycle 2, Sephora replaced Revlon as the commercial sponsor. Through cycles 3-18, CoverGirl replaced Sephora as the continuation of products and prizes. For cycle 19, shoe retailer Nine West and Smashbox sponsored with campaigns, but the cosmetics sponsorship has ended. For cycle 20, Guess sponsored with a US$100,000 ad campaign for the winner

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