America's Next Top Model, Cycle 10
Original Channel The CW
Original Run February 20, 2008 –
May 14, 2008
Additional Information
No. of contestants 14
Winner Whitney Thompson
Catch-phrase "New Faces, New Attitude, New York."
Season chronology
Cycle 9
Cycle 11

America's Next Top Model, Cycle 10 is the fourth season to be aired on The CW network.

A few major changes were made this season. The show was moved back to New York, after being housed in Los Angeles since Cycle 4.

The number of contestants was also increased to 14, after being maintained at 13 since Cycle 5.

The judges for this cycle were: Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Paulina Porizkova (replacing Twiggy).

The international destination for this cycle is Rome, Italy.

The winner was 20-year-old Whitney Thompson, making her the first plus-size winner of the competition.

This season averaged 4.23 million viewers.


The prizes for this cycle are:

  • A modeling contract with Elite Model Management.
  • A fashion spread and cover in Seventeen.
  • A US$100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.


(ages stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Outcome Post ANTM
Kimberly Rydzewski 20 Worcester, Massachusetts Quit in Episode 2 Is picking up modeling work, including some for the eBay boutique Twenty Three Vintage, as well as Calico and Swimwear Plus. She committed suicide in 2016.
Atalya Slater 18 Brooklyn, New York Eliminated in Episode 2 Was featured in the Fabolous video "Throw It in the Bag." Has also been featured in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen and has a campaign with South Pole clothing. Is signed with Wilhelmina Models in New York.
Allison Kuehn 18 Waunakee, Wisconsin Eliminated in Episode 3 Has been featured in editorials for Wedding More, Jessica Code, and Pop magazine. Lives in Hong Kong with Elyse Sewell. Has been signed with Ford Models in Milwaukee, Vue Model Management, and I Model and Talent in Los Angeles. Is currently signed with DreamModels Workshop in Hong Kong and BMG Models in Chicago.
Amy "Amis" Jenkins 20 Bartlesville, Oklahoma Eliminated in Episode 4
Marvita Washington 23 San Francisco, California Eliminated in Episode 5 Has appeared in Ebony and BET’s Rip the Runway. Signed with Ikon Models and has walked in several runway shows.
Aimee Wright 18 Spanaway, Washington Eliminated in Episode 6
Claire Unabia 24 Buffalo, New York Eliminated in Episode 7 Appeared on the cover of Parents with her daughter, and the Brooklyn-based model is also involved in film production. She is signed to Empire Model Management in New York.
Stacy-Ann Fequiere 22 Miami, Florida Eliminated in Episode 9 Appeared in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 2009 calendar and made it to the semifinals of the Victoria’s Secret model search. Has also appeared in Seventeen, Fair Lady, and Glamour South Africa. Signed to Base Models in Miami and has walked in several designer shows.
Lauren Utter 22 Brooklyn, New York Eliminated in Episode 10 Have modeled for Pomp and Circumstance magazine, Thorn, and Urban Outfitters. Also appeared in the sixth-season finale of Project Runway and is on Twitter. Signed to VIP Stars Models in New York.
Katarzyna Dolinska 22 Roslyn, New York Eliminated in Episode 11 Now goes by Kat Doll. Has been featured in Vogue Australia, Italian Glamour, and Cosmopolitan Greece. Is signed with Elite Model Management in New York, Ace Models in Athens, and Ford Models Europe in Paris. Has walked in numerous runway shows and has also been on the cover of WWD.
Dominique Reighard 23 Columbus, Ohio Eliminated in Episode 12
Fatima Siad 21 Boston, Massachusetts (originally from Somalia) 2nd Runner-up
Anya Kop 18 Honolulu, Hawaii (originally from Russia) Runner-up
Whitney Thompson 20 Atlantic Beach, Florida Winner

Episode Summaries

Starting this season, episode titles are taken from quotes made by the contestants and crew. It replaces "The Girl is..." episode.

Welcome To Top Model Prep

First aired February 20, 2008

35 girls arrived in Los Angeles at "Top Model Prep" where they met Mr. Jay Manuel and Miss J. Alexander. They shot a class photo before commencing runway lessons with Miss J., where Lauren was seen as the weakest walker. Next, the girls attended a bonfire where the "Homecoming Queen" was going to be announced. The cheerleaders by the stage were revealed to be a contestants from previous cycles, Cycle 6's Furonda and Joanie, Cycle 7's twins Amanda and Michelle and Cycle 8's Jael. Mr. Jay then announced that the finalists would be taken to New York City. The homecoming queen turned out to be Tyra, who surprised the girls by coming out from behind the curtains. Casting interviews then commenced. In between interviews, a fight broke out between Shaya (revealed to be a niece of Muhammad Ali) and Fatima, but they later forgave each other when Fatima revealed that she was a survivor of female circumcision. However, returning applicant Marvita (failed to join Cycle 9) gave somewhat offending comments about her revelation. Memorable auditions included Stacy Ann's lap dance, Fatima telling the judges about her genital mutilation, and Claire's confession about drinking her own breast milk so that her baby could breastfeed when she returned home. After the interviews, the girls were pared down to the final 20, where they participated in a senior class photo shoot in which they had to do their own hair and make up. Later in the day, Tyra revealed the final 13. When she called "Aimee/Amy," both advanced, and Amy offered to change her name to avoid confusion. When the thirteenth girl was chosen, Tyra mentioned that so many girls had potential, but chose Dominique as the fourteenth and last finalist.

  • Special guests: Furonda Brasfield, Joanie Dodds, Michelle Babin, Amanda Babin, Jael Strauss

New York City, Here We Come

First aired February 27, 2008

The girls were taken to their loft in New York City, which featured a humanitarian theme. Amy decided to change her name to "Amis." To Amis, Fatima and Kimberly's frustration, there was a "no smoking" sign which led them to smoke outside of the loft. Mr. and Miss J. arrived and rounded up the girls for a city tour. The final stop was a Badgley Mischka runway show. After the show, Fatima unintentionally hit Marvita in the face with her hand, brewing tension. The girls were then taken to the Elite Model Management building, where they met Paulina Porizkova and Neal Hamil; Paulina gave each girl brutal and harsh criticism on their appearance. At the photoshoot, the girls had to portray homeless women being surrounded by high fashion models (where one of the background models was eventual Cycle 11 contestant, Isis). Most of the girls received positive feedback, but Amis' over-enthusiasm and Kimberly's dead expressions were criticized. Later, Kimberly admitted to Fatima that high fashion was not her interest. At judging, Paulina Porizkova was revealed to be the new panel judge, replacing Twiggy. When Kimberly was called for evaluation, she stated her lack of desire for the fashion industry, and proceeded to quit the competition, despite having a stellar photo. She was the third contestant to voluntarily leave the show, after Cycle 5's Cassandra Whitehead and Cycle 9's Ebony Morgan.

  • Quit: Kimberly Rydzewski (see below)

Despite the shock of the sudden exit, Tyra announced that there would still be an elimination. Anya was commended for her high fashion photo, while Claire's strong and editorial photo also received praise. Lauren, Whitney and Aimee's photos were also given favorable reviews, while Dominique, Allison, Amis and Atalya's photos fell flat in the judges' eyes. Atalya and Amis were revealed to be the bottom two: Atalya for lacking a high fashion appeal, and Amis for looking lost in her photo. However, the judges felt Amis had more potential, and Atalya was sent home.

  • First call-out: Anya Kop
  • Bottom two: Amis Jenkins & Atalya Slater
  • Eliminated: Atalya Slater
  • Featured photographer: Sarah McColgan
  • Special guests: Mark Badgley, James Mischka, Neal Hamil, Taz Tagore, Isis King
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Claire Unabia
  • Kimberly: Months later after the second episode (see top), Kimberly Rydzewski appeared on the October 15, 2008 episode of the said show together with fellow Cycle 10 contestants Marvita Washington, Dominique Reighard and Cycle 8 winner Jaslene Gonzalez where they talked about domestic violence. Rydzewski revealed that the true reason she quit the contest is because she experienced depression due to her ex-boyfriend's suicide happening three months prior to the competition, which in turn, revived her experiences of her mother's suicide as a child. She also said that she just tried to join ANTM to help her divert her emotions, but she felt that it was not working for her and later used a weak excuse just to voluntarily leave the contest. She then confessed that she really liked fashion and wanted to pursue it as a career.

Top Model Makeovers

First aired March 5, 2008

The girls received Apple Bottoms apparel that came in white purses. Allison was offended when Fatima told her that she had a larger body than hers, and Allison revealed her past struggles with anorexia. The girls were taken to Wal-Mart for a CoverGirl make up challenge, which Claire won. Back at the house, Allison used dolls to represent the earlier incident between herself and Fatima. Playing with an African-American doll, Allison re-enacted the incident offensively with somewhat racist remarks. Fatima took this badly, and fired back that it wasn't her problem that she had an eating disorder and needed to take responsibility for her own anorexic issues. Later, the girls received their makeovers. To mimic a true agency, Tyra didn't tell the girls their makeovers. Fatima's new weave came with a lot of pain, but she ended up loving it. There was general satisfaction among the other girls as well, even for Stacy Ann, who wished for Naomi Campbell's long hair but ended up with short hair that she said "Brought out her features, so she had no choice but to bring it", but it was at first unclear whether or not Allison liked her hair, though later she appeared to and claimed she did in interviews. This was the first makeover episode without breakdowns over hair or tears when hair was cut. Even Aimee, who received one of the more drastic makeovers, was still satisfied. The photo shoot took place on a yacht with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. They met Elle Macpherson and modelled her line of lingerie called "Intimates". At judging, Lauren's awkwardness translated into high fashion in her photo, and Marvita and Aimee also excelled. Amis, however, struggled tremendously in the shoot, and Katarzyna was criticized for looking too sexy. Tyra was disappointed when she found out that the stylist covered up Whitney’s sexy full figured body. Dominique and Allison landed in the bottom two; Dominique for her soccer mom look, and Allison for not saying "thank you" when the judges said how good her makeover looked as well as for her arrogant personality, and both ultimately for their lackluster photos. Allison was sent home; Dominique was spared, and she was informed that she would have her hair dyed again to get rid of the soccer mom look.

  • First call-out: Lauren Utter
  • Bottom two: Allison Kuehn & Dominique Reighard
  • Eliminated: Allison Kuehn
  • Featured photographer: George Holz
  • Special guests: Elle Macpherson, Stephen Knoll, Brent Poer, Molly Stern
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Claire Unabia

Where's The Beef?

First aired March 12, 2008

The girls were taken to the New York City Fire Department, where they met Miss J. for a runway teach. They had 90 seconds to change into proper outfits, but Fatima failed to change shoes. The mock runway was performed in front of the firefighters. Tension brewed in the house when Aimee called a shower all to herself, being uncomfortable nude in front of the others. When Whitney defended Aimee's conservative views, Fatima and Marvita told Aimee to stand up for herself. The girls were then taken to a runway show where they had to walk for fashion label "Tuleh." They met Cycle 8 winner Jaslene Gonzalez, who critiqued them after the show. Fatima and Whitney's wardrobe malfunctions didn't go unnoticed, but Lauren's speedy walk was heavily criticized. Katarzyna won the challenge, and picked Amis and Marvita to join in her prize – a Lot 29 photo shoot in Seventeen magazine with Jaslene. For the week's photo shoot, the girls were taken to the Meat Packing District, posing with and wearing meat. Aimee, Amis and Fatima all struggled in the strange environment. Twenty minutes before panel, Amis was still sleeping, and she only had time to put on a headband and hooded jacket. Unsurprisingly, she was criticized for not dressing like a model. At panel, Anya's high fashion photo and Whitney's quirky and creative shot received universal praise, but Lauren's shot was once again deemed the best by the judges. However, she wasn't called first because of her poor walk. Claire performed well once again, and Katarzyna and Dominique's photos showed signs of improvement. Aimee and Marvita, however, performed worse this week than the week prior. The bottom two was Amis, for her lack of focus, and Fatima, for her inability to model head to toe. Amis was eliminated because the judges thought she lacked passion.

  • First call-out: Anya Kop
  • Bottom two: Amis Jenkins & Fatima Siad
  • Eliminated: Amis Jenkins
  • Featured photographer: Trevor O'Shana
  • Special guests: New York City Fire Department, Bryan Bradley, Andrew Weir, Jaslene Gonzalez, Ann Shoket, Janice Welles
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Claire Unabia

Top Model Takes It To The Streets

First aired March 19, 2008

The girls met posing instructor Benny Ninja, who teamed up with supermodel Vendela Kirsebom to teach the girls different poses for catalogue, commercial and couture shots in an abandoned warehouse. Back at the house, Whitney created a phone list, which was a schedule that assigned each girl a limited amount of time to call home. When Dominique missed her phone time, she caused a row with Whitney, escalating to the point where Dominique accused Whitney of being a racist, which the latter angrily denied. For their challenge, Benny and Vendela tested their knowledge of the three types of poses by pitting them against each other in a posing challenge. Team A consisting of Anya, Fatima, Lauren, Dominique, and Aimee, while Team B, consisting of Claire, Katarzyna, Marvita, Stacy-Ann and Whitney.

Team A Team B Winner
Dominique Claire Both (Tie)
Lauren Marvita Lauren
Anya Stacy-Ann Stacy-Ann
Fatima Whitney Whitney
Aimee Katarzyna Katarzyna

First battle was Dominique and Claire, both of them did well, and resulted a point for each group (tie). Next step was Lauren and Marvita. Lauren did mediocre but Marvita did pretty poorly, so one more point for Team A. Anya and Stacy-Ann was next, both of them did well, but eventually Stacy-Ann was chosen as the winner and Team B received one more point. Fatima and Whitney were next. Fatima did too many poses and got closer and closer to Whitney, and almost kicked Whitney's face with her shoe, meanwhile, Whitney did different poses, and did a split, and she was chosen as the best, and one more point for Team B. The last one was Aimee and Katarzyna, with Katarzyna was chosen as the best and Team B ultimately won a trip to a swag tent. Claire was deemed the best overall and won an additional prize – a trip to Bora Bora. The week's photo shoot required the girls to do an extreme beauty shot with paint as their main makeup. Most girls delivered once again but Marvita struggled with her shot. At panel, most of the girls were praised for strong shots, especially Stacy Ann's, but Marvita and Whitney's pictures were deemed unsatisfactory. The judges thought Fatima's picture was beautiful but she was heavily criticized for not shaving her armpits, which showed in her picture. In the end, Whitney and Marvita landed in the bottom two, both for their bad photos and questionable passion for the competition. Marvita was eliminated because the judges felt that Whitney had more desire.

  • First call-out: Stacy-Ann Fequiere
  • Bottom two: Marvita Washington & Whitney Thompson
  • Eliminated: Marvita Washington
  • Featured photographer: Peter Buckingham
  • Special guests: Benny Ninja, Vendela Kirsebom, Karen Wood
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Katarzyna Dolinska

House Of Pain

First aired March 26, 2008

This episode started with Dominique's alarm clock going off sporadically throughout the night, irritating her roommates especially Claire. Tension mounted when Lauren, Claire and Whitney accused Dominique of being a negative person, and ganged up on her bringing her to tears. But her mom convinced her that she was better than them, and Dominique believed her and tried to ignore them. Tyra taught the girls how to pose at the end of the runway and how to pose while looking pained. She then declared a pose-off, in which Anya impressed Tyra the most. The teach was actually a secret challenge, and Anya won a chance to shoot timeless nude photographs taken by Nigel Barker. The photo shoot this week was taken place at McCarren Pool for embodying different genres of music as follows:

Model Music Genre
Aimee R&B
Anya Punk rock
Claire Country
Dominique Folk
Fatima Heavy Metal
Katarzyna Emo
Lauren Pop
Stacy-Ann House
Whitney Grunge

Whitney was commended for her photo, while Fatima was once given approval for her range of poses. Katarzyna produced her best photograph to date while sporting a wig, which inspired Tyra to give her a haircut. Stacy Ann, on the other hand, was criticized for her photo. In the end, it was Aimee and Claire who landed in the bottom two. Despite both the girls having two of the easiest genres, each one produced a bad photo, with Aimee's being deemed lackluster and Claire's too harsh for a country theme. In the end, Claire was spared, and Aimee was sent home, despite having delivered previous great photographs.

  • First call-out: Whitney Thompson
  • Bottom two: Aimee Wright & Claire Unabia
  • Eliminated: Aimee Wright
  • Featured photographer: Russell James
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Anya Kop

If You Can't Make It Here, You Can't Make It Anywhere

First aired April 2, 2008

Tension brewed when Fatima accused Lauren of dumping away her unfinished coffee. While Fatima remained calm, Lauren started swearing at Fatima. The girls arrived at the Elite building for their go-sees challenge, in which they were split into two groups of four. The models walked for three designers, where they all received rather positive reviews; however, the designers criticized Lauren's walk. There was concern that Whitney and Dominique's dislike of each other would impede their team's progress, but their team nevertheless won the challenge, with Stacy Ann receiving the most bookings on the winning team. The entire team won a shoot for the June issue of Seventeen magazine. At the photo shoot, the girls had to pose over a mylar sheet in water from the off-Broadway show Fuerzabruta. Claire hurt her neck after falling straight down on the sheet (which she had been specifically told not to do), causing her to struggle with her shoot. Half of the girls shone, while the other half struggled. Whitney impressed Jay highly, probably because she wasn't afraid to show another side of herself. While Anya constantly made very good poses, Fatima also impressed Jay, however, she moved too slow so most of her film would appear the same. Katarzyna received her shorter haircut, and was at first a little upset at the quick way her long hair was cut off and the drastic change, but was initially happy at the mid-neck length result. She also impressed Jay even though she was a little bit slow at the first. Both Dominique and Stacy Ann failed to fully impress Jay, both of them did mediocre but turned out producing decent photos. However, Lauren failed to bring her awkwardness to the camera and didn´t impress Jay, and Claire's work didn't turn out very well after she hurt her neck. At panel, Fatima, Anya, Katarzyna and Whitney received universal praise, Katarzyna's haicrut getting highly complimented from all the judges. Stacy Ann was congratulated for her challenge win, but her film was criticized. Lauren's awkward personality, weak presence in the judging room, and mediocre photo landed her in the bottom two together with Claire, who was criticized for her lack of versatility and her "one note look." Despite a stellar portfolio, Claire was sent packing.

  • First call-out: Fatima Siad
  • Bottom two: Claire Unabia & Lauren Utter
  • Eliminated: Claire Unabia
  • Featured photographer: Mike Rosenthal
  • Special guests: Karen Lee, Kristy Hinze, Shoshanna Gruss, Pamella De Vos, Stacey Bendit, Ann Shoket
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Katarzyna Dolinska

TOP MODEL 10 Confidential

First aired April 9, 2008

This was the cycle's recap episode. It reviewed the first seven episodes and showed some never-before-seen footage, including Stacy Ann singing to the judges during casting, Claire's breastmilk-pumping antics, Marvita parading around the house naked as well as annoying the other girls by playing badly on a guitar, the New York firefighters' mock runway show, Anya photographing the other girls, a playful wrestling fight between some girls and a fun night out at "Libation," a New York pub, where Stacy Ann took a bottle of "complimentary" vodka back home.

For Those About To Walk, We Salute You

First aired April 16, 2008

The girls learned about interview skills from Paulina Porizkova. Later, Lauren cut the tip of her thumb while chopping onions and needed stitches. This week's challenge required the girls to work a "green" carpet at a 7 Up party and handle themselves well at the party. Anya was praised for her ability to connect with others, and won another nude photo shoot for 7 Up and $10,000 as payment. Back at the house, Stacy Ann confessed that she was jealous of Anya for winning the challenge. Tyra Mail hinted to the girls that they were going abroad, and the girls packed their belongings. They were taken to an airplane-themed photo shoot where Jay told them that they would be portraying a group of jet-setters boarding the airplane, using their suitcases as props. Fatima ran into trouble regarding her travel documentation (since she was not a United States citizen, but a permanent citizen holding a Green Card) and missed the photoshoot because of an appointment the show's producers had made to fix the issue at an unidentified consulate. After the shoot, the girls were told that judging would take place immediately at the tarmac airplane hangar. It was also revealed that after judging, they would be jet-setting to their abroad location, though Tyra did not reveal where this was. Anya once again gave phenomenal poses, and really stood out in the group. Lauren was highly praised for keeping her face in a right expression, while Katarzyna was praised for looking different than the other girls. Whitney was criticized for being too "pageant," though Mr. Jay gave her credit for working hard on set. Stacy Ann was lambasted for not knowing her angles. In the end, Fatima landed in the bottom two with Stacy Ann. Fatima was severely reprimanded for missing the photoshoot, and Stacy Ann for her overall potential. Fatima was ultimately saved by her better and improving portfolio. This made Fatima the second girl in ANTM history to miss a photo shoot and not get eliminated, after Shannon Stewart of Cycle 1. Fatima is also the first girl ever in ANTM history to miss a photo shoot and be kept over someone who had taken a photo shoot. After elimination, Tyra announced that the remaining six girls would go to Rome, Italy for the rest of the competition.

  • First call-out: Anya Kop
  • Bottom two: Fatima Siad & Stacy-Ann Fequiere
  • Eliminated: Stacy-Ann Fequiere
  • Featured photographer: Bill Heuberger
  • Special guests: Jay Godfrey, Courtney Kish, Lara Spencer, Ric Ocasek, April Wilkner, Jaslene Gonzalez, Ann Shoket, Hillary Wolf
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Lauren Utter


First aired April 23, 2008

The girls arrived in Rome, where they toured the city before going to their new home. Not long after, Fatima came down with a fever; Anya helped her by bringing her dinner while Dominique gossiped about her. Claudio Brassini gave the girls a fashion tour on Segways. Afterwards, they went to their challenge, where Gai Mattiolo judged their walks and how they looked in his clothing. Anya won the challenge, and her prize was a long white red carpet dress, designed by Gai Mattiolo. The girls filmed a CoverGirl commercial in Italian. Fatima, Katarzyna and Whitney were the only ones able to get their lines out fully. Jay called out Whitney for acting too fake, and Katarzyna for being too flat, while he named Fatima the best of the day. Anya's lines were unintelligible, Dominique overacted and didn't get many words right, and Lauren looked like she didn't try. At judging, the only girls that were able to impress all the judges were Katarzyna and Fatima, because she delivered the dialogue really well, but Tyra was afraid that she's looked too flat and not selling the CoverGirl, Anya and Dominique failed to delivered the dialogue well, and Whitney was deemed too fake. However, the most criticism came to Lauren, who seemed like she really didn't try at all. The latter was joined in the bottom two with Whitney. Tyra eventually handed the last photo to Whitney eliminating Lauren.

  • First call-out: Fatima Siad
  • Bottom two: Lauren Utter & Whitney Thompson
  • Eliminated: Lauren Utter
  • Featured commercial director: Piersandro Buzzanca
  • Special guests: Gai Mattiolo, Claudio Brassini, Attilio Vaccari, Brent Poer
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Anya Kop

We are Spartans!

First aired April 30, 2008

The girls were brought to a gladiator fighting school, where fighting instructor Alex Mariotti taught them the basics of gladiator fighting. After donning gladiator costumes, Mr. Jay and Miss J. explained that the teacher was supposed to help them bring out more versatility and power in their photos, before revealing the photo challenge, which was using the moves that they had just learned, while still keeping grace and composure. Whitney won the challenge and was given a €1000 shopping spree; she chose Anya to accompany her. The girls were taken to a Roman castle for their photo shoot, where they were dressed in modern Renaissance fashion. Fatima and Dominique received universal praise during the photoshoot . At panel, Dominique was heralded for producing a gorgeous shot, but was criticized for dressing too "game-showish." Anya's photograph received universal praise, though the judges voiced concern over her generic personality. Katarzyna was criticized for having dead eyes in her photograph[4] and for her seemingly flat personality, while Whitney was criticized for her "cramped" poses. Katarzyna and Whitney landed in the bottom two: Whitney for her inability to live up to her full modeling potential, despite previous strong photos, and Katarzyna because the judges felt that she was coasting rather than really making an impression. Katarzyna was eliminated for not standing out like the others.

  • First call-out: Fatima Siad
  • Bottom two: Katarzyna Dolinska & Whitney Thompson
  • Eliminated: Katarzyna Dolinska
  • Featured photographer: Tyra Banks
  • Special guests: Alex Mariotti, Marianna Bertagnolli
  • CoverGirl of the Week': Katarzyna Dolinska

Ready For My Close-Up

First aired May 7, 2008

To help them better understand their role in front of the camera, the girls received a photography lesson. This was followed by a challenge in which they directed and shot Paulina Porizkova, as Seventeen editor Ann Shoket looked on. Dominique's lack of focus and Anya's over-enthusiasm were critiqued, while Fatima and Whitney's professionalism were praised. Fatima was chosen as the winner, with a reward of 50 extra frames at the upcoming photo shoot. At the photo shoot, with Nigel Barker as the photographer, the girls portrayed Italian movie stars being pursued by the paparazzi. Mr. Jay and Nigel experienced difficulty getting the girls into character, leaving all feeling vulnerable. At the panel, no one produced the super-super good photo except for Anya who Nigel pointed out that it was highly accidental. Dominique was criticized for looking like a drag queen and Fatima for not taking direction from Mr. J and Nigel on the shoot. Both Dominique and Fatima landed in the bottom two. Deemed as having more potential, Fatima was saved while Dominque was eliminated for not mastering her face.

  • First call-out: Anya Kop
  • Bottom two: Dominique Reighard & Fatima Siad
  • Eliminated: Dominique Reighard
  • Featured photographer: Nigel Barker
  • Special guests: Francesco Licata, Ann Shoket
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Whitney Thompson

And The Winner Is...

First aired May 14, 2008

The remaining three girls were put to the test when they had to shoot a commercial and a photo shoot for CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara. It was revealed that the winner of the cycle would have her ad on a billboard in Times Square. During the commercial, all of the girls struggled with their lines, but still managed to look like real CoverGirls. During judging, the judges commented that Whitney's commercial was average, but deemed her photo stellar. Anya's commercial was described as a "train wreck," but that was overlooked by her personality on film and her stellar look in the commercial. However, her beauty shot, as portrayed by Paulina, came off as her looking "stupid." They were not impressed by Fatima's performance in her commercial. Anya was called first for the fifth and last time for her personality in the commercial, leaving Fatima and Whitney in the bottom two, both for the fourth time. Tyra was still not clear who Whitney actually was, and whether she was not as beautiful as she seemed to be and act. They also criticized Fatima for being stubborn and uninspiring in photo shoots. Ultimately, Whitney moved on and Fatima was eliminated.

  • First call-out: Anya Kop
  • Bottom two: Fatima Siad & Whitney Thompson
  • Eliminated: Fatima Siad
  • Featured photographers: Jim De Yonker

After Whitney and Anya posed for their Seventeen magazine cover shots, they finally competed in an Italian fashion runway show. They competed against each other in Versace gowns, with their outfits handpicked by the designer herself, Donatella Versace. During the final deliberation, Whitney was told she did a very good job, but she forgot to pose long enough at the end of the runway. Anya was told she didn't walk as strong as Whitney, but she still looked stunning, and improved a lot since the beginning of the competition. The judges then examined both Whitney and Anya's body of work. The judges felt that Anya's photos were edgy, high fashion, and made the clothes appear worth buying while Whitney's were warm, approachable, and attractive to men. The girls were called back in, and Tyra announced Whitney as the tenth winner of America's Next Top Model.

  • Final two: Anya Kop & Whitney Thompson
  • America's Next Top Model: Whitney Thompson
  • Featured photographers: Nigel Barker
  • Featured commercial director: Brent Poer
  • Special guests: Saleisha Stowers, Ann Shoket

Contestant gallery

Kimberly Rydzewski

Quit in episode 2

Atalya Slater

Eliminated in episode 2

Allison Kuehn

Eliminated in episode 3

Amis Jenkins

Eliminated in episode 4

Marvita Washington

Eliminated in episode 5

Aimee Wright

Eliminated in episode 6

Claire Unabia

Eliminated in episode 7

Stacy-Ann Fequiere

Eliminated in episode 9

Lauren Utter

Eliminated in episode 10

Katarzyna Dolinska

Eliminated in episode 11

Dominique Reighard

Eliminated in episode 12

Fatima Siad

Eliminated in episode 13

Anya Kop


Whitney Thompson


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