America's Next Top model, Cycle 3
Original Channel UPN
Original Run September 22, 2004 – December 15, 2004
Additional Information
No. of contestants 13
Winner Eva Pigford
Catch-phrase "Beauty In Progress"
Season chronology
Cycle 2
Cycle 4

America's Next Top Model, Cycle 3 debuted on September 22, 2004. It was the first cycle to gain partnership with cosmetics magnate CoverGirl and ran weekly commercials during the show named Beauty Tip of the Week with Jay Manuel and Elsa Benitez as well as the CoverGirl of the Week contest.

The judges for this cycle were: Tyra Banks, Janice Dickinson, Nigel Barker and Nolé Marin.

The winner was 20 year old Eva Pigford from Los Angeles, California.


Prizes this cycle include:

The following prizes have been removed:


(ages stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Outcome Post ANTM
Magdalena Rivas 24 Worcester, Massachusetts Eliminated outside of judging panel in Episode 2
Leah Darrow 24 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Eliminated in Episode 2 Has left the modeling industry and is now a writer and Catholic speaker.
Julie Titus 20 Kent, Washington Eliminated in Episode 3 Is currently working as a North American sales manager for the Thursday Island clothing line.
Laura "Kristi" Grommet 20 St. Louis, Missouri Eliminated in Episode 4
Jennipher Frost 22 Pocatello, Idaho Eliminated in Episode 5 Married to Brian Urlacher, a former NFL linebacker.
Kelle Jacob 19 New York City, New York Eliminated in Episode 6 Has participated in political debates. She appeared in Source magazine and had a cover of Eminence magazine. She is currently a member of the Global Product Innovation Team at Estée Lauder.
Cassie Grisham 19 Norman, Oklahoma Eliminated in Episode 7
Toccara Jones 23 Dayton, Ohio Eliminated in Episode 8
Nicole Borud 21 Minot, North Dakota Eliminated in Episode 9
Norelle Van Herk 20 Newport Beach, California Eliminated in Episode 11 Originally received contracts from NOUS models and Dream Models in Asia but has since left the fashion world to pursue her studies.
Ann Markley 21 Erie, Pennsylvania Eliminated in Episode 12 Now goes by the name Annalaina Marks. Done extensive modeling gigs with various magazines, runway shows, print ads, and TV commercials. She also had a small parts in Gossip Girl and Maid of Honor. Married to Colin Branca. Has a daughter, Frankie May.
Amanda Swafford 25 Hendersonville, North Carolina Eliminated in Episode 13
Camara "Yaya" DaCosta 21 Harlem, New York Runner-up
Eva Pigford 20 Los Angeles, California Winner

Episode summaries

The Girl With The Secret

First aired September 22, 2004

The 34 semifinalists met in Los Angeles and had a pool party to celebrate making it to California. Memorable moments included Cassie telling the judges that she worked as a stripper, Norelle showing the judges that she has braces and telling them of her rebellious family, and Amanda receiving rave reviews from the judges about her eyes and revealing that she had retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease which made her legally blind. Deciding to have a bit more fun, some of the girls trekked out to a local hot spot where semifinalist Tiffany Richardson got into a bar fight with a local. Tiffany got cut when the field was reduced down to 20 girls, but she successfully re-auditioned for Cycle 4.

Later on, the girls had one-on-one introductions with the judges and a cut was announced where 14 out of the 34 girls were eliminated, leaving a final 20. A second cut soon after eliminated 6 more girls and the final 14 were revealed.

The Girl Who Is Codependent

First aired September 29, 2004

The final 14 arrived in New York City early morning and were flown to Montego Bay, Jamaica for their first photo shoot, where they were greeted by Jay Manuel and were told to pose in swimsuits against the backdrop of the Jamaican shoreline. Jay also told the girls that there was only room for 13 people arrive back to New York and that one girl would be eliminated before the flight home.

The next day, the girls went to brunch and received an envelope containing the name of the girl to be eliminated. The envelope had Magdalena's name, thus sending her home. Making the first model was eliminated outside of judging panel (this was followed by Hannah of Cycle 11, Rachel of Cycle 13 and Terra of Cycle 15).

  • Eliminated outside of judging panel: Magdalena Rivas

Back in New York, the girls moved into their suite in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. When Eva expressed contentment not sleeping in a room with Ann (after previously agreeing to do so), Ann claimed that she and Eva were growing apart. She told Eva that she loved her, that she'd be at her wedding and was hurt that she did not want to remain as close as they had been. It was this dramatic scene that sparked rumors that Ann might have a same-sex attraction to Eva or, at the very least, be extremely codependent. After a tour of New York and some quality time with Tyra, Jennipher, Yaya & Toccara were talking about Kelle, they said she was spoiled rotten and snotty after telling Tyra that her mouth looked like a "monkey mouth". After Toccara revealed this to her, Kelle broke down but was comforted by Amanda, making her happy she had at least one friend.

The girls proceed to their first official judging and elimination panel, where the weak photos of Leah and Ann caused them to fall to the bottom two. Leah was said to be more "plain Jane" than a model and was eliminated.

  • First call-out: Yaya DaCosta
  • Bottom two: Ann Markley & Leah Darrow
  • Eliminated: Leah Darrow
  • Featured photographer: Nick Cardallicio
  • Special guests: J. Alexander, Michelle Mock, Douglas Barcellos, Mathu Anderson, Danilo
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Eva Pigford

The Girl Whom Everyone Thinks Is A Backstabber

First aired October 6, 2004

During this episode, each girl was given a new look. Some makeovers were drastic - Jennipher was told that her waist-length hair would be cut and donated to Locks of Love, and Amanda was transformed from a brunette to an ice blonde.

At the challenge, Norelle managed to put together the best natural-looking make-up and picked Eva, Kristi & Ann to accompany her at a party while the other girls did the chores and waited on them. Amanda freaked out because of the darkness outside and Yaya took the trash out with her, while Julie bonded with an Indian designer. For the week's photo shoot, each contestant was challenged to take a beauty shot for Nivea, without any make-up.

Throughout the episode, the girls began to see signs that Cassie may have had problems with body image and her weight. The girls confronted her at dinner about not eating enough, but she insisted that she was simply doing what she must to be a model. During the photo shoot, she told Amanda that she was bulimic. Word got around to the other girls, who became very concerned.

At judging, the girls reviewed the retouched and unretouched versions of their photos. Amanda wowed the judges when her unretouched photo showed barely any difference compared to her retouched one. Yaya, Eva, Nicole, and Toccara also received positive reviews, while Cassie had a lukewarm response. Kelle was criticized for blaming the photographer for picking a bad photo, and Tyra was disappointed with Julie after it was revealed that her motive for being on the show was not to launch a modeling career but rather to gain an edge in fashion manufacturing. Kelle and Julie landed in the bottom two, and Julie was eliminated because the judges felt she was only using modeling as a stepping stone to another avenue.

  • First call-out: Amanda Swafford
  • Bottom two: Julie Titus & Kelle Jacob
  • Eliminated: Julie Titus
  • Featured photographer: Troy Ward
  • Special guests: Kiara Kabukuru, Anthony Palermo, Leonard Zagami, Debra Jaliman M.D., Dr Zarabi, Danilo
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Yaya DaCosta

The Girl Who Sets A Trap

First aired October 13, 2004

The remaining contestants got a lesson on runway walking from Miss J. The next day, they were surprised to know that they would be taking part in a fashion show for Heatherette which was a dream come true for Norelle because Heatherette was her favorite designer. Amanda was worried her night blindness would be her road to elimination because the runway was dark. Norelle stumbled on the runway, Eva stole the show with her remarkable runway walk and Toccara's sexy full figure stood out and she received the most applause but Eva believed Toccara got applause because her "titties were out". Amanda made a mistake by telling J. Alexander about her blindness and the girls thought she was exaggerating her blindness and was lying about it to get special treatment. But in the end Eva was chosen as the winner, and chose Kelle and Ann to share her reward which was a day on a yacht with America's Next Top Model, Cycle 2 winner Yoanna House.

Back in the house, Amanda's crystals (supposedly) went missing and she put the blame on Eva. This incident actually ignited a fight with Amanda, Ann, Jennipher & Eva after Amanda bumped into Eva by accident. Jennipher angrily pushed Ann out of the way. Ann warned Jennipher not to touch her again or she would "get knocked out"; however, Amanda later found her crystals after remembering that she hid them to prevent anyone from stealing them and later apologized to Eva for accusing her. This week, the girls had a group photo shoot for Lee Jeans, wearing nothing but the product. During panel, the girls were challenged to walk in heels 2 sizes smaller and wear little pink dresses where only Toccara impressed the judges, and Jennipher mooned the judges with her butt with "ANTM" written on both butt-cheeks. Kristi and Jennipher were called forward as the bottom two but in the end, despite a stellar portfolio, Kristi was sent home due to her lack of confidence.

  • First call-out: Cassie Grisham
  • Bottom two: Jennipher Frost & Kristi Grommet
  • Eliminated: Kristi Grommet
  • Featured photographer: Hyungwan Roo
  • Special guests: J. Alexander, Yoanna House, Danilo, Richie Rich, Heatherette
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Yaya DaCosta

The Girl Who Cries When She Looks In The Mirror

First aired October 20, 2004

The contestants got a lesson in posing from Janice Dickinson, and were challenged to pose as mannequins in lingerie at La Perla's store window. Kelle was chosen as the winner for her natural poses. Her prize was lingerie worth $5,000 and she chose Amanda and Toccara, who received lingerie worth of $1,500 and $500 respectively.

For the week's photo shoot, each contestant had to pose on roller skates to advertise Dooney & Bourke purses. Amanda, Nicole, Eva and Yaya impressed Jay Manuel with their creativity while Jennipher, Ann and Kelle struggled in the photo shoot. At panel, Kelle was criticized for her lack of emotion in her photograph while Jennipher's insecurity put off the judges. They consequently landed in the bottom two for the second time. In the end, Jennipher's laid back attitude ultimately sent her home as the judges thought she did not want to be there anymore.

  • First call-out: Amanda Swafford
  • Bottom two: Jennipher Frost & Kelle Jacob
  • Eliminated: Jennipher Frost
  • Featured photographer: Matthew Jordan Smith
  • Special guests: Simon Doonan, Savvas, Lanny Ward
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Toccara Jones

The Girl Who Mutilated The Precious Brownies

First aired October 27, 2004

Back at the apartment, Eva and Ann got fed up with Cassie's dirty dishes around the house. Ann took a knife and wrote "Clean Your Shit" in Cassie's low-carb brownies, which angered Cassie. At dinner, Ann asked Yaya what her shirt meant ("RESPEITO"). Yaya said it means respect in Portuguese. Then she said that she felt she needed to wear it because "there was a big lack of it in the house". With that, a fight broke out between Ann and Cassie. Tyra brought in her good friend supermodel turned plus-size model Kate Dillon, who talked about her battle with anorexia nervosa, and talked to the contestants about body image and self-esteem. During a one-on-one chat with Tyra, Kate and Joy Bauer, Cassie revealed she had thrown up in the past but she didn't consider herself bulimic because she didn't throw up after each meal. She did it at night when she thought she ate too much and shouldn't have gone to bed with it in her stomach. Tyra offered counseling for Cassie but she denied that she had bulimia.

For the challenge, the girls climbed up 14 flights of stairs, and as soon as they were done, they had to do a photo shoot. Yaya was the winner for running the fastest up the stairs, while Ann came in a close second. Yaya chose Toccara and the two shared a spa day on the rooftop, while the rest of the girls had to walk back to the house.

For this week's photo shoot the girls posed for YJ Stinger Energy Drink while jumping on a trampoline. Amanda, Eva and Nicole were universally praised for their photos while Kelle, Ann, Cassie and Yaya struggled. Kelle and Ann landed in the bottom two, both for their lackluster photos. The judges decided that Ann had more potential, and Kelle was sent home.

  • First call-out: Eva Pigford
  • Bottom two: Ann Markley & Kelle Jacob
  • Eliminated: Kelle Jacob
  • Featured photographer: Sascha Pflaeging
  • Special guests: Joy Bauer, Captain Leif Wade, Kate Dillon
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Toccara Jones

The Girl Who Forgot Her Shoes

First aired November 3, 2004

In an earlier episode, Cassie had revealed to Amanda that she suffered from bulimia, and her secret had subsequently spread to all of the contestants as well as to Tyra. Tyra offered counseling to Cassie, but she refused help and denied that she had bulimia. The challenge for the girls was to go to the go-sees with the all of the designers. Amanda forgot her shoes, so after her first go-see she, along with Cassie, Eva, Toccara, and Ann went to a shoe store. Because of this, the girls, with the exception of Ya-Ya, Nicole, and Norelle, were 20 minutes late to their second go-see. Cassie and Norelle struggled with their walk. It was Yaya who impressed most of the designers. Yaya was chosen as the winner of the go-see challenge and she picked Nicole to share in a prize of a rack of clothes from each of the designers on their go-sees.

Model Alter-Egos
Amanda Cat Woman
Ann Darkness
Cassie Knightress
Eva Diva
Nicole Dominatrix
Norelle Amazon Woman
Toccara Noblewoman
Yaya Ghost

Toccara was in the bottom two, due to her questionable place in the fashion industry, and Cassie for her seemingly lack of drive and lackluster performance in a photo shoot for Ford Mustang automobiles, in which each contestant posed twice to represent dual identities in their respective characters, and Cassie was cut.

  • First call-out: Eva Pigford
  • Bottom two: Cassie Grisham & Toccara Jones
  • Eliminated: Cassie Grisham
  • Featured photographer: Davide
  • Special guests: Nicole Miller, Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Fürstenberg, Nanette Lepore, J. Alexander, Marc Bouwer
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Toccara Jones

The Girl Who Is Panic-Stricken

First aired November 10, 2004

This episode opened with an emotional Tyra and her mother discussing Cassie's elimination, saying she regretted not being able to help her. The girls got fashion advice from stylist Rebecca Weinberg. Afterwards, they were taken to Century 21, a department store, to find a fashionable outfit to wear. When the girls were finished, they were dropped off at a secret location that turned out to be an impromptu red carpet, where Yaya won the succeeding red-carpet challenge for being interviewed the best and picked Norelle to share her prize.

Their next photo shoot required them to pose wearing Verragio diamonds with a live tarantula, which scared Eva. At elimination, Yaya went over the edge when Rebecca said that Yaya wanted to prove her "African-ness". Despite being petrified of the spider, Eva pulled off a phenomenal photo. The judges felt that Eva, Nicole and Yaya shone in the photo shoot, while Ann, Toccara and Norelle struggled. In a shocking elimination, Toccara was eliminated because the judges felt the vibrant personality she needed to succeed in the industry was dwindling. Several years later, in Cycle 16, Tyra revealed that she had not wanted to send home Toccara, but was outnumbered by the other judges.

  • First call-out: Nicole Borud
  • Bottom two: Ann Markley & Toccara Jones
  • Eliminated: Toccara Jones
  • Featured photographer: Bill Diodato
  • Special guests: Paul Wilmot, Hampton Carney, Sarah Pyper, Rebecca Weinberg
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Toccara Jones

The Girls Meet Taye Diggs

First aired November 17, 2004

The remaining girls had an acting lesson with Taye Diggs. When it came time for Taye to tell the girls how they did, he forgot Nicole. Then Tyra came out and announced that the girls would be flying to Tokyo for the remainder of the competition. As Yaya won the challenge, she picked Amanda to fly first class with her while the other girls rode in coach. Instead of a photo shoot, the contestants filmed a Campbell's soup commercial speaking Japanese, in which Eva struggled, while Ann got it right from the get-go. An upset Eva then joked to Norelle that she wanted her to do bad and go home in her place, upsetting Ann.

During the judging test, the girls were required to read a commercial and eat umeboshi, a very salty and sour pickled fruit that the contestants reacted adversely to. Yaya showed a bad attitude during the judging panel after spitting the product out in front of the judges, which landed her in the bottom two. Tyra forgot Nicole as well and she was subsequently eliminated for being easy to overlook.

  • First call-out: Ann Markley
  • Bottom two: Nicole Borud & Yaya DaCosta
  • Eliminated: Nicole Borud
  • Featured commercial director: Zente Yoshie
  • Special guests: Taye Diggs, Sande Shurin, Toko Niwa
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Eva Pigford

The Girl Who Goes Ballistic

First aired November 24, 2004

This was the recap episode of the cycle including Cassie's tearful confession when she told her mother that she was a stripper, Yaya going ballistic and Eva & Yaya's catfight.

  • CoverGirl of the Week: Eva Pigford

The Girl Who The Lionesses Are Hunting

First aired December 1, 2004

For their challenge the girls learned and then were tested on their knowledge about the Tea Ceremony. Yaya won her fifth consecutive challenge and picked Amanda to go to a hot spring. The girls later ganged up on Eva after a comment she made about Norelle out of frustration in the previous episode. Eva later apologized to Norelle who still loved her despite what she said. The photo shoot this week was for T-Mobile; the girls had to pose with a cell phone as geishas in kimonos where Tyra posed for the girls. Eva, Amanda and Norelle shone while Ann and Yaya struggled. At panel, Tyra became disappointed in Eva as she brought her cooped emotions to panel. Norelle's poor presence and Ann's mediocre photo landed them in the bottom two. Tyra told Ann that she looked strong in person but poor in film and told the opposite to Norelle. But it was Norelle who took the fall and was sent home.

  • First call-out: Amanda Swafford
  • Bottom two: Ann Markley & Norelle Van Herk
  • Eliminated: Norelle Van Herk
  • Featured photographer: Amiko
  • Special guests: Toko Niwa, Kuineo Koike, Yoko Takahashi, Kyoko Higa
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Eva Pigford

The Girl Who Didn't Hug Goodbye

First aired December 8, 2004

Tension between Eva and Ann had escalated more after what Eva said to Norelle last week. The challenge consisted of go sees while still having Japanese street fashion. Ann and Eva worked together to get their way around Tokyo. Yaya arrived late for the challenge. Eva won and she picked Ann to try to fix their argument and had breakfast with the owner of Mikimoto, and they received pearls. The girls photoshoot was on a motorcycle with an anime-inspired look. Amanda and Yaya engaged while Eva and Ann struggled.

The day before judging, Tyra and her mother Carolyn stopped by at the house for one-on-one talk with the girls. For their judging test, the girls were to incorporate Japanese Street Fashion:Lolita fashion into their personal style. All girls failed to impress, but it was Ann who did the worst. At judging, the judges expressed disappointment for Ann's continual struggle to translate her natural beauty into film, even asking about her inspirations in life (in which she answered nothing). Eva's photo was also deemed lackluster. During deliberations, Ann threw a tantrum for still not doing well in the competition, causing another feud with Eva. Before handing their photos, Tyra showed disappointment for all four girls having not progressed enough as they should. Ann and Eva's mediocre photos landed them in the bottom two. But after a record of five appearances in the bottom two for the same reason, Ann was ultimately eliminated. Upon her elimination, a still-angry Ann hugged Yaya and Amanda, but not Eva.

  • First call-out: Amanda Swafford
  • Bottom two: Ann Markley & Eva Pigford
  • Eliminated: Ann Markley
  • Featured photographer: Takashi Miesaki
  • Special guests: J. Alexander, Toyohiko Mikimoto, Sawa Vaughters, Carolyn London
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Eva Pigford

The Girl Who Wins It All

First aired December 15, 2004

Amanda, Eva, and Yaya went head-on in a final CoverGirl photo shoot. At panel, the judges had trouble deciding who to eliminate, as all three girls were showered with praise for their great photographs, taking back what they have said last week about the girls not improving enough. After deliberation, Tyra congratulated the final three for lasting this far in the competition despite being the shortest girls of the cycle. Yaya was called first, leaving Eva and Amanda in the bottom two. Tyra told Amanda that she lacked the vibrant personality and commercial ability of Eva, and Eva was told that she lacked the high fashion ability and model features of Amanda. In a tough elimination, Eva was selected to be in the Final Two. An emotional Eva thought that she was going home, while a heartbroken Amanda headed home.

  • First call-out: Yaya DaCosta
  • Bottom two: Amanda Swafford & Eva Pigford
  • Eliminated: Amanda Swafford
  • Featured photographer: Shu Scenzu

Eva and Yaya then walked down the runway in a Noriko Fukushima fashion show and then went to panel for the last time and the judges commented on how they did in the fashion show and looked over their portfolios. During deliberation, the judges were torn between Yaya's overall refinement yet lacked likability and Eva's significant improvements yet lacking high fashion ability.

The girls were called back, and Eva Pigford was hailed as the third winner of America's Next Top Model.

  • Final two: Eva Pigford & Yaya DaCosta
  • America's Next Top Model: Eva Pigford
  • Special guests: J. Alexander, Noriko Fukushima>
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Eva Pigford

Contestant gallery

Magdalena Rivas

Eliminated outside of judging panel in episode 2

Leah Darrow

Eliminated in episode 2

Julie Titus

Eliminated in episode 3

Kristi Grommet

Eliminated in episode 4

Jennipher Frost

Eliminated in episode 5

Kelle Jacob

Eliminated in episode 6

Cassie Grisham

Eliminated in episode 7

Toccara Jones

Eliminated in episode 8

Nicole Borud

Eliminated in episode 9

Norelle Van Herk

Eliminated in episode 11

Ann Markley

Eliminated in episode 12

Amanda Swafford

Eliminated in episode 13

Yaya DaCosta


Eva Pigford


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