America's Next Top Model

10 Best Episodes of America's Next Top Model

Aspiring models compete for a chance to break into the business with a panel of judges critiquing their progress throughout the competition.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2023.

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America's Next Top Model - S1E9

#15 - The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model (Season 1 - Episode 9)

After returning from Paris, the girls resume living in the Flatotel, learning more about go-sees and auditioning for fashion shows. Baby Phat productions, created by Kimora, is holding auditions for their up and coming show and the girls try out. The remaining girls will work it with the top models in the biz at the Baby Phat fashion show during NYC's fashion week.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 34 votes.

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#14 - The Girl Whose Lips Puffed Up (Season 2 - Episode 6)


The girl's photo shoot for this week is simple beauty shots, photographs taken in black and white that focus on their face. After that, the girls are taken to an acting challenge where they will have to act out a scene. The last stop for the girls is a fast-paced action packed Matrix like commercial for Rollitos chips.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 35 votes.

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#13 - The Girl Who Walked Through The Ancient City (Season 6 - Episode 13)

It's down to Joanie, Jade and Danielle. In the end, a runway challenge through an ancient city will reveal this year's America's Next Top Model.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 29 votes.

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#12 - The Girl Who Wins It All (Season 3 - Episode 12)


On the finale for Cycle 3, the final three do a photoshoot that will be the ad for Covergirl Cosmetics if they win. Wearing sparkling tops and posing on a zenlike pond, Eva, Yaya, and Amanda make it a hard decision for the judges. The final two take to a unique runway show. When the judge's deliberation is over, the winner is announced.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 30 votes.

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#11 - And The Winner Is...? (Season 10 - Episode 13)

The remaining three girls are put to the test when they have to shoot a commercial and a photo shoot for CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara. It is revealed that the winner of the cycle will have her ad on a billboard in Times Square. During the commercial, all of the girls struggle with their lines, but still manage to look like real CoverGirls. During judging, the judges commented that Whitney's commercial was average but deemed her photo stellar, while they were not impressed by Fatima's robotic performance in her commercial. Anya's commercial is described as a "trainwreck", but that is 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". Anya was called first for her personality in her commercial, leaving Fatima and Whitney in the bottom two, both for the fourth time. Tyra is still not clear who Whitney actually is and whether she is not as beautiful as she seems to be and act. They also criticize Fatima for being stubborn and uninspiring in photo shoots. Whitney moves on and Fatima is eliminated. Nigel shoots the final two's Seventeen magazine cover for the July edition, where they both do a good job. The two finalists must then compete in a Italian fashion runway show. Anya and Whitney compete against each other in Versace gowns, with their outfits handpicked by the designer herself, Donatella Versace. During the show, Whitney and Anya both have their up's and downs for their runway walks. During the final deliberation, Whitney was told she did a very good job except that she forgot to pose long enough at the end of the runway. Anya was told she didn't walk as strongly compared to Whitney's confident strut, but she still looked stunning. The judges then examine both Anya and Whitney's body of work. The judges felt that Anya's photos were more "edgy" and "high fashion", while Whitney's were more "warm and approachable".

The episode was rated 7.77 from 22 votes.

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#10 - Nicholas Tse (Season 18 - Episode 10)


The models are challenged with having to learn a fight sequence and act in a scene with Nicholas Tse, international actor and pop star. The pressure is on as the women have to pose while harnessed atop a high rise tower in extreme rain and wind. Kelly Cutrone and Nigel Barker join guest judge Nicholas Tse as well as Tyra Banks on the judgesโ€™ panel for elimination.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 31 votes.

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#9 - The Girl Who Needs Six Months of Modeling School (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Beginning with a fitness challenge and leading onto a personal style evaluation, this episode has more drama than most. The competition this week? Walking the runway with a little something extra. The photo shoot this time around is a fun one, transforming the girls into various celebrities.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 37 votes.

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#8 - What Happens in Vegas (Season 12 - Episode 1)


America's Next Top Model returns for cycle 12 with 13 new contestants eager to be crowned the next top model. To find the 13 selected, the 34 models are first put through a photo shoot at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Tyra then chooses the best 13 and sends them to the loft in New York City. Next, the ladies work a fashion show and then bring back some childhood games as they participate in another photo shoot.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 19 votes.

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#7 - The Girls Who get Really Naked (Season 1 - Episode 7)

The four remaining girls bare it all at a risque photoshoot. Two of the girls fail to provail, while 2 end up on top. Then the girls get tested on there social skills. Some show too much, and some, no where near enough.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 45 votes.

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#6 - LaToya Jackson (Season 17 - Episode 5)


The women model fashions from the Kardashian Collection for a runway challenge at the Santa Monica Pier with Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian in attendance. During a photo shoot, the models get guidance from LaToya Jackson.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 29 votes.

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#5 - Highlights and Catfights (Season 16 - Episode 9)

Rewind and review the fashions, the friendships and the dramatic disagreements that make up the 16th cycle of "Top Model".

The episode was rated 7.84 from 19 votes.

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#4 - The Girl Who Gets Rushed to the Emergency Room (Season 1 - Episode 3)


That evening after everyone had finished their shoots for the day Tyra took them out to dinner. The next morning Adrianne woke up and was so sick. She felt hot, shaky, and was throwing up. While at the emergency room, doctors found she had food poisoning. The judges were impressed when Adrianne walked into judging that night wrapped in a blanket looking pale.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 52 votes.

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#3 - The Girl Who Drives Everyone Crazy (Season 1 - Episode 4)

One girl becomes obsessed with moisture, while another proves she a good liar. All the girls get a real eye openner when they arrive at their photoshoot.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 47 votes.

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#2 - Season Finale (Season 18 - Episode 13)


The final models participate in their Covergirl commercial and photo shoot, where one of the women has a panic attack and is taken to the hospital. For the first time in "Top Model" history, the women will take part in a holographic runway show interacting with lifelike images and also walk in sync with the outline of their own bodies. Kelly Cutrone and Nigel Barker join Jay Manuel and Tyra Banks on the judgesโ€™ panel to choose the winner.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 30 votes.

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#1 - The Girl Who Pushes Tyra Over The Edge (Season 4 - Episode 7)

Tyra gets upset with one of the girls, when she is sent home and she doesn't represent any sadness, while another girl, who is also eliminated, cries her eyes out.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 34 votes.

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