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America's Next Top Model is a popular reality series and competition that has been on the air for eighteen cycles spanning the course of nine years. The show features a womens' modeling competition, where women participate in various photo shoots and other modeling challenges in the hopes of becoming the overall winner of the competition and going on to fulfill a real career in the modeling industry.

Typically, the show starts with anywhere between ten and fourteen women, all of which are generally aged between eighteen and twenty five. The women are chosen by judges over the course of modeling try-outs, which are held in various locations, such as shopping malls, across the country.

Each cycle of America's Next Top Model is filmed in a different location, and the contestants often travel to various countries and landmarks to participate in competitions, go-sees, and photo shoots. At the end of each weekly episode, the contestants' performances in their shoots and other activities are assessed by a panel of three judges. After deliberation by the judges, one contestant is chosen to be sent home and the process is repeated each week until only one model remains: America's Next Top Model.

The judges of the competition can vary from cycle to cycle, and during some episodes, guests judges have been brought onto the panel as well. However, Tyra Banks (a high fashion model herself) has always been the host, main judge, and creator of the show itself. Other judges over the years have included fashion icon Twiggy, model Janice Dickinson, and runway coach J. Alexander.

The grand prize awarded to the winner of each cycle of America's Next Top Model is a full modeling contract with a large company, as well as the model's image on the front cover of a high fashion magazine. However, in the past, runners up from the show have also been offered impressive modeling contracts and other jobs in the field. Therefore, it is desirable for any contestant to finish as one of the top several models left standing.

America's Next Top Model continues to be a popular show for young girls and women alike, as many enjoy following the progress of the contestants from the beginning of the cycle until the end. In addition, the show has often brought plus-sized models into the competition, sending a positive message to girls everywhere that top models do not necessarily have to be extremely thin.

Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on The CW
22 Seasons, 294 Episodes - Currently Airing
May 20, 2003
Game Show, Reality
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America's Next Top Model Full Episode Guide

  • In the second part of the season finale, the girls walk in a final runway; the finalists' mothers join them as they learn who is America's Next Top Model.

  • The finalists shoot a campaign for Zappos Couture and anticipate the final runway show.

  • The models participate in a special photo shoot with their mothers, and the photographer is Tyra's mom. Later, the models shoot a mock cover of NYLON magazine and receive tips from supermodel Chrissy Teigen.

  • The models must create and pitch a unique business idea. Later, the models pose in pitch black darkness in the woods.

  • Overconfidence clouds one model's focus during a challenge in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, one model loses sight of the prize.

  • A review of what has happened this season. Plus, behind-the-scenes footage.

  • This week the models shoot a music video for Tyra's new beauty line, where former top model contestant Don Benjamin makes an appearance.

  • The models attend go-sees at modeling agencies and are paired with a previously eliminated contestant, who may get a second chance to re-enter the competition.

  • The models participate in a public service announcement in front of kids. At the photo shoot, the contestants pose as life-size dolls.

  • The models are paired up for a sexy commercial at the beach, but jealousy and bad chemistry could destroy the shoot.

  • The guys and girls are suspended in mid air for a photo shoot where they look possessed and a few of the models struggle.

  • The guys and girls are challenged to a photo shoot that will have no re-touching in the photos, which causes insecurity amongst some of the models.

  • The models participate in an emotional photo shoot that honors war heroes.

  • The remaining models compete in a runway walk on shipping containers raised high above the ground.

  • The models get a surprise when Jonathan and Drew Scott design the cast house. One model leaves the competition. The contestants who remain have to take part in a semi-nude public photo shoot.

  • Male and female models hope to impress Tyra and the judges in the season premiere of the 22nd cycle.

  • In the second part of the season finale, the girls walk in a final runway fashion show in Seoul for designer Lie Sang Bong. Who will be crowned winner of the 21st cycle?

  • In the first part of the season finale, past contestants return to help the remaining models make a commercial for Tyra's new cosmetics line.

  • The remaining models perform a bilingual scene with Korean soap opera actors before modeling in a night-time photo shoot dressed as the King and Queen of American pop culture: Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

  • The models compete in a timed challenge, and one girl gets caught in a lie. Later, a model offends photo consultant Yu Tsa.

  • A model is brought back into the competition after fans cast their vote via social media.

  • Kelly talks to Perez Hilton and other internet luminaries about how you can own the web on The Kelly Cutrone Project.

  • After the private session with Miss J, the models scramble to book a fashion show with designers, including Betsey Johnson.

  • A photo shoot challenge helps some of the couples realize their relationships may be interfering with their work.

  • Damaging comments are shared during the auditions for walk-on TV roles. Later, the photo shoot gets icy.

  • The models work to produce the perfect hair whip during a wind-blown photo shoot.

  • Tyra teaches the models how to make love to the camera to prep them for a sexy black widow-themed photo shoot.

  • The final 14 contestants move into a new home in time for tempers to heighten and relationships to ignite.

  • With only one week left to determine the Cycle 21 contestants, the semi-finalists tackle a rigorous Los Angeles subway challenge.

  • Boys and girls hope to impress in the opening episode of the 21st cycle.

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