Monday, 20 March 2017

Favourite ANTM Contestants Per Cycle

Here is an updated version of my favourite contestants per cycle, why, and their my favourite photo of them during the competition.

Cycle 1- Elyse Sewell

She was the loudmouthed one who said what was on her mind. She was quite outrageous and daring, and took great pictures. She made it to the final three, but was interesting as a person and managed to stir up quite a lot of drama!

Cycle 2- Shandi Sullivan

The "geek" who made the biggest transformation. She made such progress, you really rooted for her throughout the cycle... She is also best known for her "affair" with a male model with which caused great drama with her boyfriend... and so on... She managed to land a spot in the final three, but did not get to walk the runway.

Cycle 3- Yaya DaCosta

She was the girl with the bad skin... and wow did it improve throughout the cycle. She had stunning facial features, a great portfolio and a great walk, and got to the final two, losing out to Eva. She should've won! However, now she is an actress and a model, landing in roles such as Ugly Betty.

Cycle 4- Kahlen Rondot

She was a fierce beauty and she just had that edge to her. I liked Naima as well, but Kahlen was more interesting and had more depth to her. She took many stunning pictures, and was a finalist, losing out to Naima. Due to her resemblance to model Carmen Kass, she is currently NOT modelling, and is working as a bartender. Wasted potential!!

Cycle 5- Sarah Rhoades

I thought she had great potential- stunning features, beautiful lips, but her lack of confidence and her "fling" with fellow contestant Kim lead to her downfall and she was unfortunately eliminated quite early on in the competition...

Cycle 6- Joanie Dodds

She was the most interesting one, and had lots to say. She made you smile and she had funny things to say. She took some great photos as well... Although she didn't win, she should've, but she made it to the final 2.

Cycle 7- Melrose Bickerstaff

Melrose, throughout the competition was hated by the other girls. She was always alone, but her confidence in herself, and the fact she win loads of competitions, and one memorable moment where she STOLE the prize off another girl as part of the challenge, was just hilarious.

Cycle 8- Natasha Galkina

She was Russian, which gave her an immediate edge. She was interesting and smiley, and was fierce competition for the other girls. She managed to get to the final, but lost out to Jaslene.

Cycle 9- Heather Kuzmich

This was one of my favourites EVER, until Allison came along... she still rocks. Although she has aspergers syndrome, Heather came into the competition with optimism and humour. She was very funny throughout the competition, especially when trying to sell that wine glass... and took some stunning photos. She is a great ambassador for aspergers and is a successful model now.

Check out her cycle portfolio here

Cycle 10- Katarzyna Dolinska

Katarzyna is quite quiet, and has coasted throughout the competition. She has amazing facial features, especially her cheek bones. She has never done amazing, but has been a dark horse, and was spontaneously eliminated for a photo Tyra didn't like, although I thought was gorgeous. Also, the fact that Tyra couldn't say her name, and had to be corrected about once every episode made her the favourite for this cycle.

Cycle 11- Marjorie Conrad

Marjorie is the quirky and shy one of Cycle 11, who seems to rock at the photo shoots! She has an interesting personality, and is always smiley... She bears a resemblance to Franka Potente, and was robbed of a place in the final due to a bad photoshoot (where she didn't have any props, whilst McKey had like loads). Talk about unfair! Anyway, her stunning photos and her funny self got her this spot.

Check out her cycle portfolio here

Cycle 12- Allison Harvard

She is known as the "big eyed" girl, quirky, quiet and shy... but she has wowed us with the stunning photos week after week. She progressed significantly and got to the final 2, losing out to Teyona.

She is so funny throughout the cycle, saying random things that just make you laugh... most notably her confession to loving nosebleeds, and who could miss her finale of writhing around in (mud?) and her funky walk with the scarf (shaking it like maracas as she passes Ms. Jay).

Check out her cycle portfolio here

Cycle 13- Nicole Fox

Nicole, again is the quirky, shy, quiet one, who takes stunning pictures. She is perhaps a bit awkward but she isn't afraid to embarass herself. Every picture she took in the cycle was STUNNING, and thus, she won! She still has to work on her walk and her personality, but she is definitely high fashion, and has a long career ahead of her as a petite model!

Check out her Cycle Portfolio here

Cycle 14- Jessica Serfaty

The typical girl next door, Jessica proved she can take some stunning pictures early on in the cycle, with several first call outs. Unfortunately towards the end, she just didn't give what the judges wanted and was eliminated.

Cycle 15: Jane Randall

I grew to like her as the weeks progressed and she has such a stunning face- she is definitely the most beautiful this cycle but has that edge due to her jaw structure. She was top 4 before being axed, but was told by Tyra she "will make lots of money" and to "sign up to an agency right away". 

Jane proved she can take stunning pictures but also has personality- even if the judges don't realise it. Check out her portfolio here.

CYCLE 16: Jaclyn Poole + Hannah Jones
This cycle had so many likeable girls, but unfortunately, I can only pick one to be my favourite and that has to be Jaclyn- SCREW THAT. Two girls stood out to me from the beginning which were Jaclyn and Hannah. Jaclyn had much more screen time before her elimination so she was more obvious favourite but afterwards, Hannah was able to shine through.  

As a model she had one of the strongest portfolios and was prematurely eliminated. Just look at her best shot- you can't eliminate a girl who can transform into THAT.

Hannah has been so bubbly and cheery throughout the whole cycle, radiating a spark of energy and excitement even when she's just standing there that you can't help but like her! She took phenomenal high fashion photos and got to the top three! 


CYCLE 17: Allison Harvard
The ALL STARS cycle has been announced and out of the selection there is clearly only one girl that can be my favourite and that is Allison, who I rooted for in Cycle 12 and was a finalist. How will she do this time?


Allison rocked it this cycle yet again taking stunning picture after stunning picture. Many times she was called later than she should have but nonetheless got the BEST call out average out of all the girls overall. Being in the bottom two only once throughout the cycle (the one before the finale), this is one of the best performances in ANTM history.

Her runway was great and so was her commercial but guess what? She was robbed once again- I am utterly distraught at the travesty that Tyra and the judges have made. Urgh.

Here is my favourite photo of Allison from the cycle- it wasn't even from an official photoshoot (from the fashion editorial) and she looks mesmerising!

Cycle 18 (BRITISH INVASION): Ashley Brown
Ashley was so sweet yet hilarious on this flop of a cycle of ANTM... she just looked like she had fun on the show and didn't think much of it, accepting her early departure graciously and with humour. Despite not having the best portfolio, she definitely has the personality to match :) 

Cycle 19 (COLLEGE EDITION): Brittany Brown
Whilst she didn't stand out at the beginning of this cycle, she grew more and more likeable and was drastically cut the same episode they brought back an eliminated girl. She was sweet but also had an edge (which still needed to be harnessed) but still pulled out some great shots.

Cycle 20 (BOYS VS GIRLS): Jourdan Miller
Whilst she seemed like the typical blonde to begin with, my eye was on her since the paint photo shoot; she produced one of the best shots in ANTM history, and went on to win the whole cycle. Of course, I liked Nina and Chris H, but Jourdan's photos were just a notch above everyone else's! Congrats Jourdan!

Cycle 21 (BOYS VS GIRLS II): Matthew Smith
Despite only having an average portfolio, Matthew was definitely my favourite from the beginning. He has one of the most beautiful faces that has graced Top Model since guys were introduced and a sincere personality to match. Definitely eliminated before his time, here is my favourite shot of him from the cycle.

Cycle 22 (BOYS VS GIRLS III): Nyle Dimarco
Nyle is undoubtedly my favourite this cycle from the first episode. Although he is deaf, he has throughout the cycle, been noted to take the best direction and 'listens' to feedback. Whilst his shoots during the show were hit and miss; mostly a pretty face and body, his work outside the show is much stronger. Check out his shoot with Tony Veloz. Having gained a massive following through the show, he has launched his own sign language course on an app and worked with numerous photographers including Mike Ruiz.

Cycle 23: India Gants
India quickly became a favourite for her distinct look and sweet personality and a well deserved winner for the first revamped VH1 version of ANTM, having got 5 first call outs during the show. Can't wait to see how far she goes with the modelling, given the constant comparison to Gigi Hadid.

Cycle 24: Krystyana Kazakova
Totally robbed. Krystyana was the best "curvy" girl in all ANTM history and had such a strong story to tell. She truly beat out the rest of the contestants with the most challenge wins all cycle and tied for the most first call outs. 

Cycle 25: TBD


  1. Nice post. I just wanted to say that Elise DID make the final three, and Shandi was 3rd, not the runner-up.

    1. Thanks for letting me know - the changes have ben made

  2. When u wrote about Joanie "...she should've won... or at least got to the final 2..." she DID!!! she was the runner up in cycle 6
    nice post btw :)

  3. I love Heather, Jaclyn, Joanie, Natasha (grew on me), Yaya (grew on me), Kahlen and Allison. I also really liked Laura in Nicole's season but they screwed her over constantly on the all-stars cycle

    C1 - Elyse
    C2 - Mercedes
    C3 - Amanda
    C4 - Kahlen
    C5 - Nicole
    C6 - Furonda
    C7 - CariDee
    C8 - Jaslene
    C9 - Bianca
    C10 - Katarzyna
    C11 - Lauren Brie
    C12 - Allison
    C13 - Laura
    C14 - Jessica
    C15 - Kayla
    C16 - Alexandria
    C17 - Allison
    C18 - Alisha
    C19 - Victoria
    Didn't watch the other cycles

  5. who should have won
    C1-Elyse runner up-Adrianne
    C2-Mercedes runner up-Brandi
    C3-Amanda runner up-Yaya
    C4-Kahlen runner up-Naima
    C5-Nicole.L runner up-Nik
    C6-Danielle runner up-Joanie
    C7-Melrose runner up-CariDee
    C8-Natasha runner up-Jaslene
    C9-Heather runner up-Chantal
    C10-Anya runner up-Fatima
    C11-Analeigh runner up-Samantha
    C12-Alison runner up-Teyona
    C13-Nicole.F runner up-Erin
    C14-Jessica runner up-Raina
    C15-Ann runner up-Jane
    C16-Hannah runner up-Molly
    C17-Angelea runner up-Laura
    C18-Sophie runner up-Laura
    C19-Leila runner up-Laura
    C20-Jourdan runner up-Nina
    C21- I am hoping Chantelle or Shei win

  6. ...... kekekekeke

    C1 - Maybe Elyse
    C2 - Don't remember
    C3 - Yaya
    C4 - Brittany
    C5 - Nik
    C6 - Dani!
    C7 - No real favourite
    C8 - Maybe Brittany
    C9 - Between Lisa, Jenah, Chantal
    C10 - Fatima
    C11 - Analeigh
    C12 - Aminat
    C13 - Nicole and Erin
    C14 - Raina
    C15 - Kendal then Jane
    C16 - Mikaela then Molly
    C17 - Allison
    C18 - Sophie
    C19 - Laura then Leila
    C20 - Jourdan and Chris H

  7. I loved Allison until I found out she was not as shy as she led on. With the entire Celia debacle (especially if you watch the behind the scenes episode). I want to start with: Elyse talked about going home constantly and everyone LOVES her. Nobody cried to Tyra about how unfair it was. I always thought Allison was a compassionate underdog type person. It was a huge part of her look/personal image. But when she jumped on the petty, immature, Celia train and then made the Chicken Soup for the Soul comment I was disappointed. Whether Tahlia could model or not it was insensitive the way they treated her. She had burns on her body. Like have a little empathy geez. If she felt she made a mistake (and thought about going home like ONCE) and naively mentioned it to Celia - big deal. Like I said above: Elyse.

    As a model Allison is great. She is beautiful and quirky etc. I wish I never saw the other side of her. And then when she wouldn't admit she took part in the discussion it was even more frustrating.


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