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America's Next Top Model (cycle 1)
Cycle 1 cast
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 9
Original network UPN
Original release

May 20 (2003-05-20) – July 15, 2003 (2003-07-15)

Additional information
No. of contestants 10
Winner Adrianne Curry
All-stars Shannon Stewart
Cycle chronology
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Cycle 2

America's Next Top Model, cycle 1 was the first cycle of America's Next Top Model. It originally aired on UPN from May to July 2003, and was hosted by Tyra Banks, who additionally served as its executive producer and presenter. The judging panel consisted of Banks, Janice Dickinson, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Beau Quillian. The cycle's catchphrase was "One girl has what it takes".[1][2][3]

This was the only season to feature a cast of only 10 finalists. All later cycles have featured at least 12 finalists. The international destination for the cycle was Paris, France. The winner of the competition was 20-year-old Adrianne Curry from Joliet, Illinois. Her prizes were a modelling contract with Wilhelmina Models, a photo spread in Marie Claire magazine and a contract with Revlon cosmetics.


(ages stated are at start of contest)

Contestant Age Height Hometown Finish Place
Tessa Carlson[4] 19 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Chicago, Illinois Episode 1 10
Katie Cleary[5] 21 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Glenview, Illinois Episode 2 9
Nicole Panattoni[6] 22 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Murrieta, California Episode 3 8
Ebony Haith[7] 24 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Bronx, New York Episode 4 7
Giselle Samson[8] 18 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Corona, California Episode 5 6
Kesse Wallace[9] 21 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) North Little Rock, Arkansas Episode 6 5
Robin Manning[10] 26 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Memphis, Tennessee Episode 7 4
Elyse Sewell[11] 20 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Albuquerque, New Mexico Episode 9 3
Shannon Stewart[12] 18 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m) Franklin, Ohio 2
Adrianne Curry[13] 20 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m) Joliet, Illinois 1

Episode summaries

The Girl Who Wants It Bad

First aired May 20, 2003

Twenty semi-finalists, chosen from thousands of hopefuls, arrived in Los Angeles for the preliminary round of the competition. The contestants were told that only ten of them would make it to the finals, but after their meetings with Tyra Banks and the producers, only eight advanced. Two more contestants, Giselle and Tessa, were added to the final cast following a separate audition.

For the week's photo shoot, the ten finalists modeled J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez swimwear atop a Manhattan skyscraper. The judging session saw Tessa become the first model eliminated from the competition.

  • First call-out: Ebony Haith
  • Bottom two: Shannon Stewart & Tessa Carlson
  • Eliminated: Tessa Carlson
  • Featured photographer: Douglas Bizzaro & Elizabeth Moss

The Girl Is Here To Win, Not Make Friends

First aired May 27, 2003

For the week's challenge, the nine remaining finalists took part in a mock fashion show. The challenge winner was Giselle. For the photo shoot, the finalists posed for Stuff magazine. The judging session saw Katie become the second model eliminated from the competition.

  • First call-out: Shannon Stewart
  • Bottom two: Katie Cleary & Kesse Wallace
  • Eliminated: Katie Cleary
  • Featured photographer: Barry Hollywood
  • Special guests: Wyclef Jean

The Girl Who Gets Rushed To The Emergency Room

First aired June 3, 2003

The eight remaining finalists were given makeovers. They had a challenge on applying make-up, which was won by Elyse. For the week's photo shoot, the finalists had beauty shots taken with a snake. The judging session saw Nicole become the third model eliminated from the competition.

  • First call-out: Shannon Stewart
  • Bottom two: Ebony Haith & Nicole Panattoni
  • Eliminated: Nicole Panattoni
  • Featured photographer: Troy Ward
  • Special guests: Kim Lepine, Jon Silverman, Max Tucci, Janice Combs, Constance White, Derek Kahn

The Girl Who Drives Everyone Crazy

First aired June 10, 2003

The seven remaining finalists were challenged to polish their acting skills. They were given a challenge on line-reading, which was won by Robin. Instead of a photo shoot, the finalists shot a commercial for Fresh Look contact lenses. The judging session saw Ebony become the fourth model eliminated from the competition.

  • First call-out: Kesse Wallace
  • Bottom two: Ebony Haith & Giselle Samson
  • Eliminated: Ebony Haith
  • Featured commercial director: Loren Haynes
  • Special guests: Jon Silverman, Alice Spivak, Tracy Staus

The Girl Who Everyone Thinks Is Killing Herself

First aired June 17, 2003

For the week's challenge, the six remaining finalists gave interviews, with Elyse winning. The photo shoot was a campaign for Reebok with NFL Rookie of the Year Clinton Portis. The judging session saw Giselle become the fifth model eliminated from the competition.

  • First call-out: Adrianne Curry
  • Bottom two: Elyse Sewell & Giselle Samson
  • Eliminated: Giselle Samson
  • Featured photographer: Daniel Garriga
  • Special guests: Cindy Berger, Jon Silverman, Clinton Portis, Christine Curry, Martin Crandall, Derek Kahn, Steve Santagati

The Girl Who Deals With A Pervert

First aired June 24, 2003

The five remaining finalists were flown to Paris for the week's challenge and photo shoot. They did a lingerie shoot for Wonder Bra with male model Brad Pinkert, and for the challenge they attended go-sees. The judging session saw Kesse become the sixth model eliminated from the competition.

  • First call-out: Elyse Sewell
  • Bottom two: Adrianne Curry & Kesse Wallace
  • Eliminated: Kesse Wallace
  • Featured photographer: Michel Haddi
  • Special guests: Pink, Brad Pinkert, Emma Mackie, Marilyn Gauthier

The Girls Get Really Naked

First aired July 1, 2003

For the week’s challenge, the four remaining finalists went to a restaurant and met four men, who judged them on their ability to carry themselves in a couture situation. The challenge winner was Adrianne. The finalists did two photo shoots this week: a black-and-white beauty shoot shot by Tyra Banks, and a nude shoot for Merit Diamond jewelry, the latter of which Robin and Shannon refused to participate in. The finalists were flown back to New York City for the judging session, which saw Robin become the seventh model eliminated from the competition.

  • First call-out: Elyse Sewell
  • Bottom two: Robin Manning & Shannon Stewart
  • Eliminated: Robin Manning
  • Featured photographers: Tyra Banks, Patrick Katzman
  • Special guests: Pascal Millet, Derek Khan

How The Girls Got Here

First aired July 8, 2003

This episode was an overview of the past seven episodes of the cycle which featured previously unseen footage.

The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model

First aired July 8, 2003

The final three contestants were Adrianne Curry, Elyse Sewell and Shannon Stewart. Elyse became the eighth model eliminated at the penultimate judging session.

  • First call-out: Shannon Stewart
  • Bottom two: Adrianne Curry & Elyse Sewell
  • Eliminated: Elyse Sewell

Adrianne and Shannon competed in a Baby Phat fashion show. The final judging session saw Adrianne crowned America's Next Top Model.

  • Final two: Adrianne Curry & Shannon Stewart
  • America's Next Top Model: Adrianne Curry
  • Special guest: Drew Lineham


Call-out order

Tyra's call-out order
Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9
1 Nicole Ebony Shannon Shannon Kesse Adrianne Elyse Elyse Shannon Adrianne
2 Robin Elyse Nicole Kesse Elyse Kesse Shannon Adrianne Adrianne Shannon
3 Kesse Kesse Giselle Elyse Adrianne Shannon Robin Shannon Elyse
4 Elyse Adrianne Robin Giselle Robin Robin Adrianne Robin
5 Katie Katie Adrianne Adrianne Shannon Elyse Kesse
6 Ebony Nicole Ebony Robin Giselle Giselle
7 Adrianne Giselle Elyse Ebony Ebony
8 Shannon Robin Kesse Nicole
9 Shannon Katie
10 Tessa
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant won the competition
  • In episode 1, the pool of 20 semi-finalists was reduced to 8. Later, two more contestants (Giselle and Tessa) were scouted and introduced to the cast.
  • In episode 7, Robin and Shannon did not participate in the photo shoot.
  • Episode 8 was the recap episode.

Photo shoot guide

  • Episode 1 photo shoot: Swimwear on a rooftop
  • Episode 2 photo shoot: Swimwear for Stuff
  • Episode 3 photo shoot: Beauty shots with snakes
  • Episode 4 commercial: Fresh Look contact lenses
  • Episode 5 photo shoot: Reebok ad with Clinton Portis
  • Episode 6 photo shoot: Wonder Bra overlooking the Eiffel Tower
  • Episode 7 photo shoots: Black & white beauty shots, nude campaign for Merit Diamond


  • Adrianne - Weave with bangs
  • Ebony - Tuft shaved off
  • Elyse - Pixie cut
  • Giselle - Dyed red and layered
  • Kesse - Hair weave with honey blonde highlights, à la Tyra Banks in 1992
  • Nicole - Weave trimmed and straightened
  • Robin - Weave removed and light brown weave added
  • Shannon - Straight hair weave and more blonde

Post-Top Model careers

  • Tessa Carlson modeled for Noah Kalina and Joey Quintero.
  • Katie Cleary is working with Deal or No Deal and has done print modeling. She has been an on-camera host for TV Guide Channel, E! News, and HDTV's Get Out. Her acting credits include Chuck, The Break-Up, The Lake House, and Iron Man 2.[14]
  • Adrianne Curry collected her prizes and has modeled for several magazines, including Life & Style Weekly, Us Weekly, Star, OK!, Stuff, People, Maxim, made the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2005, Max (Spanish) Marie Claire, Spanish Marie Claire, Von Dutch, Von Dutch Watches, Salon City, Macy's, Famous Stars and Straps, Lucky, Ed Hardy, Kinis Bikinis, Beverly Hills Choppers, and Merit Diamonds. She has walked for Jaime Pressly and Pamela Anderson. She was signed with Wilhelmina Models and Avenue Modeller,[15] and is no longer a model. She was married to actor Christopher Knight from 2006 to 2012.
  • Ebony Haith was signed with Downtown Model Management.
  • Robin Manning is pursuing an acting career and has been in two movies, and has done church-related print work.
  • Nicole Panattoni modeled for various companies. She is married to BMX rider Cory Nastazio.
  • Giselle Samson now works as a hostess for Carnival Cruise.[16]
  • Elyse Sewell has done multiple print ads, and been signed by multiple agencies in Asia.
  • Shannon Stewart has done print work, and has been signed with Ford Models and Elite Model Management. She participated in the America's Next Top Model All Stars cycle alongside other former contestants,[17] finishing in sixth place.


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