America's Next Top Model (season 5)

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America's Next Top Model (season 5)
Cycle 5 cast
No. of contestants13
WinnerNicole Linkletter
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13 + reunion
Original networkUPN
Original releaseSeptember 21 (2005-09-21) –
December 7, 2005 (2005-12-07)
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America's Next Top Model (cycle 5) was the fifth cycle of America's Next Top Model. The judging panel ensemble was altered: Janice Dickinson was replaced by one of the most recognizable models of the 1960s, Twiggy, and Nolé Marin was replaced by runway coach J. Alexander. The cycle's catch-phrase was "Bling It On".

The prizes for this cycle were:

  • A modeling contract with Ford Models.
  • A fashion spread and cover in Elle Girl Magazine.
  • A US$100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.

The international destination during this cycle was London, England.

The cast size was reduced from 14 to 13, which was maintained up until cycle 10. The house that the girls stayed in the first half of the competition was later used for the first season of the VH1 show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.

The winner was 19-year-old Nicole Linkletter from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Sixth-placer Lisa D'Amato would later claim victory as the winner of cycle 17 All-Stars.


(ages listed are at start of contest)

Contestant[1] Age Height Hometown Outcome
Ashley Black[2] 22 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Fort Lauderdale, Florida Eliminated in Episode 2
Ebony Taylor[3] 18 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Sylmar, California Eliminated in Episode 3
Cassandra Whitehead[4] 19 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Houston, Texas Quit in Episode 4
Sarah Rhoades[5] 18 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Boonville, Missouri Eliminated in Episode 4
Diane Hernandez[6] 23 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Orlando, Florida Eliminated in Episode 5
Coryn Woitel[7] 19 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Minneapolis, Minnesota Eliminated in Episode 6
Kyle Kavanagh[8] 19 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Dexter, Michigan Eliminated in Episode 7
Lisa D'Amato[9] 24 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Los Angeles, California Eliminated in Episode 10
Kimberly "Kim" Stolz[10] 21 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) New York, New York Eliminated in Episode 11
Jayla Rubinelli[11] 20 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Tucson, Arizona Eliminated in Episode 12
Brittney "Bre" Scullark[12] 19 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Harlem, New York Eliminated in Episode 13
Erica "Nik" Pace[13] 21 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Atlanta, Georgia Runner-up
Nicole Linkletter[14] 19 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Grand Forks, North Dakota Winner

Episode Summaries[edit]

The Girl With The Twisted Catchphrase[edit]

First aired September 21, 2005

The casting process started out with 36 girls who were then interviewed by Tyra, and the two Jays, after a little pose-off. Notable interviews included Coryn revealing the fact that her mother struggled with depression, Nicole getting on her knees, Bre admitting she rarely showered, Jayla stating she went against her whole religion (Jehovah's Witness), and a girl named Susanna that had breast cancer. Nik was quickly judged to be similar to Naima Mora.

After the interviews the contestants were narrowed down to just 20 who were then sent to do a mock runway show. Sarah was the only girl to stumble. After that each girl got one on one time with Tyra, where Ebony's desire impressed Tyra, while Lisa used the time to ask Tyra about Will Smith. The judges deliberated and chose just 13 to be in the running this time.

The Girls Become Superheroes[edit]

First aired September 21, 2005

After moving into their new home, the contestants went to a party with celebrities and had to walk a runway, portraying different styles given to them by MC Nate Dogg.

Model Walk
Ashley Sensual
Bre Quirky
Cassandra Posh
Coryn Regal
Diane Ferocious
Ebony Avant-garde
Jayla Spunky
Kim Sassy
Kyle Confident
Lisa Feisty
Nicole Queenly
Nik Cutting-edge
Sarah Glitzy

Sarah, who was given size 10 shoes (she wears a seven) stumbled, while Kim, who didn't know how to put on make-up was blown off by Ashley, despite being friends. Sarah and Kim shared a kiss in the limousine on the way home.

The week's photoshoot had a superhero theme. Nik, Cassandra, Jayla and Lisa excelled but Kim, Ashley and Sarah struggled. Coryn managed to overcome her fear of heights. During judging the judges liked Kim's look but not her picture, Diane's face but not her pose or walk and Twiggy criticized Jayla's and Bre's walks as well as Bre's lack of eye contact. Sarah landed in the bottom two because she lost her confidence on the runway but it was Ashley who was eliminated because the judges felt that she was not a model and was just trying to get by as a pretty girl.

  • First Call-out: Nik Pace
  • Bottom two: Ashley Black & Sarah Rhoades
  • Eliminated: Ashley Black
  • Featured photographer: Mike Ruiz
  • Special guests: Robin Leach, Nate Dogg, Rob Talty, Eric Howard

The Girl Who Needs A Miracle[edit]

First aired September 28, 2005 All the girls received makeovers and were excited about their new looks, with the exception of Cassandra. Cassandra was upset that Tyra chose a "Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby" inspired look for her and cried as her long brown hair was cut. The girls were photographed in their new look as Jay assigned each of them a new personal style to adopt.

Model New Look Style
Bre Long, straight weave Ghetto Fabulous
Cassandra Short blonde pixie cut Mod with an edge
Coryn Blonde Sophisticated
Diane Blonde-brown highlights Dressy Casual
Ebony Long micro braids Sophisticated with an edge
Jayla Extensions Yves St Laurent Chic
Kim Redhead Femme Boy
Kyle Rich chocolate brown Chanel with an edge
Lisa Blonde highlights Supermodel with a twist
Nicole Thick extensions 90s wide-eyed supermodel
Nik Thick blonde-brown curls Bohemian Chic
Sarah Edgy symmetrical bob Ralph Lauren chic

For the week's challenge, the girls met former club kid James St. James, who explained how to exhibit one's personal style. He then explained that the girls would be given $500 to shop for a new outfit in Beverly Hills that demonstrated their new personal style. Lisa was declared the winner and for her prize, she was allowed to keep the new outfit she bought as well as three items she liked from the other girl's outfits. Lisa chose Ebony and Kim to share the prize with her and they were also allowed to keep one item from the outfits.

For the week's photo shoot, each contestant was paired up with another contestant of their choosing and the two were photographed in the same country-inspire couture outfit. Ebony was annoyed with her partner Lisa's antics on the shoot and struggled to produce a great photo while Cassandra was reluctant to let go of her beauty pageant training as she posed.

Style Winner Risk
Country Couture Nik Bre
Hay Stack Honey Cassandra Jayla
Rustic Ruffles Coryn Sarah
Pretty peasants Nicole Diane
Farm Hand Fatale Lisa Ebony
Haunting Haberdasheries Kim Kyle

At judging, the girls were called in pairs as opposed to being called individually. Tyra informed Cassandra that if she survived onto the next week, her hair would be cut even shorter to look more like Mia Farrow. Additionally, the judges decided that Jayla's extensions were too heavy for her face and if she survived onto the next week, she would receive a shorter haircut as well. Cassandra, Nicole, Coryn, Kim, Lisa, and Nik were declared the winners of the pairs and safe until the following week. Diane and Ebony landed in the bottom two for performing poorly at the photoshoot. Ultimately, the judges felt Ebony did not have a real future in modeling and thus she was eliminated.

  • First Call-out: Cassandra Whitehead
  • Bottom two: Ebony Taylor & Diane Hernandez
  • Eliminated: Ebony Taylor
  • Featured photographer: Craig De Cristo
  • Special guests: Louis Licari, Mr. Waatani Norris, Lorgh, Latanya, Rob Talty, Erica Howard, James St. James
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Lisa D'Amato

The Girl Who Makes A Disclaimer[edit]

First aired October 5, 2005

Tyra stopped by to see how the girls were doing. Miss J helped the girls with their walks by a pool in the ritzy part of L.A. They donned fun hats and skirts and danced around the pool in order to loosen up their movements. Their challenge was to walk on a runway and pose on a turning platform for Sue Wong, which Bre won. After Kim, Nik, Jayla, Coryn and Bre went out to eat caviar, Kim and Sarah made out in one of their beds together (seen on security camera). They also went for a swim and talked on the lawn chairs.

Then the girls posed as fashion victims. The shoot was taken on a moving platform in front of a green screen. During the shoot, Jayla and Cassandra had to get their short hair cuts. Jayla's was successful while Cassandra was unwilling to have her hair cut even shorter and she refused this assignment. In the end, Cassandra decided to quit the competition despite a huge and strong modelling potential and portfolio and being in the top 3 for photos for the first 3 weeks. Cassandra became the first girl in the history of America's Next Top Model to withdraw the show at one's own will.

  • Quit: Cassandra Whitehead

In panel, Tyra asked the girls to think very carefully if being a Top Model was something they really wanted to pursue as Cassandra's decision to quit the fifth cycle of America's Next Top Model after refusing to cut an inch of hair was mentioned before the official judging began. After the judges told the girls about cycle 2 contestant Camille's signature walk, the girls were instructed to give their own signature walk. Bre impressed the judges with her walk. Jayla redeemed herself with being able to work her new look in a striking photo and received the first call-out. The judges placed Kim and Sarah in the bottom two: Kim for giving a disclaimer before demonstrating her runway walk, and Sarah for her weak shoot and bad runway walk. It was Sarah who got eliminated for lack of self-confidence.

  • First Call-out: Jayla Rubinelli
  • Bottom two: Sarah Rhoades & Kim Stolz
  • Eliminated: Sarah Rhoades
  • Featured photographer: Mike Rosenthal
  • Special guests: Rob Talty, Sue Wong
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Nik Pace

The Girl Who Gets A Boob Job[edit]

First aired October 12, 2005

The girls talked with Twiggy about their flaws and then took a photo shoot to show and hide them. Kyle won the challenge, which was a spa treatment with two friends. She chose Kim and Coryn. Kim expressed that she missed Sarah.

Janice Dickinson, a former panel judge, photographed the remaining contestants in the following plastic surgery-themed photo shoot. Each contestant was photographed as if she had undergone a beauty enhancement procedure gone over the top, as follows:

Model Procedure
Bre Cheek Implants
Coryn Anti-wrinkle Injections
Diane Breast Reduction
Jayla Butt Implant
Kim Breast Implants
Kyle Lip Injection
Lisa Face Lift
Nicole Fake Tan
Nik Extreme Hair Extensions

During the photo shoot Lisa had a conversation with Janice, who told her not to "diss" the other girls since Lisa stated that she was "by far the healthiest of the girls," which caused Coryn to tell Janice that Lisa "dissed everyone." At the end, this caused Lisa to break down, because of what Janice said. Nik had to shoot nude because Jay, Janice, and other crew members did not like the dress that she had to wear. They decided she would shoot nude with the hair covering her as she sat down and only wear stilettos. This worried Nik as she knew her parents did not want her shooting nude. At panel Kyle wowed the judges, with judge Nigel Barker calling it "One of his favorite photos of the cycle." Nik, Coryn, and Jayla impressed the judges, but Diane failed to show her personality more and landed in the bottom two together with Bre, who wasn't strong enough to handle criticism (despite a strong photo). In the end Bre was saved and Diane was eliminated due to lack of confidence and inability to own her curves.

  • First Call-out: Kyle Kavanagh
  • Bottom two: Bre Scullark & Diane Hernandez
  • Eliminated: Diane Hernandez
  • Featured photographer: Janice Dickinson
  • Special guests: Jay Goldman, Rob Talty, Dean Factor, Davis Factor
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Nik Pace

The Girl Who Loves Bubbles And Talks To Plants[edit]

First aired October 19, 2005

The girls had Iman show them how to use food to apply makeup to their faces. Later that day, they were given a three-minute interview for an organic product. Kyle won the challenge and was given a mock interview as a spokesperson for a product and picked Nicole to count down the five greatest supermodels of all time with her on The Fabulous Life of Supermodels special on VH1. After the challenge ended, tensions flared between a critical argument between Lisa and Coryn. Tyra later dropped by the house to talk to the models about vices such as smoking and drinking. The show implied that the talk was due to Lisa's actions and the concerns of the other girls around her drinking and breakdowns.

Later, they had a challenge where they had to complete a commercial shoot, photo shoot, and press interview, all advertising Secret deodorant, in the space of thirty minutes. Behind the scenes, there was much drama, because Jayla stole Nik's secret, on camera, making Nik and other girls upset. Originally Nik was going to say she was afraid of the dark and slept with a night light and Jayla was going to say she was afraid of the dark. However once on camera Jayla said she was afraid of the dark and they stopped her commercial. When they did take two she said she slept with a night light. This caused Nik to lose sight of her objective and ultimately deliver a bad interview. The girls' secrets used in the commercial as follows:

Model Secret
Bre "Loves men's underwear"
Coryn Is afraid of heights
Jayla Is afraid of the dark
Kim Walks and talks tough but screams like a girl
Kyle Likes to sing and dance in front of a mirror
Lisa Tells herself she's beautiful every day
Nicole Eats ice cream in bed
Nik Is afraid of the dark and sleeps with a night light

The undeclared prize was that the girl with the strongest photograph would have her picture run as an actual advertisement for the product in print media. The judges agreed that Lisa had the strongest performance this week, but they chose Nicole's photo as the best one, and selected it. Meanwhile, Kim and Jayla also did well on both. Bre had a great commercial and interview but her photo was criticized. Nik's lack of focus and poor performance during her commercial landed her in the bottom two with Coryn who was eliminated because she could not overcome her melancholy demeanor.

  • First call-out: Lisa D'Amato
  • Bottom two: Coryn Woitel and Nik Pace
  • Eliminated: Coryn Woitel
  • Featured photographer: Jason Willheim
  • Featured commercial director: Bill Heuberger
  • Special guests: Iman, Chris Spencer, Kevin Mock, Ryan Devlin
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Nik Pace

The Girls Who Are 1940s Pin-ups[edit]

First aired October 26, 2005

The girls were coached in a black-and-white photo shoot with Tyra assisting them. They then went to a boot camp where they had to do all sorts of physical activities, including crawling in the mud, and then directly (without changing or showering) to a go-see with Elle Girl, a challenge which Lisa won, allowing her to meet and be taught by fashion stylist Todd Hallman.

The contestants shot advertisements for Ford Fusion dressed as Vargas "pin-up" girls. They also learned that the future winner of the cycle would have her picture run in magazines as a real ad. Most of the girls impressed the judges, although Bre once again showed her limitations in front of the camera, it was Kyle who was eliminated as she failed to show expression in her face and use the potential she had to stand out in photo shoots.

  • Fist Call-out: Kim Stolz
  • Bottom Two: Bre Scullark & Kyle Kavanagh
  • Eliminated: Kyle Kavanagh
  • Featured photographer: Richard Dean
  • Special guests: Eric Viskovicz, Brandon Holley, Marie Sutter, Lori Trott, Todd Hallman, Ruth Kahn, Rob Talty
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Nik Pace

The Girl Who Wants To Step On The Pretty Flower[edit]

First aired November 2, 2005

Is a flash back episode about the girls. It included Lisa's drinking problem and the fight between Coryn and Lisa.

The Girl Whose Boyfriend Is Cheating On Her[edit]

First aired November 9, 2005

The girls went to see a photoshoot featuring cycle 3 winner Eva Pigford and learned some valuable information from her about entourages, and proceeded to have a challenge in which they had to choose their own entourage. They had to also impress Benny Medina by doing a storyboard on their lives, which Kim won and got to guest star in an episode of Veronica Mars. The girls then did a photoshoot with Wild Boyz, who helped portray various scenarios that were meant to annoy and anger the girls.

Model Scenario
Bre Stolen underwear
Jayla Playing with the dog
Kim Pool stunts
Lisa Stolen make-up
Nicole Cheating boyfriend
Nik Stolen dress

Steve-O seemed to take a particular shine to Nicole, but Wee Man's immature personality did not sit well with Bre, and neither did Lisa's proclamation when she announced that she was going to urinate in a diaper while on-set which Nicole was disgusted about. Meanwhile, Nik and Kim did well, Bre stepped up her game and wowed Jay and the judges and received the first call-out. Nicole and Jayla failed to impress with their photographs and were called forward as the bottom two, both for the first time ever. Tyra shocked the contestants by announcing that both girls were "packing their bags," then revealed a picture of the Union Jack. Both girls were still in the running to becoming the fifth winner of America's Next Top Model because everyone would be packing their bags to go to London.

  • Fist Call-out: Bre Scullark
  • Bottom two: Jayla Rubinelli & Nicole Linkletter
  • Eliminated: None
  • Featured photographer: Nadia Pandolfo
  • Special guests: Benny Medina, Kristen Bell, Eva Pigford, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason Acuna, Nadia Pandolfo, Samara D'Auria, Marie Suter, Terell Muller, Jonathan Hanover, Kareem Black, BJ Gillian, Jean Kwolek, Rob Talty, Thi Chien
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Nik Pace

The Girl Who Talks Behind Everyone's Back[edit]

First aired November 16, 2005

The girls got a visit from Jenny Shimizu, which inspired Kim, as well as a lesson about image where they were shown bad pictures of themselves. While Nik was phoning a friend, Kim took the phone and made a joke to the person on the other end about Nik's lack of personality, greatly irritating her. The girls then took passport pictures, which was revealed to be a challenge and Bre was chosen as the winner. She picked Nik to share her prize. Then each of the girls got a message from their close ones. Then they finally were on their way to their plane, much to their relief. In the limo, Kim was confronted by Nik, Jayla and Bre about talking about people behind their backs after she caught Nik and Bre talking about her. Bre told Kim that she had an ugly character, which caused Kim to cry and she apologized for her actions.

The girls arrived in London Heathrow Airport where Miss J escorted them towards a crowd of paparazzi who ambushed and photographed them. They then moved into Savoy Hotel as their loft for the remainder of the competition and later that night two English gentlemen took Bre and Nik out on a carriage in London. Kim used this time to write an apology letter to Nik and Bre and left it on their bed to find, however they were still not convinced about Kim's sincerity. For the shoot, the girls posed together in a phone booth with only underwear, their galoshes, and a newspaper to cover themselves, as if they had tried to flee from the paparazzi.

At judging, it was revealed that the paparazzi "attack" when they first arrived in London was a judging test and Jayla was the only girl without a bad picture. All the girls were complimented for their shots, apart from Jayla who was told that she blended in with the other girls during her shoot. Whilst all other five girls who had previously survived the bottom two were safe, Lisa was eliminated in her only ever bottom two appearance as her spitfire personality came across as arrogance, despite having a strong photo. Lisa would return as an All-Stars contestant to the seventeenth cycle which she won over Allison Harvard.

  • Fist Call-out: Kim Stolz
  • Bottom two: Lisa D'Amato & Jayla Rubinelli
  • Eliminated: Lisa D'Amato
  • Featured photographer: Nick Maroudias
  • Special guests: Jenny Shimizu, Mark Anderson, Nick Maroudias, Kevin Frazier
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Bre Scullark

The Girl Who Retaliates[edit]

First aired November 23, 2005

For this week's challenge, the girls had to pose as statues in a park. Nicole struggled being surrounded by pigeons as she had a fear of birds which had irritated Bre who also mentioned that Nicole's voice is annoying. Nik won and chose Jayla and Bre for the prize – a shopping spree worth $15,000 at Harrods; ($10,000 for Nik and $5,000 for Bre and Jayla). Back at the hotel, Bre discovered her opened granola bars were stolen and, believing Nicole to be the one who stole them (when it was actually Lisa D'Amato, who confessed that she had stolen the granola bar in 2011), threw out her Red Bull in a sink. Kim caught Bre trying to hide the cans of Red Bull and felt uncomfortable when she knew what Bre had done. Later, the five remaining contestants then posed as modern interpretations of classical art in an advertisement for Quench body lotion by Olay.

Model Recreated Painting
Bre Mona Lisa
Jayla Whistler's Mother
Kim The Birth of Venus
Nicole Girl with a Pearl Earring
Nik Vitruvian Man

Kim told Nicole what had happened, which caused an argument between Bre and Nicole. Nicole denied touching any of Bre's possessions and wanted Bre to either replace or pay for the Red Bull she stole. Bre refused and was agitated that Kim had been gossiping again. The drama took its toll on all of the girls during the shoot, affecting Kim the most.

All of the girls, with the exception of Kim, impressed the judges at panel with their pictures. While the judges were deliberating, Bre and Kim fought behind the scenes. Bre broke down and claimed that Kim was an "ugly person" who had an "ugly personality" and would therefore not win America's Next Top Model. When the girls were brought back in, Nik, Jayla and Nicole were all safe in first, second and third places respectively. Consequently, Bre and Kim ultimately landed in the bottom two, Bre for her unprofessional behavior, despite a strong Mona Lisa photo and Kim for her lackluster Birth of Venus photo. Tyra asked Bre if she wanted to leave, to which an emotional Bre replied "not at all" and with that Bre was saved for the third time. Due to a lack of consistency during the competition, Kim was eliminated in the final five. This elimination had upset Nicole the most as Kim was her good friend. Kim stated that she wanted continue on with modelling as she came out with great skills as a model on America's Next Top Model.

  • Fist Call-out: Nik Pace
  • Bottom two: Bre Scullark & Kim Stolz
  • Eliminated: Kim Stolz
  • Featured photographer: Barry Lategan
  • Special guests: Jason Leung, Sukeena Rao
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Bre Scullark

The Girl Who Takes A Pill[edit]

First aired November 30, 2005

The final four girls went on go-sees throughout London. They had to dress mod, Bollywood, preppy, and punk. Nik won the challenge and chose Nicole to share in the prize. Nicole then picked Jayla. Nik won 100 frames, Nicole won 80 frames, Jayla won 60 frames, and Bre only had 50 frames and had shoot first and could not see herself before the photo shoot took place.

The girls then split in groups of two to go and see London.

Group Models
1 Nik & Jayla
2 Bre & Nicole

Jayla came clean to Nik about wanting to see Nik eliminated back in America and Bre and Nicole made up, with Bre even agreeing to compensate Nicole's energy drinks.

The final four were photographed in a Bollywood-inspired shoot to stand out in front of the crowd and reflecting the Indian influence on British fashion in recent years. Having been sick, Bre took some medicine that Jayla gave her which had made her sleepy and she underperformed at the shoot. Afterwards, they had a dinner at an Indian restaurant with Nigel who introduced them to his mother (who is Sri Lankan) and she showed them how to wear a sari properly. At panel, they had a judging test to dress in sarees. Nicole and Nik once again wowed the judges with their stunning photos and were called first and second respectively. While Bre was saved for the fourth time in the bottom two, Jayla was eliminated in her third bottom two appearance because the judges felt that she no longer believed in herself and that she wasn't strong enough to survive in the cutthroat modeling industry.

  • Fist Call-out: Nicole Linkletter
  • Bottom two: Jayla Rubinelli & Bre Scullark
  • Eliminated: Jayla Rubinelli
  • Featured photographer: Nigel Barker
  • Special guests: Simon Doonan, Ashley Isham, Robert Cary-Williams, Barbara Hulanicki, Sarah Feeney, Amy Molineaux, Gillian Barker
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Nik Pace

The Girl Who Is On The Cover[edit]

First aired December 7, 2005

In the season finale, Nik, Bre, and Nicole shot a CoverGirl commercial and stills. While Nik's strong performance was a significant improvement from her previous showing in the Secret shoot, Bre and Nicole who both previously did well in the Secret shoot struggled with their lines in the CoverGirl commercial. Nik was chosen first to continue on in the final round. Nicole landed in the bottom two with Bre, who was eliminated in her third consecutive bottom two appearance (also her fifth collective bottom two appearance of this cycle), because she was not as strong as the other two girls, despite making an improvement.

  • Fist Call-out: Nik Pace
  • Bottom two: Bre Scullark & Nicole Linkletter
  • Eliminated: Bre Scullark
  • Featured photographer: Kate Martin

Nik and Nicole then shot a magazine cover with Tyra Banks, photographed by Gilles Bensimon, knowing that the winner's cover would be published in the February 2006 issue of Elle Girl. They then competed against each other in the final runway competition, in which the previous two America's Next Top Model winners Eva Pigford (cycle 3) and Naima Mora (cycle 4) participated. At the final elimination panel, the judges favored both Nicole's walk and look and Nik's final performances in the Covergirl shoot, and Nicole was subsequently selected to be the fifth winner of America's Next Top Model. Nicole was a no-show for the next cycle's final runway task and continued to not even appear once for all remaining ANTM cycles after her win.

  • Final two: Nicole Linkletter & Nik Pace
  • America's Next Top Model: Nicole Linkletter
  • Featured photographers: Gilles Bensimon
  • Featured commercial director: Sara Dunlop
  • Special guests: Eva Pigford, Naima Mora, Gilles Bensimon, Jim De Yonker, Brandon Holly, Nargess Gharani, Vanya Strok
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Nik Pace[15]


Call-out order[edit]

Order Episodes
1[a] 2 3 4[b] 5 6 7 8[c] 9[d] 10 11 12 13
1 Cassandra Nik Cassandra Jayla Kyle Lisa Kim Bre
Bre Kim Nik Nicole Nik Nicole
2 Nik Lisa Nicole Kyle Jayla Jayla Lisa Kim Bre Jayla Nik Nicole Nik
3 Kyle Cassandra Coryn Nik Nik Kim Nik Nik Nicole Nicole Bre Bre
4 Ashley Diane Kim Bre Lisa Nicole Jayla Lisa Nik Bre Jayla
5 Bre Jayla Lisa Lisa Nicole Kyle Nicole Jayla
Jayla Kim
6 Kim Kyle Nik Diane Kim Bre Bre Lisa
7 Sarah Bre Bre Coryn Coryn Nik Kyle
8 Jayla Ebony Jayla Nicole Bre Coryn
9 Coryn Coryn Sarah Kim Diane
10 Nicole Nicole Kyle Sarah
11 Diane Kim Diane Cassandra
12 Lisa Sarah Ebony
13 Ebony Ashley
     The contestant won the challenge and was covergirl of the week
     The contestant was covergirl of the week
     The contestant won the challenge
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant quit the competition
     The contestant was part of a non-elimination bottom two
     The contestant won the competition
  1. ^ In episode 1, the pool of 36 girls was reduced to 13. This call-out order does not reflect their performances that week.
  2. ^ In episode 4, Cassandra quit the competition during the photo shoot.
  3. ^ Episode 8 was the recap episode.
  4. ^ In episode 9, Jayla and Nicole landed in bottom two. Neither of them was eliminated, as both Cassandra's choice to quit and Sarah's elimination during the same week had forced a non-elimination episode.

Photo shoot guide[edit]

  • Episode 2 Photo Shoot: Superheroes
  • Episode 3 Photo Shoot: Country Styles
  • Episode 4 Photo Shoot: Fashion Victims on a treadmill runway
  • Episode 5 Photo Shoot: Plastic Surgery
  • Episode 6 Photo Shoot: Secret Deodorant Endorsement
  • Episode 7 Photo Shoots: Black & White Beauty Shots and 1940s Vargas Pin-ups with a Ford Fusion
  • Episode 9 Photo Shoot: Different Scenarios with The Wild Boyz
  • Episode 10 Photo Shoot: Paparazzi Phonebooth
  • Episode 11 Photo Shoot: Modern Interpretations of Classic Arts
  • Episode 12 Photo Shoot: Bollywood
  • Episode 13 Photo Shoot & Commercial: CoverGirl Magazine Cover

Other cast members[edit]

  • Jay Manuel – Photo Director
  • Rob Talty – Stylist
  • Erica Howard – Stylist


  • Ebony – Long micro braids
  • CassandraMia Farrow inspired blonde pixie cut; never fully achieved
  • Sarah – Asymmetrical bob
  • Diane – Wheat-colored hair with bangs
  • Coryn – Long golden extensions and eyebrows shaped
  • Kyle – Long chocolate brown extensions
  • Lisa – Cut shorter and dyed chocolate brown; later, re-dyed believable blonde
  • Kim – Dyed red
  • Jayla – Long straight extensions; later, edgy bob
  • Bre – Straightened
  • Nik – Sun-kissed blonde
  • Nicole – Big curly weave

Post-Top Model careers[edit]

  • Ashley Black has modeled for hair care. She is now an on air personality for 93 Rock.[16]
  • Lisa D'Amato signed to L.A. Models and MI Models under the talent division,[17] modeled for various brands, and has released two recording singles. She has been featured in the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, In addition, she was the winner of cycle 17, an all-star season that featured past competitors.[18]
  • Diane Hernandez is signed to Wilhelmina Models and has been featured in Silhouette, Marianne,[19] and[20]
  • Kyle Kavanagh has done some modeling in Los Angeles.
  • Nicole Linkletter is currently signed with Nous Model Management in L.A., Upfront Models in Singapore, Models in Hong Kong and Agence Presse in Tokyo, and L.A. Models runway division, Paragon Model Management in Mexico and SMG Models.[21]
  • Nik Pace has signed with Fusion Model Management, modeled for Snuggle, Black Men, Metro Pop, Wedding Dresses, Request Jeans, Dirty Sexy Money, Us Weekly, Soft Sheen Carson, Enigma Hair Salon and is featured in her own calendar.[22] She is now signed with Ford, and was featured in a hair styling video by Ford Models.[23] In September 2009, she gave birth to a boy.[24]
  • Sarah Rhoades has returned to her career as a ballet dancer and works as a company artist for the Atlanta Ballet. She has done some test shots.
  • Jayla Rubinelli has modeled for New York couture, Ganett, Zitomer, Burn Suburbia Clothing, Great Guns 2008 Calendar, Tucson Lifestyle and HIN Girls between others[25]
  • Bre Scullark has signed to Ford Models in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago and appeared in commercials and print advertisements.,[26] In addition, she has participated in America's Next Top Model, cycle 17, an all-star cycle featuring past competitors, where she placed 10th.[27]
  • Kim Stolz signed to Elite Model Management and modeled for various brands and magazines before putting her modeling career on hold to become a correspondent for MTVu. She has done celebrity modeling and has signed with Ford Models. Since retired from modeling and television industry, Stolz shifted to become a bank intern, first at Citigroup and Bank of America.[28][29]
  • Ebony Taylor has walked in various fashion weeks but turned away from a career in modelling to return to college.[30] She competed in the 2010 Miss California pageant and won one of three preliminary evening dress awards.[31] She also supported her sister Angel Taylor when she auditioned for The Voice.
  • Cassandra Whitehead has worked with UPN and has done some television acting. She also appeared in films such as Fast & Furious (2009)[32] and 2 Dudes and a Dream (2009)[33] and later appeared on 1 vs. 100 and won $500,000. She married Canadian actor Stephen Amell on December 25, 2012 while on a vacation in the Caribbean.[34]
  • Coryn Woitel has modeled for FingerHut.[35]


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