America's Next Top Model (season 8)

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America's Next Top Model (cycle 8)
Cycle 8 cast
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Original network The CW
Original release February 28 (2007-02-28) – May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)
Additional information
No. of contestants 13
Winner Jaslene Gonzalez
Season summary

The eighth cycle of America's Next Top Model aired from February 28, 2007 to May 16, 2007, and was the second season of the series to be aired on The CW network.

The international destination during this cycle was Sydney, Australia. The winner, similar to all of the cycles aired on The CW network, received representation by Elite Model Management, a cover & six-page spread within Seventeen magazine,[1] and a US$100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.

The cycle's promotional tagline was "Welcome To The Jungle, Ladies" and the promotional theme songs were both Danity Kane's "One Shot" and Shiny Toy Guns' "Le Disko."

The winner was 20-year-old Jaslene Gonzalez from Chicago, Illinois, who notably had made it to the semi-finals of cycle 7, but was not cast. Gonzalez became the first winner without any bottom two appearance.

The cycle's finale episode attracted more than 6.6 million viewers, a record for both the franchise and the CW.


(ages stated are at start of contest)

Contestant[2] Age Hometown Finish Place
Kathleen DuJour[3] 20 Brooklyn, New York Episode 2 13
Samantha Francis[4] 19 Pinson, Alabama Episode 3 12
Cassandra Watson[5] 24 Seattle, Washington Episode 4 11
Felicia Provost[6] 19 Houston, Texas Episode 5 10
Diana Zalewski[7] 21 Garfield, New Jersey Episode 6 9
Sarah VonderHaar[8] 20 Lake Zurich, Illinois Episode 7 8
Whitney Cunningham[9] 21 West Palm Beach, Florida Episode 8 7
Jael Strauss[10] 22 Detroit, Michigan Episode 9 6
Brittany Hatch[11] 21 Savannah, Georgia Episode 11 5
Dionne Walters[12] 20 Montgomery, Alabama Episode 12 4
Renee DeWitt[13] 20 Maui, Hawaii Episode 13 3
Natasha Galkina[14] 21 Dallas, Texas 2
Jaslene Gonzalez[15] 20 Chicago, Illinois 1


The Girl Who Won't Stop Talking[edit]

First aired February 28, 2007

The Girls Go To Prom[edit]

First aired March 7, 2007

  • Featured photographer: Carlos Rios
  • Special guests: Roy Campbell, Hallie Bowman
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Jaslene Gonzalez

The Girl Who Cries All The Time[edit]

First aired March 14, 2007

  • Featured photographer: Joseph Cultice
  • Special guests: Neeko, Roxanna Floyd, Carissa Rosenberg
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Jaslene Gonzalez

The Girl Who Changes Her Attitude[edit]

First aired March 21, 2007

  • Featured photographer: Mike Rosenthal
  • Special guest: Benny Ninja
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Jael Strauss

The Girl Who Takes Credit[edit]

First aired March 28, 2007

  • Featured photographer: Richard Reinsdorf
  • Special guests: Cathy Gould, Deda Coben, Raven (drag queen)
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Whitney Cunningham

The Girl Who Gets Thrown In The Pool[edit]

First aired April 4, 2007

The Girl Who Impresses Pedro[edit]

First aired April 11, 2007

  • Featured photographer: Matthew Jordan Smith
  • Special guests: Tia Mowry, Efren Ramirez, Rebecca Epley, Kim Stolz, Joanie Dodds, Michelle Deighton, Bre Scullark, Michelle Babin, Amanda Babin, Shannon Stewart, Christian Marc
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Jaslene Gonzalez

The Girls Go Down Under[edit]

First aired April 18, 2007

  • Featured commercial director: Simon Higgins
  • Special guests: April Wilkner, Erika Heynatz, Gary Riotto, Nick Hudson
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Natasha Galkina

The Girl Who Picks A Fight[edit]

First aired April 25, 2007

The Girl Who Blames The Taxi Driver[edit]

First aired May 2, 2007

  • Featured photographers: Tyra Banks, Michael Omm
  • Special guests: Jodhi Meares, Priscilla Leighton Clark, Wayne Cooper, Lill Boyd, Anna Hewett, Tina Kalivas, Jayson Brunsdon, Arabella Ramsay, Alice McCall, Kit Willow, David Sciola, Brad Rope, Adrian Allen, Tamati Williams, Samuel Sirena
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Natasha Galkina

The Girl Who Does Not Want To Dance[edit]

First aired May 9, 2007

  • Featured photographer: Kane Skennar
  • Special guests: Carissa Rosenberg, Uncle Max, Calita Murray, Justin Schwarz, Sharon Williams
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Jaslene Gonzalez

The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model[edit]

First aired May 16, 2007

  • Featured photographer: Jim De Yonker
  • Special guests: CariDee English, Brent Poer, Sarah-Jane Clarke, Heidi Middleton, Carissa Rosenberg


Call-out order[edit]

Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13
1 Natasha Jaslene Jaslene Brittany Renee Natasha Jael Dionne Natasha Jaslene Renee Jaslene Jaslene
2 Kathleen Brittany Felicia Jael Natasha Dionne Natasha Natasha Renee Natasha Jaslene Natasha Natasha
3 Sarah Felicia Diana Sarah Brittany Brittany Dionne Brittany Jaslene Renee Natasha Renee
4 Cassandra Diana Renee Dionne Whitney Jaslene Brittany Renee Dionne Dionne Dionne
5 Renee Samantha Brittany Felicia Jaslene Sarah Renee Jaslene Brittany Brittany
6 Samantha Cassandra Cassandra Renee Jael Renee Jaslene Jael Jael
7 Dionne Renee Dionne Whitney Diana Jael Whitney Whitney
8 Whitney Sarah Jael Natasha Sarah Whitney Sarah
9 Brittany Dionne Whitney Jaslene Dionne Diana
10 Felicia Whitney Sarah Diana Felicia
11 Jael Natasha Natasha Cassandra
12 Jaslene Jael Samantha
13 Diana Kathleen
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant won the competition
  • In episode 1, the pool of 20 girls was reduced to 13 who moved on to the main competition. However, this first call-out does not reflect their performance that first week.
  • Episode 10 was the recap episode.

Photo Shoot Guide[edit]

  • Episode 1 photo shoot: Mark Ecko's Pool Party (casting)
  • Episode 2 photo shoot: Political Controversies
  • Episode 3 photo shoot: Highschool clichés
  • Episode 4 photo shoot: Nude Candy-coated
  • Episode 5 photo shoot: Crime Scene Victims
  • Episode 6 photo shoot: Gender-swap
  • Episode 7 photo shoot: Four Personalities Beautyshots
  • Episode 8 photo shoot: Unforgettable ANTM moments with Past Contestants
  • Episode 9 commercial: CoverGirl Queen Mascara Commercial with Australian Accent
  • Episode 11 photo shoots: Swimsuits for Women's and Men's Magazines
  • Episode 12 photo shoot: Aboriginal Dances
  • Episode 13 photo shoots & Commercial: Covergirl beauty shot; "My Life As A Covergirl" commercial shoot for truShine lipcolor; Seventeen magazine covers

Other cast members[edit]

  • Jay Manuel – photography
  • Sutan – make-up
  • Christian Marc – hair
  • Anda & Masha – wardrobe


  • Brittany – Wavy red weave; later, weave removed and hair remained red
  • Cassandra – Voluminous afro extesions
  • Diana – Golden blonde long hair
  • Dionne – Black short hair ala Kelis
  • Felicia – Black hair with bangs
  • Jael – Originally, Long brown weave; later, Mia Farrow inspired cut
  • Jaslene – Volumized layered hair
  • Natasha – Vidal Sassoon inspired shoulder length cut with bangs and dyed chocolate brown
  • Renee – Yoanna House inspired cut
  • Sarah – Cut shorter and dyed light brown
  • Whitney – Wavy brown weave

Post-Top Model careers[edit]

  • Renee DeWitt was signed with NEXT Model Management and appeared on Modelville. On December 10, 2014, DeWitt was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to four felony burglary counts, one count of vehicle theft, one count of firearm possession and one misdemeanor count of identity theft. She was dismissed of more than a dozen other counts under a plea agreement.[16]
  • Whitney Cunningham had done some test shots and was in Plus magazine and IMT Styles magazine. She used to be signed with CESD Modeling Agency. She is now the president of a marketing company.[17]
  • Kathleen DuJour did some test shots. She now works as a hair stylist in Brooklyn. [18]
  • Samantha Francis was signed with Fusion Model Management in New York City, Apple Model Management in Bangkok and Style International Management in Hong Kong. She used to be signed with Elite Model Management in New York. Her print work credits include Knit.1, Ming Pao Weekly, Macau Closer Lifestyle, Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong and Thailand, Elle Thailand, Seventeen and Elle UK. She was featured as a "Top Model in Action" during cycle 13.
  • Natasha Galkina is currently signed with Red Model Management in New York City, under the name "Alie M", NEXT Model Management in Milan and Elite Model Management in New York. She used to be signed with MUSE Modeling Agency in New York, IMG Models in New York, MGMT First in New York City, Ace Model Management in Athens, Beatrice International Models in Milan, Wilhelmina Models in L.A and Ford Models in New York. She also appeared in editorials for Italian Vogue as well as A Cover Of Beauty In Vogue In Russia, Teen Vogue, I-D Magazine, Elle Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Harper's Bazaar in Hong Kong, Fashion Magazine, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire and Maxim Magazine. She also signed with Fenton Moon NY[19] along with other alumni Andrea Debevc and Mikaela Schipani.
  • Jaslene Gonzalez is currently signed with MC2 Models in New York, Faces Model Management in Malaysia and Exodus Model Management.[20] She has modeled for the New York Post (Tempo), US Weekly,In Touch Weekly,[21] had a 6-page spread in an issue of Vibe Vixen magazine, a 12-page fashion spread for ZooZoom Magazine. Named One Of Latina Magazine's Latinas Of the Year, had a 9-page spread for Colures (U.K fashion Magazine), was featured in Trace (magazine): Model Behaviour as Falls new faces, has been on the covers and had spreads of over a dozen magazines such as Latina, Imagén, Hombre,[22] 6 Degrees, FN, ZooZoom, Fashion Salon Seventeen,[23] Urban Latino, Bleu, Vanidades,[24] Scene, JamRock, Splendor,[25] Time Out.[26] and Metrostyle Catalog.[27] She has also appeared in Lot29 Fall/Winter 07-08 and Spring/Summer 08 ad campaigns; she has had a total of four billboards in Times Square so far.[28] Also, she shares one of her Lot29 billboards in Times Square, New York with Katarzyna Dolinska.[29] Gonzalez shot an ad campaign for online retailer ShopBop, 8-page fashion spreads for both Scene Magazine and JamRock Magazine. She is also featured on the pages of Living Proof Magazine, American Salon Magazine and currently has an ad campaign with Marianne Stores.[26][30] Gonzalez has had an Ad Campaign for designer Cesar Galindo 's Spring 2008 Collection and appeared on the pages of Supermodels Unlimited Magazine twice for the August and September/October 2008 issues.[31] Gonzalez is also part of the "Heart On My Sleeve" clothing campaign by Aubrey O'Day.[32] Gonzalez is on the pages of YRB Magazine.[33] She has also been featured on COACD, and in Women's Wear Daily.[34] Gonzalez currently has nationwide campaigns with Garnier Nutrisse, and Southpole. In addition, Kett Cosmetics, Marianne Stores F/W 09, and Recession Denim F/W 09 campaigns. She has also been on the cover Nuovo Magazine. She has been on the cover of Nylon Mexico. In India, she has been in Marie Claire (June 2012), New Woman and Grazia. She was in the Celestino Couture 2017 Lookbook.
  • Brittany Hatch was signed with Beatrice International Models in Milan and with New York Model Management. She was in magazines such as South, DS and Twill. She was a model for tests shots by Sarah VonderHaar.
  • Felicia Provost used to be signed with Elite Model Management in Chicago. She was in Time Out Chicago and Brune magazine. She is now a dance teacher in Hong Kong.[35]
  • Jael Strauss used to be signed with Otto Models and also had her own clothing line with Hitch Couture. As of 2012, Strauss is reported to be battling methamphetamine addiction. Appearing on the Dr. Phil show on September 13, 2012, she discussed her struggle with addiction.[36] She has made a full recovery[37] and modeled for HeartWater and The Legging Project in 2017. In 2018, she is diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.
  • Sarah VonderHaar was signed with Elite Model Management in Chicago. She became a recording artist and had a debut album in 2008 called "Are You Listening Now"[38] with music videos for "I Got Sunshine"[39] and "All Mine".[40]
  • Dionne Walters was signed with Eye Candy Model Management. She was in magazines such as Kontrol, Upgrade and Ellements.
  • Cassandra Watson was signed with Look Model Agency in San Francisco and SMG Models in Seattle.[41]
  • Diana Zalewski continued her education, and did some test shots. She modeled for Skorch magazine in 2007.


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