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America's Next Top Model (season 1)
Cycle 1 cast
No. of contestants10
WinnerAdrianne Curry
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes9
Original networkUPN
Original releaseMay 20 (2003-05-20) –
July 15, 2003 (2003-07-15)
Season chronology
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List of America's Next Top Model episodes

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 ten finalists. All later cycles have featured at least twelve finalists. The international destination for the cycle was Paris, France.[4] The winner of the competition was 20-year-old Adrianne Curry from Joliet, Illinois. Her prizes were a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models, a photo spread in Marie Claire magazine, and a contract with Revlon cosmetics.[5]


(ages stated are at start of contest)

Contestant Age Height Hometown Finish Place
Tessa Carlson[6] 19 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Chicago, Illinois Episode 1 10
Katie Cleary[7] 21 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m) Glenview, Illinois Episode 2 9
Nicole Panattoni[8] 22 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Murrieta, California Episode 3 8
Ebony Haith[9] 24 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Bronx, New York Episode 4 7
Giselle Samson[10] 18 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Corona, California Episode 5 6
Kesse Wallace[11] 21 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m) North Little Rock, Arkansas Episode 6 5
Robin Manning[12] 26 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Memphis, Tennessee Episode 7 4
Elyse Sewell[13] 20 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Albuquerque, New Mexico Episode 9 3
Shannon Stewart[14] 18 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Franklin, Ohio 2
Adrianne Curry[15] 20 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Joliet, Illinois 1


No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"The Girl Who Wants It Bad"May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20)

Twenty semifinalists, 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 Ebony winning best photo and Tessa becoming the first model eliminated from the competition.

  • Featured photographer: Douglas Bizzaro and Elizabeth Moss
22"The Girl is Here to Win, Not Make Friends"May 27, 2003 (2003-05-27)

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.

  • Featured photographer: Barry Hollywood
  • Special guests: Wyclef Jean
33"The Girl Who Gets Rushed to the Emergency Room"June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)

The eight remaining finalists were given makeovers. They had a challenge on applying makeup, 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.

  • Featured photographer: Troy Ward
  • Special guests: Kim Lepine, Jon Silverman, Max Tucci, Janice Combs, Constance White, and Derek Kahn
44"The Girl Who Drives Everyone Crazy"June 10, 2003 (2003-06-10)

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.

  • Featured commercial director: Loren Haynes
  • Special guests: Jon Silverman, Alice Spivak, and Tracy Staus
55"The Girl Who Everyone Thinks is Killing Herself"June 17, 2003 (2003-06-17)

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.

  • Featured photographer: Daniel Garriga
  • Special guests: Cindy Berger, Jon Silverman, Clinton Portis, Christine Curry, Martin Crandall, Derek Kahn, and Steve Santagati
66"The Girl Who Deals With a Pervert"June 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)

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.

  • Featured photographer: Michel Haddi
  • Special guests: Pink, Brad Pinkert, Emma Mackie, and Marilyn Gauthier
77"The Girls Get Really Naked"July 1, 2003 (2003-07-01)

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.

  • Featured photographers: Tyra Banks and Patrick Katzman
  • Special guests: Pascal Millet and Derek Khan
88"How the Girls Got Here"July 8, 2003 (2003-07-08)
This episode was an overview of the past seven episodes of the cycle which featured previously unseen footage.
99"The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model"July 15, 2003 (2003-07-15)

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

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

  • Special guest: Drew Lineham


Call-out order[edit]

Order Episodes
1[a] 2 3 4 5 6 7[b] 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 won the challenge
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant won the competition
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ In episode 7, Robin and Shannon did not participate in the photo shoot.

Average call-out order[edit]

Casting call-out order and final two are not included.

Rank by
Place Model Call-out
Number of
1 3 Elyse 24 8 3.00
2 2 Shannon 25 3.13
3 1 Adrianne 26 3.25
4 5 Kesse 21 6 3.50
5 4 Robin 33 7 4.71
6 6 Giselle 26 5 5.20
7 7 Ebony 21 4 5.25
8 8 Nicole 16 3 5.33
9 9 Katie 14 2 7.00
10 10 Tessa 10 1 10.00

Photo shoot guide[edit]

  • 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-and-white beauty shots, nude campaign for Merit Diamond


  • Nicole – Extensions trimmed and straightened
  • Ebony – Tuft shaved off
  • Giselle – Layered and dyed red
  • Kesse – Long honey blonde extensions a la Tyra Banks circa 1992
  • Robin – Weave removed and light brown weave added
  • Elyse – Pixie cut
  • Shannon – Long bleached extensions
  • Adrianne – Weave with bangs

Critical Reception[edit]

Cycle 1 has received positive reviews from critics. Despite its low budget, E. Alex Jung commentened how this worked to the show’s advantage, praising how Tyra “wanted to reflect the reality of life as a working model” and acknowledging that “there was something about the low production value that reflected that simple truth.” He also praised it in comparison to other seasons of America’s Next Top Model, commentening how “ANTM’s first season felt like a glimpse into how fashion actually worked” whereas later seasons “became campier, more ludicrous, and vaguely surreal”. Jung also states that Cycle 1 “was the only season where the contestants didn’t readily buy into the project” and commended the season for respecting their decisions, such as when Shannon and Robin refused to pose nude.[16]

Margaret Lyons also praised the season, describing is as “impeachable” and “one of the best seasons, debut or otherwise, that any reality show has ever had”. She argued that “ANTM helped usher in the era of profession-based reality contest shows” but viewed it more positively compared to the rest of America’s Next Top Model’s seasons, commenting how “nothing has ever quite lived up to the perfection of season one” and how “the grossness of Tyra’s constant idiotic catchphrases, and the repetitiveness of the challenges (have) eventually eroded my passion for the series”.[17]

Post–Top Model careers[edit]

  • Tessa Carlson modeled for Noah Kalina and Joey Quintero.
  • Katie Cleary has worked 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 How to Get Away with Murder, Chuck, The Break-Up, The Lake House, and Iron Man 2.[18]
  • Adrianne Curry although not receiving her contracts Revlon and Wilhelmina[19], she has still modelled 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,[20] 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.[21]
  • 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,[22] finishing in sixth place.


After winning Cycle 1, Adrianne Curry was meant to receive a contract with Revlon and Wilhelmina Models, but she never received it. America’s Next Top Model and Tyra Banks ignored her when she contacted them about the issue,[23] and Curry was subsequently erased from the show[24], with Curry not being featured on the show again after Cycle 2. She was not being featured in the opening credits for Cycles 7, 8 or 9 alongside the other previous winners of America’s Next Top Model,[25] although she was mentioned in Cycle 20, as part of a challenge.


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