Australia's Next Top Model (cycle 5)

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Australia's Next Top Model (cycle 5)
Australia's Next Top Model Cycle 5.png
Cycle 5 contestants
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 11
Original network Fox8
Original release

28 April (2009-04-28) – 7 July 2009 (2009-07-07)

Additional information
No. of contestants 13
Winner Tahnee Atkinson
Cycle chronology
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Cycle 4
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Cycle 6
Series summary

The fifth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model premiered on 28 April 2009 on Fox8. Auditions were held during October and November 2008 across Australia, and production of the prerecorded episodes began in January 2009 and concluded in March 2009. Model and television personality Sarah Murdoch took over as the host for this cycle, replacing Jodhi Meares, and joining incumbent judges Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson. Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Maybelline replaced the previous cycles’ regular sponsors, Vogue and Napoleon Perdis.

The prizes for this cycle included a one-year modelling contract with Priscilla's Model Management in Sydney, a A$25,000 trip for two to New York City paid by Maybelline, a position as the face of Maybelline’s new colour collection, an eight-page spread in Harper's Bazaar Australia and A$20,000 courtesy of U by Kotex.

The winner of the competition was 17-year-old Tahnee Atkinson from North Fremantle, Western Australia.



(Ages stated are at start of contest.)

Contestant Age Height Hometown Finish Place
Laura Tyrie 18 172 cm (5 ft 7 12 in) Perth Episode 1 13
Leah Johnsen 18 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Oakleigh Episode 2 12
Georgie Kidman 16 177 cm (5 ft 9 12 in) Castlemaine Episode 3 11
Mikarla Hussey 18 172 cm (5 ft 7 12 in) Wollongong Episode 4 10–9
Eloise Hoile 20 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Glenunga
Madison Wall 17 172 cm (5 ft 7 12 in) Wurtulla Episode 5 8
Laura Mitchell 20 176 cm (5 ft 9 12 in) Ocean Reef Episode 6 7
Lola Van Vorst 20 181 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Newport Episode 7 6
Franky Okpara 18 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Wanneroo Episode 8 5
Adele Thiel 18 181 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Hornsby Episode 9 4
Clare Venema 16 177 cm (5 ft 9 12 in) Bridgewater Episode 10 3
Cassi Van Den Dungen 16 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Sunbury Episode 11 2
Tahnee Atkinson 16 174 cm (5 ft 8 12 in) North Fremantle 1


  • Sarah Murdoch (host)
  • Charlotte Dawson
  • Alex Perry

Other cast members[edit]

  • Jonathan Pease – style director, model mentor


No. in
Title Original air date
40 1 "A Fashion Baptism of Fire" 28 April 2009 (2009-04-28)

The final 13 arrived at a surprise A-list press conference and runway show, for which the best performer was granted immunity from elimination. After moving into their new home, the contestants had a couture swimwear photo shoot at Sydney Olympic Park.

  • Special guests: Charlie Brown, Wayne Cooper, Collette Dinigan, Samantha Downie, Alexandra Girdwood, Lisa Hensley, Jordan Loukas, Demelza Reveley
  • Featured photographer: Georges Antoni
41 2 "Let's Get Physical" 5 May 2009 (2009-05-05)

The contestants had a session with a nutritionist to learn about portion sizes and healthy eating before heading to a gym to learn about fitness. This was followed by a gymnastics challenge in which the winner was given the chance to attend the Sydney Ballet with host Sarah Murdoch. The models later had to pose on a trapeze in a photo shoot for Cosmopolitan, for which the eight best photos would be chosen to run in an editorial for the magazine.

  • Special guests: Bronwyn McCahon, Dr. Joanna McMillan Price, Dasha Joura, Lucinda Dunn, Aisha Ashe
  • Featured photographer: Ellen Dahl
42 3 "Makeover Meltdown" 12 May 2009 (2009-05-12)

The contestants received makeovers and met Maybelline makeup artists Nigel Stanislaus for a makeup lesson. They were then challenged to perform in a commercial for Maybelline with lines of their own, and drama ensued after Lola stole one of Cassi's lines. For the photo shoot, the models were photographed in simplistic beauty shots to showcase their natural beauty.

  • Special guests: Joh Bailey, Nigel Stanislaus, Michael Joy
  • Featured photographer: Bec Parsons
43 4 "Runway Hell" 19 May 2009 (2009-05-19)

The remaining contestants received a runway lesson from Mink Sadowsky. They were later sent to a fruit market, and had to walk on the back of a truck in front of market workers to win a shopping spree valued at $10,000. For the photo shoot the models had to pose in a campaign for U by Kotex, with the best photo being chosen as one of the brands new advertisements.

  • Special guests: Mink Sadowsky, Monty Noble, Joh Bailey
  • Featured photographer: Kane Skennar
44 5 "Diamonds and the Desert" 26 May 2009 (2009-05-26)

After a fake farm photo shoot that tested their professionalism, the models were challenged to pose with props made of ice while wearing Cerrone Jewellery. The winner of the challenge received an 18 carat $2,000 necklace, and as a result of mounting stress, Cassi contemplated leaving the competition. The models later travelled to South Australia, where they visited the remote town of Parachilna for a lingerie photo shoot in the Outback.

  • Special guests: Justin Spittle, Phillip Boon, Reuben Dabrow
  • Featured photographer: Russell James
45 6 "Cruising the Catwalk" 2 June 2009 (2009-06-02)

The final 7 were taken to the offices of Harper's Bazaar to learn more about fashion trends and styling, and participated in a casting challenge for judge Alex Perry and one of his consultants to attend his upcoming show on board the Queen Mary 2. The models later received visits from their mothers, before having a photo shoot on a rickety pylon for Chanel.

  • Special guests: Claudia Navone
  • Featured photographer: Richard Freeman
46 7 "Media Virgins" 9 June 2009 (2009-06-09)

The contestants were briefed on dealing with the media spotlight, and had a challenge for V Australia in which they had to learn a variety of lines to promote the newest Virgin Airline. The photo shoot had the models jumping from a trampoline, with the photos from the shoot to be auctioned off on the Australia's Next Top Model website to help support Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. They later attended Hugos Lounge for a Fashion Targets Breast Cancer charity event, and had to model the outfits they wore at the photo shoot to encourage fashion A-Listers to bid on their gowns.

  • Special guests: Ruby Rose, Mink Sadowsky
  • Featured photographers: Denis Montalbetti, Gay Campbell
47 8 "Tears and Emotion" 16 June 2009 (2009-06-16)

The contestants arrived at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts for an acting lesson and had an audition for a nationwide Telstra commercial. For the photo shoot the models were taken to Fox Studios, where they had to pose with Ford models from different decades as they portrayed various style icons.

  • Special guests: Sharon Zhai, Mark Gaal, Ana Maria Belo, Adrian Hayward, Chantal Walker
  • Featured photographer: Paul Westlake
48 9 "London's Calling" 23 June 2009 (2009-06-23)

The final four were flown to London and met former Britain's Next Top Model judge Gerry DeVeaux for a shopping tour of the city, before being introduced to supermodel Elle Macpherson. They later had go-sees with agents at Storm Model Management and Premier Model Management, before taking part in a sight-seeing photo shoot in the streets of London.

  • Special guests: Gerry DeVeaux, Elle Macpherson, Sarah Doukas, Anthony Gordon, Carole White, Alice Burdeu
  • Featured photographer: Robert Astley Sparke
49 10 "The Final Three" 30 June 2009 (2009-06-30)

The final three met Priscilla Leighton-Clarke and Sarah Murdoch at Priscilla’s Model Management, and were told that they would be attending castings for Australian Fashion Week. The best performer was rewarded with a trip to Broome. The contestants later arrived at Garie Beach, Royal National Park for a photo shoot session with Jez Smith in which they had to work both individually and as a team. At panel, the judges decided on the two contestants who would advance into the live finale.

  • Special guests: Wayne Cooper, Nicola Finetti, Doll Wright, Kim Marks, Priscilla Leighton-Clarke
  • Featured photographer: Jez Smith
50 11 "Live Finale" 7 July 2009 (2009-07-07)

The eliminated contestants returned and later reunited with the final two in a runway show. The finalists then had a look back at their individual journey throughout the cycle. The judges cast their votes for each of the finalists, and after adding the fan vote to the judge's vote, Tahnee was crowned as the fifth winner of Australia's Next Top Model.

  • Special guests: Jessica Mauboy, Russell James, Claudia Navone, Priscilla Leighton-Clarke, Ruby Rose, Brüno, Tiaan Williams


Order Episodes
1[a] 2 3 4[b] 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1 Franky Laura M. Tahnee Adele Clare Adele Tahnee Clare Clare Tahnee Tahnee
2 Cassi Cassi Eloise Franky Adele Clare Clare Tahnee Cassi Cassi Cassi
3 Tahnee Clare Cassi Tahnee Tahnee Tahnee Cassi Cassi Tahnee Clare
4 Eloise Franky Clare Madison Cassi Lola Adele Adele Adele
5 Clare Mikarla Franky Lola Franky Cassi Franky Franky
6 Mikarla Adele Laura M. Laura M. Lola Franky Lola
7 Lola Tahnee Lola Clare Laura M. Laura M.
8 Madison Madison Adele Cassi Madison
9 Laura M. Lola Madison Eloise
10 Georgie Eloise Mikarla
11 Leah Georgie Georgie
12 Adele Leah
13 Laura T.
     The contestant was immune from elimination
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant won the competition


Before the cycle premiered, there was controversy over a number of issues.

Sixteen-year-old Cassi Van Den Dungen was criticised for being a "proud bogan and smoker" with her mother in support, having to take anger-management classes to control her temper whilst participating in the series, and for being engaged and living with a 25-year-old bricklayer. She also received backlash from Hume City Council mayor Jack Ogilvie over comments in which she described her hometown of Sunbury as "like a ghetto", with the mayor stating that Van Den Dungen was a "very immature, silly little girl" and that "she owes Sunbury an apology. I wonder if she knows what a ghetto is. Sunbury is far from being a ghetto, far from it."[1]

Eighteen-year-old Mikarla Hussey's appearance initially shocked host Sarah Murdoch. In the second episode, a nutritionist assisted the contestants with healthy eating, weight management and lifestyle choices. Mikarla initially weighed 50 kg (110 lb) before production began. After her swimsuit photo shoot showed off her technically unhealthy body, she was forced to put on weight.[2][3]

Lola Van Vorst was involved in a nude photo scandal, involving pictures taken by an ex-boyfriend.[4]

On 6 June 2009, it was revealed that Clare Venema, Adele Thiel and Tahnee Atkinson had previous professional modelling experience that had not been disclosed during the show.[5]


  1. ^ In episode 1, Franky won immunity from elimination after winning the reward challenge.
  2. ^ Episode 4 featured a double elimination with the bottom three contestants being in danger of elimination.


  1. ^ "Sunbury ghetto - Australia's Next Top Model's Cassi Van Den Dungen". Herald Sun. 24 April 2009. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Clune, Richard (26 April 2009). "Gain weight, teen model ordered – Mikarla has since given birth to a baby boy.url=,27574,25386422-5006009,00.html". The Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ Tsitouris, Helen; Dennehy, Luke (26 April 2009). "Too-skinny girls are out, says Sarah Murdoch". The Courier Mail. Archived from the original on 28 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Top model Lola Van Vorst not bothered by topless shots". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 8 June 2009. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Australia's Next Top Model Producers Hide Modeling Experience of Finalists". The Hot Hits. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 

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