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America's Next Top Model (cycle 12)
cycle 12 cast
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseMarch 4 (2009-03-04) – May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13)
Additional information
No. of contestants13
WinnerTeyona Anderson
All-starsAllison Harvard
Season summary

The twelfth cycle of America's Next Top Model premiered on March 4, 2009 and was the sixth season to air on The CW network. The cycle's catch phrase is "Get In The Fold." The cycle's promotional song is Lady Gaga's "The Fame".

The prizes for this cycle were:

The first half of the cycle took place in New York City, moving the show back from Los Angeles last season. The international destination for this cycle is São Paulo, Brazil, the series first visit to South America.

The number of girls was reduced to 13, the first time since cycle 9, after being maintained at 14 in the last two cycles. This was the last time Paulina Porizkova participated as judge.

The winner was 20-year-old Teyona Anderson from Woodstown, New Jersey. This season averaged 4.35 million viewers per episode.[1]


(ages stated are at start of contest)[2]

Contestant Age Hometown Finish Place
Isabella Falk 19 Barboursville, Virginia Episode 2 13
Jessica Santiago 18 Caguas, Puerto Rico Episode 3 12
Nijah Harris 18 Rancho Cucamonga, California Episode 4 11
Kortnie Coles 24 Houston, Texas Episode 5 10
Sandra Nyanchoka 19 Rockville, Maryland Episode 6 9
Tahlia Brookins 18 Phoenix, Arizona Episode 7 8
London Levi 18 Arlington, Texas Episode 9 7
Natalie Pack 19 Palos Verdes, California Episode 10 6
Fo Porter 19 Albuquerque, New Mexico Episode 11 5
Celia Ammerman 25 Cynthiana, Kentucky Episode 12 4
Aminat Ayinde 21 Union, New Jersey Episode 13 3
Allison Harvard 20 New Orleans, Louisiana 2
Teyona Anderson 20 Woodstown, New Jersey 1

Episode summaries[edit]

What Happens in Vegas[edit]

First aired March 4, 2009

34 semi-finalists arrived at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they were dressed up as "goddesses" and took a profile shot before showing off their walks. Later that night, Tyra arrived dressed up as the "Goddess of Fierce", and told the models that she was looking for a "successor."

Notable interviews included London revealing that she was a street preacher, Allison admitting that she was fascinated by blood, Natalie stating that she "never had to work a day in her life", Tahlia showing her burn scars, Kortnie telling the judges that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. used to be her boyfriend, Kathryn disappointing the panel for not knowing five working models, but then impressing them by citing three designers, and Monique confessing that she was a conspiracy theorist. In between interviews, Angelea revealed she had a daughter who died, and that she slept in the Port Authority Bus Terminal just so she could audition.

Later, a first cut was made, and 21 girls remained, each having to portray a certain goddess. During the shoot, Sandra and Angelea bickered, greatly affecting the latter's performance. Tyra then selected the final thirteen. When Tyra called the thirteenth girl (Sandra), Sandra bumped Angelea as an act of revenge for messing with her, disappointing the eliminated Angelea even further. A year later after the petite cycle was aired, Angelea re-auditioned for America's Next Top Model cycle 14 and successfully became the twelfth finalist to enter the cycle although was eliminated in 3rd/4th place with Alexandra Underwood. Angelea also returned for the third time as an All Stars contestant to the seventeenth cycle and was disqualified in the final three however several years later it was announced that Angelea was the original All Stars winner,

  • Featured photographer: Jessica Brooks

Fun and Games[edit]

First aired March 4, 2009

After a trip to the rooftop of the Empire State Building, Celia won a quiz and was handed the key to their new Top Model house and was chosen to select the first bed for herself. Sandra, placing her personal belongings onto Celia's chosen bed, stirred up conflict in the house until London gave up her own bed. In addition, Isabella discussed her epilepsy when London saw the large quantity of tablets Isabella had brought with her to the competition.

The ladies participated in their first fashion runway show for Abaeté where they had to portray either a bad girl or a good girl.

Role Models
Bad girl Allison, Aminat, Celia, Kortnie, Tahlia & Teyona
Good girl Fo, Isabella, Jessica, London, Natalie, Nijah & Sandra

Sandra only walked halfway on the runway, however never even realized it until judging. Tahlia's confidence was crushed when the designer dressed her up fully so as to cover up her scars.

They later headed to Central Park for their first photo shoot where they brought well-known childhood games to life, portraying "good girls" along with other models who portrayed "bad girls" with the photoshoot aiming to show how girls can grow up too quickly.

Model Childhood game
Allison Double Dutch
Aminat London Bridge
Celia Hula hoop
Fo Ring Around the Rosie
Isabella Dodgeball
Jessica Jacks
Kortnie Monkey bars
London Tug of war
Natalie Leapfrog
Nijah Musical chairs
Sandra Hide-and-go-seek
Tahlia Tag
Teyona Hopscotch

In judging, London's photo received unanimously great praise, mainly because she managed to smile wide without looking cheesy and because she found her photographer while also finding her light at the same time. However, her not-so-model presence at the judging panel dragged the judges' choice down a bit. Allison (called first during the call-out ceremony), Celia, Teyona, Fo, Nijah, Kortnie and Natalie also received praise, however Aminat, Sandra, Isabella, Tahlia, and Jessica struggled to make it work.

The bottom two came down to Sandra and Isabella. Despite Sandra being "the biggest disappointment to Miss. J" on the runway and taking a mediocre photo she was saved from the first elimination. Isabella who had a much weaker photo and presence was eliminated first despite having a strong runway walk and bubbly spirit. Isabella said during her elimination that although she "did not book this job", she was "going to go and get signed by an agency and get her career going".

  • First call-out: Allison Harvard
  • Bottom two: Isabella Falk & Sandra Nyanchoka
  • Eliminated: Isabella Falk
  • Featured photographer: Fadil Berisha
  • Special guest: Laura Poretzky

Do You Light The Way I Look?[edit]

First aired March 11, 2009

Allison was the first to have her picture displayed as digital art in the house as best photo of the previous week. Fo also stated that she really liked her photo. Aminat expressed her disappointment of Sandra surviving the first elimination over Isabella. Tyra Mail announced that it was time for makeovers. They arrived at Bergdorf Goodman where the two Jays were waiting for their makeovers; most of the girls were pleased by their new looks, but Fo was visibly affected by the loss of her hair and her presumed femininity. Natalie panicked about getting her hair chopped off, and the stylists humoured her fear, gathering around her and talking about cutting her hair off, very short. However, when Natalie was visibly upset they dropped the charade and told her that in a Top Model first, She was not getting a makeover; she was deemed to be sufficiently model-looking the way she was.

The next day, the girls were introduced to their first reward challenge. In teams of three, they had to search the streets of New York for a woman that embodied the spirit of Cover Girl and act as spokesmodels for the brand, as well as help her do her makeup.

Team Models Girl from street
1 Aminat, Celia & Sandra Lily
2 Fo, Kortnie & Teyona Lexi
3 Jessica, London & Tahlia Megan
4 Allison, Natalie & Nijah Alex

Team 1 won the reward of doing a photo shoot that will be displayed on, despite Sandra's limited contributions to the group. The girls went to a bar that night and Sandra caused tension with Aminat when she joked that Aminat could get drunk. Aminat behind the scenes said, "Keep it cute or put it on mute!".

The week's photo shoot required the girls to direct their own lighting using flashing light sticks. These are the groupings:

Group Models
1 Allison, Jessica, Nijah & Tahlia
2 Aminat, Celia, Kortnie & Sandra
3 Fo, London, Natalie & Teyona

Fo's discomfort over her makeover caused her to cry on set, disrupting the shoot. The judges were impressed by Teyona, Celia, Allison, London, and Natalie, but were disappointed with a large majority of the rest for lack of posing "tension." Despite a strong photo, Fo landed in the bottom two because the judges were concerned that she was unable to be a chameleon, however it was Jessica who was the second girl eliminated for being unable to translate her beauty into strong photos and for relying too much on being pretty.

  • First call-out: Teyona Anderson
  • Bottom two: Jessica Santiago & Fo Porter
  • Eliminated: Jessica Santiago
  • Featured photographer: Nigel Barker
  • Special guests: Nolé Marin, John Barrett, Elyssa Starkman

New York's Finest[edit]

First aired March 18, 2009

The 11 remaining models attended Miss J's Charm School to practice their runway walks. Cycle 9 contestants Bianca and Chantal were there to give advice to the girls. Back at the house, tension arose when Natalie claimed that Tahlia's picture last week was the worst in the entire group. Teyona received a new weave after Tyra admitted in the last panel that it wasn't what she wanted.

The girls were challenged to walk for Jill Stuart, wearing her Spring Collection and carrying large shopping bags. Celia and Natalie's walks stood out, and despite making a mistake by ungracefully twirling on the runway, Natalie won the challenge and received a selection of items from the Jill Stuart collection.

The photo shoot involved posing in groups as different characters in famous Manhattan locations:

Models Role and location
Allison & London Snobby socialites on Fifth Avenue
Aminat & Fo Stockbrokers on Wall Street
Celia & Sandra Nannies on the Upper East Side
Kortnie & Nijah Artists in SoHo
Natalie, Tahlia & Teyona Tourists in Times Square

Sandra impressed the judges with her stunning profile shot and received the first call-out. Celia, Aminat, Fo, Tahlia, London and Kortnie also impressed the judges having their photos being their best so far. Natalie and Teyona survived the bottom two. In the end, Allison, having disappointed the judges by over-analyzing her shot, landed in the bottom two with Nijah, whom the judges felt she was relying too much on being beautiful to get by in the competition. However, the judges felt Allison had more to give, and Nijah was the third girl eliminated.

  • First call-out: Sandra Nyanchoka
  • Bottom two: Allison Harvard & Nijah Harris
  • Eliminated: Nijah Harris
  • Featured photographer: Mike Rosenthal
  • Special guests: Jill Stuart, Ann Shoket, Bianca Golden, Chantal Jones
  • Top Model in Action: Bianca Golden (cycle 9)

Put Your Best Face Forward[edit]

First aired March 25, 2009

Toccara Jones of cycle 3 visited the girls for a slumber party, and taught them about making an impression with personality. The next day, the models were taught by Benny Ninja how to strike various poses with different genres of music. Most of the girls struggled at the teach, but Natalie and Celia stood out due to their creativity. Later that night the girls were challenged to a pose-off competition, where groups of girls faced off against each other and were judged based on the overall audience response to their individual performances. Celia and Natalie made it to the final round, however, Celia won the challenge and chose Allison to share the prize.

Tahlia's confidence was once again shattered because of the audience's negative reaction during her performance, and she considered quitting the competition. This sparked a series of reactions from some of the girls, especially Celia, who were shocked that she might move on instead of someone who wanted to win more than her.

The weeks's photo shoot had the girls portray old immigrants that traveled to Ellis Island with their families; Benny Ninja was pictured with the girls as the family father. The pictures were taken via old-fashioned cameras, and were thus black-and-white. Tahlia once again expressed her desire to quit in the make-up room, however at panel, her improvement impressed the judges and she received the first call-out. Teyona, Natalie, and Allison also received unanimous praise for their convincing performances conveyed on film. London, Aminat, Celia and Fo were also safe from elimination while Sandra and Kortnie landed in the bottom two. Despite Sandra's poor performance in the challenge and continual reliance on being beautiful and using profile shots to coast through the competition, was yet again spared elimination for her determination to win.

Right after Sandra was congratulated for making it to the top nine, Celia went to stand by Kortnie and told Tyra that "Tahlia did express that she did not want to be in this competition anymore and that she felt that this was not a wise career pathway option", and that she found it unfair to eliminate other girls with more passion while Tahlia, who did not even want to be there, continued to remain in the competition. However, Celia was rebutted by Tyra who said that what Celia was doing is unfair and that Tahlia should be the only person to express her own feelings. The judges' decision was final and couldn't be further altered. After Celia was asked to rejoin the other eight girls, Kortnie was still getting eliminated for not having the most striking portfolio despite her first photoshoot and being striking model in person and proving to Tyra that she can give a fierce look.

  • First call-out: Tahlia Brookins
  • Bottom two: Kortnie Coles & Sandra Nyanchoka
  • Eliminated: Kortnie Coles
  • Featured photographer: Brian Edwards
  • Special guests: Benny Ninja, David Blond, Phillipe Blond, Sky Nellor, Toccara Jones
  • Top Model in Action: April Wilkner (cycle 2)

Here's Your Test[edit]

First aired April 1, 2009

Celia's actions from previous week's judging panel after Kortnie's elimination continued to rock the house. After Sandra told Aminat, Teyona and Tahlia that Celia, Allison and Natalie were talking about Tahlia behind her back, there was a fight in the kitchen. Teyona asked Celia if she had "felt like fool" and Aminat also called Natalie "stupid" after Natalie told Tahlia that is a competition and that she and the other girls would try to send Tahlia home if this was not a career pathway for her.

The girls' challenge was to pose using face cut-outs in famous photos of Tyra Banks. Celia was criticised for focusing too much on her body, while London and Natalie excelled. Natalie was ultimately chosen as the winner, and she received 50% more frames at the next photo shoot as her prize. Back at the house later, Tahlia and Celia discussed the previous elimination, with Tahlia expressing her humiliation and disappointment in Celia's behavior. Celia said she did not regret saying whatever she said, however said humiliating Tahlia was not her intention and apologized, saying she felt sure she would be eliminated at panel.

This week's photo shoot saw the girls taking beauty shots using different colored powders.

Model Color
Allison Hot pink
Aminat Green
Celia Grey
Fo Red
London Blue
Natalie Orange
Sandra White
Tahlia Purple/violet
Teyona Yellow

At panel, the judges were impressed by Fo and Teyona's photos. Tahlia and Aminat also received positive feedback. Allison received a reprimand from panel for relying on one look in all of her photos and London, Natalie and Sandra were criticized for their lackluster photos. Despite taking amazing profile photos during this week's shoot, Nigel Barker insisted that a straight on shot for Sandra was selected as all her previous photos were not straight on. Celia was praised for embodying her color and for strong personal style, however the judges were disappointed about her controversial actions last panel after the call-out ceremony and before Kortnie had been dismissed. Ultimately Sandra and Celia landed in the bottom two; Sandra for being unable to take a strong front facial shot, and Celia for her "non-beautiful" doings last week. In the end, Celia's strong photos and personal style saved her from elimination, however she was warned to learn her lesson and not to "mess with another girl's money."[3] Sandra was eliminated in her third bottom two appearance, despite producing beautiful photos and having a strong modeling desire and potential.

  • First call-out: Fo Porter
  • Bottom two: Sandra Nyanchoka & Celia Ammerman
  • Eliminated: Sandra Nyanchoka
  • Featured photographer: Keith Major
  • Special guests: Beth Stern
  • Top Model in Action: Whitney Thompson (cycle 10)

Acting Like A Model[edit]

First aired April 8, 2009

The girls were taught acting skills by Paulina, which led them to act out a scene with Clay Aiken. Celia and London excelled, while Allison and Tahlia were criticized for holding back too much. London won the challenge, and $5,000 worth of clothing. However, she gave most of her prizes away as she felt she had gained weight and would not be able to fit in the clothes.

Instead of a photo shoot, the girls had a Cover Girl commercial with the aid of a teleprompter. They were split into two groups as follows:

Group Models
1 Teyona, Allison, Aminat & Celia
2 Fo, Natalie, London & Tahlia

At panel, all of the girls received criticism. Celia was praised again for her strong fashion sense although it was pointed out how much older she looked. Teyona was told she was not telegenic. Allison 's commercial was criticized, both for her one-note expressions and delivery. On the side Teyona was ordered to swap clothes with Allison, as she was wearing an outfit that she had worn before. Aminat was criticized for clipping words and London was told her performance was lazy. The judges additionally commented on London's weight gain during deliberation. Natalie was told she looked good on film, but was forgettable; Fo stuttered through her commercial and was told that she performed better in the background of other commercials. A similar criticism was also given to London. Tahlia struggled, with the judges commenting that she looked older than her years.

Ultimately, Celia redeemed herself from the last two weeks and received the first call-out for standing out in the batch of weak commercials. Allison and Tahlia landed in the bottom two, with Allison being told she was not versatile, and Tahlia that her low self-esteem held her back. With that, Allison was saved for the second time and Tahlia was eliminated in her only bottom two appearance.

  • First call-out: Celia Ammerman
  • Bottom two: Tahlia Brookins & Allison Harvard
  • Eliminated: Tahlia Brookins
  • Featured commercial director: Peter Chelkowski
  • Special guests: Clay Aiken, McKey Sullivan, Elyssa Starkman
  • Top Model in Action: Heather Kuzmich (cycle 9)

Cycle 12 Rewind[edit]

First aired April 10, 2009

This is the recap episode of cycle 12 that also features unaired clips from previous episodes. Such as an insight into Allison and Celia's friendship, Kortnie, Allison and Celia making a bird house, Celia gave her breakdown of the girls at casting, Allison having drawings (including a nose-bleeding Tyra), Celia imagining a montage of "sleeping Natalie" and Kortnie, Allison and Celia having a crying competition however Fo's incessant crying out shined all three girls.

Sandra was also featured a lot in a number of clips. She considered Angelea as a tough competition, repeated reiterated the fact that she was there to become America's Next Top Model, wanting to have Nijah eliminated, getting told she's not liked by Jessica, feeling misunderstood by the other girls, disapproving of Aminat and Teyona stripping on the runway, broke down during Toccara's visit of her being picked on when she was younger, reacting to Celia's judging disruptions of Tahlia not wanting to compete during Kortnie's elimination in front of Allison, Celia, London and Natalie, shouting at Allison in the same scene for not listening to her then letting Celia know that Sandra thinks she acts so immature for a 25 year old.

  • Top Model in Action: Claire Unabia (cycle 10)

Take Me To The Photo Shoot[edit]

First aired April 15, 2009

The week's reward challenge had the girls become the creative directors of their competitors' photo shoots as they take pictures for a South Pole Junior advert. Allison impressed Jay with her bubbly personality for the first time, while Aminat's laid back attitude infuriated him as she used too much time on wardrobe and only had four minutes to get Natalie on set. Celia gave good direction but selected a picture where Fo's shoes were cropped out. Teyona's creativity amazed Jay and she was chosen as the winner, and got the opportunity to appear in the June issue of Seventeen magazine, which she shared with Aminat and Celia.

The next morning, Jay visited the girls at their own house and brought in the entire Tyra Banks "glam squad (occasionally featured in some of Tyra's talk show episodes)." R&B superstar Ciara arrived at this week's photo shoot, and the girls had to portray crazed fans of the star tangled up in wires. While Teyona, Fo and Natalie excelled in the shoot, Aminat and Allison struggled to deliver a shot. London's weight gain was too obvious to be ignored, and Jay discussed it with her after her photo shoot, telling her that while she was way too small for plus-size modeling she should watch her eating habits to continue to fit in sample sizes.

A male model appeared at the beginning of panel speaking Portuguese and presented Tyra with a bowl of Brazil nuts, leading her to tell the girls that the six models to survive elimination would be going to São Paulo, Brazil for the rest of the competition. Teyona received the first call out while Aminat and London ended up in the bottom two, each for the first time; Aminat for her bland shot and dead facial expression, and London for not using her conventional beauty well in her photo and for her recent weight gain. In the end, London was eliminated.

  • First call-out: Teyona Anderson
  • Bottom two: Aminat Ayinde & London Levi
  • Eliminated: London Levi
  • Featured photographers: James Wade, Mike Ruiz
  • Special guests: Ann Shoket, Ciara
  • Top Model in Action: Bre Scullark (cycle 5)

The Amazing Model Race[edit]

First aired April 22, 2009

Upon arrival in São Paulo, Brazil, the remaining six contestants were greeted by Brazil's Next Top Model host Fernanda Motta and raced in pairs to deliver flowers to Helô Pinheiro, "The Girl from Ipanema." Natalie and Fo were the first to arrive and they received US$500 pairs of jeweled Havaiana flip flops as well as the keys to their new home.

The following day, the girls learned the martial art of Capoeira and Celia accidentally kicked Aminat in the face during practice. They were then challenged to perform while attempting to produce a good photograph. Most girls struggled, such as Celia who repeatedly blocked her face, Teyona who did capoeira more than she modeled, and Natalie who didn't push through. Fo's photo was chosen as the best, granting her 50% more frames during the next photo shoot while another contestant of her choice would lose 50%. Fo, still annoyed that Teyona did not choose her to share in her reward during the previous episode, chose Teyona to lose half of her frames. Back at the house Fo and Teyona had a fight due to Teyona losing half her frames with Fo saying the "now the feeling of what its like is known and its a taste of one's own medicine".

For the week's photo shoot, the models embodied Brazilian icon Carmen Miranda. Allison surprised Jay with her creativity and Teyona did an incredible job, even though she only had 25 shots. On the other hand, Fo failed to deliver a shot with Jay pointing out that Fo was interpreting the Brazilian icon so greatly that she lost her model sense.

At panel, Allison's photo received universal praise for her successful embodiment of the icon and Teyona was told she looked like a model but not much like Carmen. Teyona's wardrobe at panel was also criticize, while Celia's photo was chastised for not looking fresh. In the end, Natalie was dropped to the bottom two, for constantly delivering only moderate pictures, along with Aminat for her lack of expressions in her photos. Shockingly, Natalie was sent home despite a better picture, and Aminat was spared again.

  • First call-out: Allison Harvard
  • Bottom two: Natalie Pack & Aminat Ayinde
  • Eliminated: Natalie Pack
  • Featured photographers: Paschoal Rodriguez, Daniel Klajmic
  • Special guests: Fernanda Motta, Helô Pinheiro
  • Top Model in Action: Eva Pigford (cycle 3)

Let's Go See The City[edit]

First aired April 29, 2009

The girls met Paulo Borges (the director of São Paulo Fashion Week) and Fabienne Muzy (the translator) before being sent out on go-sees throughout the city of São Paulo where five designers awaited them. Despite a high fashion portfolio, Allison's runway walk was criticized. Aminat's walk was heralded as great whilst Teyona was praised for her face and personality. Fo managed to see all five designers but was chastised heavily for her height and looking too commercial. Celia's age did not sit well with one designer, but compensated for her graceful, elegance walk and sense of style.

After all five girls were in the room, Vanessa Da Silveira (Paulo Borges assistant) came in to announce that "Mr. Borges will not be able to be here, but he asked Vanessa to bring the girls back to São Paulo Fashion Week headquarters". The girls were taken to the rooftop and as "time is of the essence" they were going to fly by helicopter to meet Paulo Borges. On the rooftop, Vanessa shouted at Celia and Fo for being late from their go-sees (Celia by only one minute and Fo by twelve minutes)and both of them were disqualified from the challenge. Furthermore, they were also sent downstairs to collect a taxi. Allison, Aminat and Teyona followed Vanessa into the helicopter on their journey to meet Paulo Borges and Fabienne Muzy back at the fashion week headquarters where Teyona won the challenge as she was booked by all three of her go-sees, and won clothes from each designer.

Model Designers visited Go-sees booked End result
Allison 4 out of 5 1 out of 4 Eligible to win
Aminat 3 out of 5 2 out of 3 Eligible to win
Celia 4 out of 5 3 out of 4 Late - disqualified
Fo 5 out of 5 0 out of 5 Late - disqualified
Teyona 3 out of 5 3 out of 3 Challenge winner

For this week's photo shoot, the girls had to pose in small, high fashion swimsuits while standing out on a crowded beach of locals and tourists in Santos. Allison was unanimously praised for being able to connect with her surroundings whilst Teyona was noted for being able to understand her angles. Aminat failed to use the potential in her body with her shot coming out stiff, whilst Fo's shot made her look even shorter. Celia, despite again lauded for her strong personal style, was lambasted for being overly-rehearsed during her shoot.

Celia and Fo landed in the bottom two for the second time each as they had something "that the modeling industry looks at as not being right". Celia for starting out at 25 years old, thinking too much beforehand and delivering an unsatisfactory photo, and Fo for looking even shorter in her photos and booking none of her go sees. In the end, Celia's previous strong shots and personal style won the judges over, and Fo was eliminated.

  • First call-out: Teyona Anderson
  • Bottom two: Fo Porter & Celia Ammerman
  • Eliminated: Fo Porter
  • Featured photographer: Nigel Barker
  • Special guests: Paulo Borges, Fabienne Muzy, Adriana Degreas, Caio Campos, Clo Orozco, Cris Barros, Oskar Metsavaht, Adriana Bozon, Vanessa Da Silveira, Adrianne Curry
  • Top Model in Action: Samantha Potter (cycle 11)

Take Me To The Jungle[edit]

First Aired: May 6, 2009

The girls arrived at Águia de Ouro and met Paulina where they learned the steps in samba dance. The next day, they were put to the test and had to create an illusion of having a good time through the dance they learned. Celia managed to relax her face and delivered a convincing performance, winning her jewelry from Ara Vartanian worth over $7,000, which she shared with Allison.

For the week's photo shoot, the girls traveled to the Brazilian jungle where they were dressed as exotic birds sitting in their nests, with Tyra herself as the photographer. Allison's composure on set got praise and Celia was lauded for looking fresh and being creative. On the other hand, Aminat's inability to use her face to catch the light impeded her performance[4] while Teyona struggled against various elements (rain & darkness) during her photo shoot, causing Tyra to have difficulty in shooting her as well.

At panel, Allison's photo earned her a first call-out as it was unanimously and greatly praised from the judges. The rest of the girls were also praised for the photos as well. After Teyona's name was called second, Celia and Aminat appeared in the bottom two for the third time each. Although Celia was deemed to have a better portfolio, the judges were concerned that her face may be "too mature for the modeling industry". While Aminat was again saved for the third time, Celia was the tenth girl eliminated.

  • First call-out: Allison Harvard
  • Bottom two: Celia Ammerman & Aminat Ayinde
  • Eliminated: Celia Ammerman
  • Featured photographer: Tyra Banks
  • Special guests: Juliana Leite, Eduardo Ramos, Ara Vartanian, Ann Shoket
  • Top Model in Action: Yaya DaCosta (cycle 3)

America's Next Top Model Is...[edit]

First aired May 13, 2009

The final three shot their CoverGirl commercials. Aminat was criticized for her lack of facial expression on film but her overall commercial was deemed the best by panel. Allison forgot her lines but managed to deliver a convincing commercial, while Teyona's nerves took their toll on her as she fumbled through her lines. Afterward, the girls shot their CoverGirl print ad.

Allison was called first for her ability to capture her beauty in a photo due to her stunning picture, despite her average but believable commercial. Aminat's inability to photograph with facial variety disappointed the judges once more, though her commercial was the strongest of the three. Teyona's photo granted her praise once again because she managed to appear sultry and maintain commercial appeal, but she was lambasted for her uninspiring performance in her CoverGirl commercial. Aminat's inconsistent portfolio and Teyona's dismal commercial landed then in the bottom two. However the judges deemed Teyona's portfolio was stronger, thus eliminating Aminat in her fourth bottom two appearance.

  • First call-out: Allison Harvard
  • Bottom two: Aminat Ayinde & Teyona Anderson
  • Eliminated: Aminat Ayinde
  • Featured photographer: Jim De Yonker
  • Featured commercial director: Jay Manuel

The final two shot their Seventeen magazine cover tries where they both excelled and impressed Ann Shoket. Later, for their final performance, Allison and Teyona arrived at Ibirapuera Auditorium for competed in a Rosa Chá swimsuit fashion show where they had to strut a sultry walk, dance in samba movement and crawl provocatively at the end of the show. Cycle 11 winner McKey Sullivan joined the girls for the show.

At panel, Allison was commended for her significant improvements throughout the competition as well as for her strong walk, which also improved immensely from being the worst of the bunch. Teyona's walk was criticized for looking somewhat robotic, though she was still praised for her stellar photos. The judges felt that both finalists had their own strengths; Teyona was lauded for her versatile portfolio that translated into booking ability, creativity during photo shoots, and genuine personality while Allison's high fashion and editorial look could book her international fashion shows.

The girls were called back, and Tyra announced Teyona as the twelfth winner of America's Next Top Model.

  • Final two: Allison Harvard & Teyona Anderson
  • America's Next Top Model: Teyona Anderson
  • Featured photographer: Nigel Barker
  • Special guests: Amir Slama, McKey Sullivan, Maíra Vieira, Fernanda Motta, Ann Shoket
  • Top Model in Action: Fatima Siad (cycle 10)

Cycle 12 Finale Party (Reunion)[edit]

The reunion aired May 13, 2009 on The Tyra Banks Show and was the third one after cycles 5 and 10. It was graduation themed and all the girls (except for Sandra, who didn't attend) wore bikinis. The girls were voted yearbook-style as follows:

Model Yearbook Title
Allison Most likely to star in a Twilight movie
Aminat Most "banging" body
Celia "Fiercest" personal style
Fo Most likely to be on a "Guess my race" show
London Most likely to bring a bible on a date
Natalie Most likely to be mistaken for a Gossip Girl

Various girls were interviewed after their vote was revealed. Fo revealed she had met her father, whom she didn't know was black until she was six and coined the phrase "blaxican" at 12. Celia got her one featurette about her personal style and London went on to preach on the streets of New York City. Tyra also discussed Allison's nosebleeding picture of her and Tyra made a montage of her and Robert Pattinson. Natalie revealed she suffered from panic attacks and hypochondria.

Tyra brought a general from the US Army to discuss her positive impact on burnt soldiers and Tahlia did a shoot with a burnt soldier and another burn survivor where they displayed their scars. It was also revealed that Tahlia had become pregnant since the taping of the show. Then elderly people reenacted memorable scenes introduced by Bianca Golden from cycle 9. Those included Fo's haircut, Celia's rebellion against Tyra and Natalie's and Aminat's face off. Celia said that all things were settled between her and Tahlia and when Tyra said "Don't mess with a girl's money", Celia joked back that Tahlia was messing with hers.

The show ended with Tyra revealing that two contestants had been offered a contract with Nous Model Management by Kenya Knight which were revealed on her show's website as being Allison and Fo.


Call-out order[edit]

Tyra's call-out order
Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13
1 Aminat Allison Teyona Sandra Tahlia Fo Celia Teyona Allison Teyona Allison Allison Teyona
2 Natalie Fo Celia Aminat Teyona Teyona Natalie Fo Teyona Allison Teyona Teyona Allison
3 Fo Teyona Allison Tahlia Allison Tahlia Teyona Natalie Fo Aminat Aminat Aminat
4 Allison London Natalie Fo Natalie Aminat Fo Celia Celia Celia Celia
5 Tahlia Celia London Celia London Allison London Allison Aminat Fo
6 Celia Nijah Nijah London Aminat Natalie Aminat Aminat Natalie
7 Nijah Kortnie Tahlia Kortnie Celia London Allison London
8 London Natalie Sandra Teyona Fo Celia Tahlia
9 Teyona Aminat Kortnie Natalie Sandra Sandra
10 Kortnie Tahlia Aminat Allison Kortnie
11 Isabella Jessica Fo Nijah
12 Jessica Sandra Jessica
13 Sandra Isabella
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant won the competition
  • In episode 1, the group of 21 girls was reduced to 13 that would move on to the main competition. This first call-out does not reflect their performance that first week.
  • Episode 8 was the recap episode

Photo Shoot Guide[edit]

  • Episode 1 photo shoot (casting): Goddess profile/type of goddess
  • Episode 2 photo shoot: Childhood games
  • Episode 3 photo shoot: Lighting oneself in a warehouse
  • Episode 4 photo shoot: Couture New York City sight-seeing
  • Episode 5 photo shoot: Ellis Island immigrants
  • Episode 6 photo shoot: Beauty shots evoking different colors
  • Episode 7 Commercial: CoverGirl micro mineral foundation
  • Episode 9 photo shoot: Crazed Ciara fans tangled in wires
  • Episode 10 photo shoot: Embodying Carmen Miranda on a Favella
  • Episode 11 photo shoot: Swimsuits on a tourist beach
  • Episode 12 photo shoot: Exotic birds
  • Episode 13 photo shoot & Commercial: CoverGirl outlast lipstain print ad and commercial & Seventeen Magazine covers


  • Allison - Wavy blonde extensions
  • Aminat - Naomi Campbell inspired wavy weave
  • Celia - Cut short and dyed platinum blonde
  • Fo - Pixie cut
  • Jessica - Cut to shoulder length, red highlights and volumized
  • Kortnie - Shoulder length cut and dyed mahogany red
  • London - Agyness Deyn inspired cropped hair and dyed platinum blonde
  • Natalie - No makeover
  • Nijah - Wavy black weave
  • Sandra - Bleached blonde and cut shorter
  • Tahlia - Golden blonde wavy weave
  • Teyona - Jheri curl weave; later, big curly weave

Post-Top Model careers[edit]


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