‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestants Who Made It Big

The reality competition show has had many contestants try to prove their modeling skills. That includes posing, acting in commercials, and of course, having a killer runway walk. However, the true secret to the show’s long-running success is Tyra Banks who brought a lot of personality and new words like “smizing” to pop culture. Now the show is back so it’ll be interesting to see what new challenges and contestants we’ll see.

Rita Ora is the host for the new show and that’s not all that’s changed. “We basically wanted to turn it into the 2016 version,” Ora told CNN, “knowing that the stars of today are social media celebrities. If you take the Gigis and the Bellas and the Kendalls — they really created something special on the internet and that’s just where our world is going right now.”

Over the show’s past seasons there have been many winners and losers. Some have been able to make great careers for themselves in acting, modeling, and more. So now it’s time to look back on those models who were able to make something out of their time on the show. Here are the 10 contestants who made it big.

1. Yaya DaCosta

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Yaya DaCosta on America’s Next Top Model | UPN

On Cycle 3 of the show, Yaya rocked her natural hair and was really proud of her Brazilian and African heritage. Sometimes this singled her out and she was criticized for it. One judge called her “over-bearing” and she was accused of trying to prove her “Africaness.” However, she preserved and did very well on the show even if she didn’t win. After that she appeared in advertisements for Garnier Fructis, Oil of Olay, and more.

Now she’s an actress getting steady work! She was in The Kids Are All Right, Tron: Legacy, and The Nice Guys. She’s also a regular playing April Sexton on Chicago Med. 

2. Nyle DiMarco

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Nyle DiMarco on America’s Next Top Model | The CW

The model appeared on the show in Cycle 22, and made quite the impact. He not only had the looks but he brought a great message to the show as he was both deaf and an activist. He won the season as the second man and first deaf model to win the show. After America’s Next Top Model he joined Dancing with the Stars and again won over America’s heart. He won Dancing with the Stars and became the first deaf winner. After that, he became a headliner for Chippendales.

3. Winnie Harlow

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Winnie Harlow on America’s Next Top Model | The CW

The model appeared on the show in Cycle 21 and like DiMarco she was an activist for her skin condition, vitiligo. However, she was knocked out in the second week of the finals. After the show, she continued modeling for Desigual, Diesel, and London Fashion Week. She has also been speaking publicly to bring awareness to vitiligo. Her biggest job yet might be appearing in Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade.

4. Eva Marcille

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Eva Marcille on America’s Next Top Model | The CW

You might remember her as Eva Pigford from Cycle 3. On the show, her biggest obstacle to overcome was being the shortest of all the girls. However, her beauty and talent stood out and she won the season. After that, she modeled for many brands including CoverGirl, DKNY, Samsung, and more. She also transitioned into acting and was in I Think I Love My Wife, The Young and the Restless, and more recently Born Again Virgin.

5. Analeigh Tipton

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Analeigh Tipton on America’s Next Top Model | The CW

The model and figure skater was on the show in Cycle 11. She placed third and afterwards got signed to Ford Models. Since then she has also transitioned to acting. She appeared on The Big Bang Theory, The Green Hornet, Warm Bodies, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. She’s still going strong and acting in movies.

6. Toccara Jones

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Toccara Jones on America’s Next Top Model | UPN

The model appeared in Cycle 3 and was one of the first plus-sized models to appear on the show. She didn’t win, but she definitely left her mark. Afterward, she continued modeling for brands like Ashley Stewart, Avon, Torrid, New York and Company, and Target. She also started becoming a TV personality by appearing on 106 & Park and Celebrity Fit Club. Toccara has also been dipping into acting by appearing in Think Like A Man. 

7. Fatima Siad

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Fatima Siad on America’s Next Top Model | UPN

The Somali-American model was on Cycle 10 of the show. There she talked openly about undergoing female genital cutting when she was just 7 years old. Her family also lived in Somalia during the civil war. Fatima made it far by placing third on the show. Afterwards, she modeled for brands like House of Deréon, DKNY, and more.

8. CarriDee English

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CariDee English on America’s Next Top Model | The CW

The Cycle 7 winner got a contract with CoverGirl and Elite Models as her prize. She also was featured in many magazines and became the face for Ray Ban sunglasses. She is another model who began to act. She was in One Tree Hill and Pretty Wicked.

9. Adrianne Curry

Adrianne Curry

Adrianne Curry on America’s Next Top Model | The CW

The brunette was the first model to win the show. She then went on to be featured in many magazines and walked the runway for Ed Hardy, Von Dutch, and more. She also posed nude on the cover of Playboy magazineThe model went on to become a TV personality by being on The Surreal Life and My Fair Brady.

10. Whitney Thompson

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Whitney Thompson on America’s Next Top Model | The CW

The blonde competed in Cycle 10 and made it all the way into the finale. She won and continued modeling for JCPenney, Forever 21, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more. She also became the ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association and shot a CoverGirl commercial with Rihanna. Now she owns a restaurant.

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