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Cycle 1
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General Information
Country of origin: United States
Number of episodes: 9
Broadcast Information
Original channel: UPN
Premiere: May 20, 2003
Finale: July 15, 2003
Cycle Information
Judges: Tyra Banks
Janice Dickinson
Kimora Lee Simmons
Beau Quillian
Number of contestants: 10
Winner: Adrianne Curry
Cycle Chronology
Previous: N/A
Next: Cycle 2

Cycle 1 of America's Next Top Model premiered on May 20, 2003 on UPN and concluded on July 15, 2003. The judging panel featured Tyra Banks as host, with Janice Dicksinson, Kimora Lee Simmons and Beau Quillian as main judges.

Adrianne Curry was crowned as the winner of the cycle. Runner-up Shannon Stewart was later brought back for All-Stars in 2011, where she placed sixth.



The ages stated are from the start of the contest.

Contestant Age Hometown Eliminated Place
Adrianne Curry 20 Joliet, Illinois N/A 1
Shannon Stewart 18 Franklin, Ohio Episode 9 2
Elyse Sewell 20 Albuquerque, New Mexico Episode 9 3
Robin Manning 26 Memphis, Tennessee Episode 7 4
Kesse Wallace 21 North Little Rock, Arkansas Episode 6 5
Giselle Samson 18 Corona, California Episode 5 6
Ebony Haith 24 Bronx, New York Episode 4 7
Nicole Panattoni 22 Murrieta, California Episode 3 8
Katie Cleary 21 Glenview, Illinois Episode 2 9
Tessa Carlson 19 Chicago, Illinois Episode 1 10

Cycle Overview

Cycle Episodes Originally Aired (U.S. dates)
Cycle Premiere Cycle Finale
1 9 May 27, 2003 July 8, 2003

Cycle 1: 2003

No. in
No. in
Title Original Air Date
1 1 "The Girl Who Wants It Bad" May 20, 2003
Living together in a New York penthouse, 10 women compete for a modeling contract and other prizes.
2 2 "The Girl Is Here to Win, Not Make Friends" May 27, 2003
The nine finalists learn how to sashay down a runway, then pose for the cover of a men's magazine
3 3 "The Girl Gets Rushed to the Emergency Room" June 3, 2003
Eight finalists undergo radical transformations; participants share the spotlight with snakes during a photography shoot; a finalist ends up in the hospital.
4 4 "The Girl Who Drives Everyone Crazy" June 10, 2003
A visit from a contestant's lesbian lover divides the loft, and a formerly confident participant loses focus.
5 5 "The Girl Who Everyone Thinks Is Killing Herself" June 17, 2003
A model breaks down after being confronted about her eating habits; competitors undergo publicity training; personal revelations; loved ones visit during a photo-shoot competition
6 6 "The Girl Deals With a Pervert" June 24, 2003
A contestant struggles to find a balance between her religious beliefs and her sexuality; the models navigate Paris during a challenge; one woman enlists the help of a stranger to get ahead.
7 7 "The Girls Who Get Really Naked" July 1, 2003
Some models embrace the opportunity to pose nude during a photography shoot, while others are driven to tears.
8 8 "How the Girls Got Here" July 8, 2003
Clips from the series include audition tapes, exit interviews, quarrels and confessions.
9 9 "The Girl Becomes America's Next Top Model" July 8, 2003
The winner survives the final cut and is awarded a modeling and management contract.


Call-out order

Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 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 was eliminated
     The contestant won the competition
  • In Episode 1, 20 semi-finalists were reduced to 8 finalists. Later, two more contestants (Giselle and Tessa) were scouted and introduced to the cast.
  • Episode 8 was the recap episode.


  • This is the only cycle of ANTM to have ten girls, making it the smallest cast to date.
  • The international destination for the cycle was Paris, France. This is the first European international destination.
  • This was the only cycle where the girls go back to America instead of staying overseas until the finale.
  • This is the first cycle to have a girl not participate in the photoshoot of the week. This is the only cycle where more than one girl refuses to participate.
  • the top three judging panel was the only panel in ANTM history were elimination was based on no photo or commercial, but just portfolio.
  • All of the girls in this cast were at least 5'9 in height.
  • According to Tyra in an interview, the judging room for this cycle was actually a hotel room with the beds taken out. Also, her own underwear was used as wardrobe for the girls in the group promotional photo. Giselle and Tessa still weren't revealed to the other eight girls at this point, and instead were photoshopped in.


After winning the show, winner Adrianne Curry spoke out against the show and stated that she did not receive her contract with Revlon cosmetics. In 2017, she published a blog article titled "The truth about Top Model" and she stated that when she met with Revlon, they informed her that they never planned on using the winner for any ads, regardless of who she was.

In the same article, Curry also mentioned that no agencies were willing to sign on for the first cycle and that due to this Wilhelmia were told that they would be used for future cycles as well. However, this was not the case as they were replaced with IMG Models the following cycle.


To view the gallery for Cycle 1, click here.