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America's Next Top Model, Cycle 13
Cycle 13
Broadcast
Original Channel The CW
Original Run September 9, 2009 – November 18, 2009
Additional Infomation
No. of contestants 14
Winner Nicole Fox
Catch-phrase "'The Lineup Is 5' 7" And Under. Not The Usual Suspects. BOOK 'EM!"
Season chronology
previous
Cycle 12
next
Cycle 14

America's Next Top Model, Cycle 13 premiered on September 9, 2009 and was the seventh season to be aired on The CW network.

The overseas destination for this cycle was Maui, Hawaii.

This is the first cycle filmed entirely in the United States, as well as the first cycle to feature a destination that is not a major fashion city.

The judges for this cycle were: Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker and J. Alexander.

The winner was 18-year-old Nicole Fox from Louisville, Colorado.

Prizes

The prizes for this cycle are:

  • A modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models, replacing Elite Model Management.
  • A fashion spread and cover in Seventeen.
  • A US$100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.

Contestants

(ages stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Outcome Post ANTM
Lisa Ramos 19 Queens, New York Eliminated in Episode 2 Has signed for Basic Model Management and done some test shots and print work in Seventeen and W25 magazines.
Rachel Echelberger 18 Woodland, California Eliminated outside of judging in Episode 3 Signed with BMG Models.
Courtney Davies 22 Plantation, Florida Eliminated in Episode 3 Currently splits her time between Miami and Los Angeles and has modeled for Glamour, Venue magazine, and Atlantic Ave magazine. Signed with Wilhelmina Models in Miami and LA.
Lulu Braithwaite 19 Brooklyn, New York Eliminated in Episode 4 Was featured in D.A.M. magazine but has not yet signed to an agency.
Bianca Richardson 21 Columbia, South Carolina Eliminated in Episode 5 Has signed with Wilhelmina Models and has modeled with Betsey Johnson and Jeffrey Campbell.
Ashley Howard 22 Chicago, Illinois Eliminated in Episode 6 Decided to pursue her singing career. Has not signed with an agency.
Kara Vincent 19 Fort Wayne, Indiana Eliminated in Episode 7 Is not currently signed with an agency but continues to take test shots.
Ashley "Rae" Weisz 21 Rochester, Minnesota Eliminated in Episode 8 Has posed for Rochester magazine and has done several preshow test shots.
Brittany Markert 21 Livermore, California Eliminated in Episode 9 Has modeled for Harper's Bazaar and has signed with Passport Model Management in San Francisco and Paragon Model Management in Mexico.
Sundai Love 18 Bakersfield, California Eliminated in Episode 10 Isn't with an agency but has taken a few test shots.
Jennifer An 23 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Eliminated in Episode 11 Has done a Steve Madden campaign and modeled for Knitscene magazine.
Erin Wagner 18 Spring Grove, Illinois Eliminated in Episode 11 Is signed with Wilhelmina Models and has done some print work for Editors' Closet.
Laura Kirkpatrick 20* Stanford, Kentucky Runner-up
Nicole Fox 18 Louisville, Colorado Winner
  • Laura's age during the filming of episode 10, when she turned 20.

Episode Summaries

How Short Can You Go

First aired September 9, 2009

For the first time, contestants under 5'7" are cast. They enter a room where they are supposedly being cast for Le Cycle 13, Fall Collection, but an actor tells them that they are too short, at which point Tyra enters and tells them 'it's time to break the mold'. Soon after they dress in model basics and are given a runway lesson by Miss J and have a face Polaroid taken by Mr. Jay. Then comes castings. Memorable interviews include Courtney revealing she has a broken foot, modeling teacher Alison teaching Miss J her own runway tricks, Lulu stating she is gay within seconds of her entrance and Sundai talking about her abusive childhood. During this time, Amber's personality and Nicole's lack thereof scare their fellow competitors. 20 girls are selected after the first cut and taken to a runway at the end of which they have to strike four poses. Courtney impresses Jay by soldiering on the entire runway instead of just posing. During the review, Tyra notes that many girls are posing in a more sexual than fashion way. Ultimately 14 girls are chosen and Tyra congratulates them for being pioneers.

  • Special guest: Bradford Sisk

The Early Bird Gets A Makeover

First aired September 9, 2009

The girls meet on Melrose Avenue and realize that Amber is missing. The Jays arrive in a limo and take them to a salon where it is revealed that Amber withdrew from the competition due to "personal reasons." Lisa, who had been cut in the semi-finals, is replacing her. The Jays also announce that it is makeover time. Most of the girls are satisfied with their looks, except Lisa, who worries that she didn't get much of a change and Bianca, who doesn't like her bleached eyebrows.

  • Left: Amber DePace
  • Replacement: Lisa Ramos

The girls then move into a doll-themed house. On the photo shoot, they are tasked to recreate their baby pictures with a fashion twist. Rae struggles with her 8-inch heels, while Sundai and Lisa worry about their styling. Arriving on set, Bianca seems down and tells Jay she doesn't like her make-up. At panel, Rae, Nicole, Jennifer, Ashley and Bianca are noted for their strong shots, while Brittany is castigated for her overtly sexual film. Kara and Sundai are told they lacked energy and Lisa is told that she looks mean. Ultimately, Bianca lands in the bottom two because of her lack of professionalism, but it is Lisa's poor performance at the shoot and timid personality that gets her eliminated as the judges feel she is not making the most of her second chance.

  • First call-out: Rae Weisz
  • Bottom two: Bianca Richardson & Lisa Ramos
  • Eliminated: Lisa Ramos
  • Featured photographer: Baldomero Fernandez
  • Special guests: Chanel Iman, Sally Hershberger

Fortress of Fierceness

First aired September 16, 2009

The girls meet Wilhelmina Models director Sean Patterson and Nigel Barker. Each girl then meets them alone and Lulu loses points with Nigel by mentioning she doesn't pay attention to photographers in editorials while Courtney once again impresses by walking despite her pain. Rachel goes blank when asked about her musical background. After the meetings, Sean shocks the girls by eliminating Rachel in a surprise elimination for her lack of charisma.

  • Eliminated outside of judging panel: Rachel Echelberger

The girls then meet a rude photographer asking for the perfect shot in one take, which the girls struggle with until Tyra (as Super Smize) arrives and "defeats" him. She then coaches the girls on their "smize" (smiling with their eyes), which gets Jennifer worried because of her eyelid ptosis and directs a challenge where the girls are in full body suits, paired up and pitted against each other to see who has the best smize. The winners (Bianca, Brittany, Courtney, Kara, Laura, & Lulu) go to dinner with Sean Patterson, while the losers wash the dishes. Next, the girls arrive at Santa Anita Race Track to pose topless with a jockey and a horse. At panel, Laura gave her most powerful photograph so far, while Erin also impress for smizing. Ashley is castigated for over posing and Bianca, despite her resolve not to complain, hints that she didn't like her blonde wig. This lands her in the bottom two again but she is spared for the second time as Courtney is sent home for admitting that being asked to keep her boot hindered her performance, and for self-defeating.

  • First call-out: Erin Wagner
  • Bottom two: Bianca Richardson & Courtney Davies
  • Eliminated: Courtney Davies
  • Featured photographer: Firooz Zahedi
  • Special guests: Sean Patterson, Lauren Conrad

Make Me Tall

First aired September 23, 2009

The episode starts with Bianca being determined to become softer. Miss J introduced to a 9-year-old runway model named Diva Davanna, the girls get their first runway teach with him, learning to "walk tall" and how to walk with a partner. The challenge later requires them to walk next to models who are 5'10" and above. Brittany impresses Ann Shoket and wins an editorial for herself, Kara and Laura, angering Ashley and Lulu who had earlier coached Brittany how to walk. Back at the house, Nicole bonds with Bianca as the latter reveals her fear of showing vulnerability due to her abusive past. Ashley and Lulu later warn Nicole that she is being used, upsetting her. Nicole and Brittany then discuss their chagrin, calling Ashley a mean-girl and Lulu her sidekick. At the photo shoot, Brittany struggles with the fact that the girls are allowed to watch her, while Bianca has to be distracted to look softer. At panel, Kara, Nicole and Erin receive unanimous praise, whereas Brittany, Rae and Laura are castigated for making themselves look shorter. Sundai is praised for her picture but her outfit and lack of presence on the runway do not sit well with Miss J. In the end Brittany survives her first bottom two appearance as Lulu is eliminated for her poor performance at the shoot and uninspiring personality.

  • First call-out: Kara Vincent
  • Bottom two: Brittany Markert & Lulu Braithwaite
  • Eliminated: Lulu Braithwaite
  • Featured photographer: Jonathan Mannion
  • Special guests: Diva Davanna, Kevan Hall, Yvonne Yue, Ann Shoket, Jaime Rishar
  • Top Model in Action: McKey Sullivan (Cycle 11)

Take My Photo, Tyra!

First aired September 30, 2009

The girls are taught how to do their own make-up by Sam Fine and each girl is given individual tips. Later they meet Nigel and Crissy Barker at Wal-Mart for a CoverGirl challenge, where they have to race throughout the store and do their own styling and make-up through various sessions, with the last girls eliminated at each session. Laura and Kara are the first to be eliminated, followed by Nicole and Jennifer and Brittany and Rae. At the last stop the girls have to pick their pictures from a bin. Erin keeps Ashley's picture until she finds her own, eliminating Ashley. Bianca, Erin and Sundai finish the race, but ultimately Sundai wins to have her picture featured on Wal-Mart's website and receive a US$1,000 gift from CoverGirl. On the way to the photo shoot, Bianca and Ashley confront Erin about her behavior at the challenge, making her cry. At the studio, the girls find Tyra wrapped in scarves. Tyra explains that they will be doing a beauty shoot modeling scarves and that the best picture will be given immunity at panel. Brittany, Erin, Rae, Nicole and Sundai perform well. Ashley struggles a lot and has to change outfits three times. Kara is criticized for relying on her beauty, while Bianca is chastised for not displaying enough softness in her face. Meanwhile, Tyra decides to bring in a fan to improve Laura's performance and Jennifer tries screaming. Brittany is deemed the best and is given immunity as well as the opportunity to do a shoot with two male models that Tyra discovered. At panel, many girls get good reviews. Jennifer is lauded by Tyra for bringing personality in her shoot, while Kara and Erin were chastised for not bringing any to theirs. Ashley and Bianca land in the bottom two: Ashley for failing to "smize" in her photo, and Bianca for looking hard in hers. Ultimately, Ashley is saved and Bianca is sent home after landing in the bottom two for the third time.

  • Immune/First call-out: Brittany Markert
  • Bottom two: Ashley Howard & Bianca Richardson
  • Eliminated: Bianca Richardson
  • Featured photographer: Tyra Banks
  • Special guests: Crissy Barker, China Chow, Sam Fine, Juan Munoz Hortado, Gene Williamson
  • Top Model in Action: Samantha Francis (Cycle 8)

Dance With Me

First aired October 7, 2009

The girls meet Benny Ninja, who tells them that as models, they must use their bodies as well as their faces to convey emotions. He brings out Lil Mama and Jabbawockeez to teach the girls to dance. The girls then learn that they will perform in groups of three, with masks covering their faces while showing happiness, sadness and anger. Jennifer, Rae and Kara work well together and win $17,000 in jewelry. The girls are flown to Las Vegas for their shoot. They witness a performance by Jay Manuel and the Cirque du Soleil and learn that they will be posing in teams:

Groupings
Ashley, Kara & Laura
Brittany, Jennifer & Rae
Erin, Nicole & Sundai

Jennifer, Kara, Ashley and Nicole get bad reviews, but Jennifer's group saved her as her group was deemed the best photo of the week (thus being jointly called together). The judges were also amazed in Laura and Rae's pictures, but worry about the latter's personality. Kara and Ashley land in the bottom two, both for not pushing through enough, but Kara is given another chance and Ashley, who was lambasted for failing to incorporate her dancer background in her posing, was eliminated.

  • First call-outs: Brittany Markert, Jennifer An & Rae Weisz
  • Bottom two: Ashley Howard & Kara Vincent
  • Eliminated: Ashley Howard
  • Featured photographer: Mike Rosenthal
  • Special guests: Benny Ninja, Jabbawockeez, Josie Maran, Lil Mama, Rhonda Faber Green
  • Top Model in Action: Lisa Jackson (Cycle 9)

Petite Ninja Warriors

First aired October 14, 2009

The girls are driven to Wilhelmina and are told they will go on go-sees in pairs (Nicole & Laura, Brittany & Kara, Erin & Jennifer and Rae & Sundai). They are given a car by each pair, but must navigate themselves with the aid of a map. The go-sees include an audition for a commercial, which most of the girls fail at, except for Nicole, who is eager to make-up for her previous bad week. Sundai and Rae try to squeeze in one last go-see, and end up being disqualified for being late in Los Angeles traffic. Nicole is declared the winner and rewarded a piece from each designer's collection and is told she will star in the commercial she auditioned for. Back at the house, Kara and Sundai are ticked off by Nicole's supposed "set-up" win. The photo shoot have the girls pose as martial artists with the weapon of their choice. Most of the girls struggle with the harness they have to wear. At panel, Nicole, Laura, Brittany, Erin and Jennifer are praised, while Sundai is once again castigated for over-accessorizing her outfit and lacking versatility. However, the panel is worried about Brittany's and Rae's lack of presence in person and Erin's slight attitude. Ultimately Kara is eliminated within her second consecutive appearance in the bottom two for appearing to give up, while Sundai is spared and told to pull it together.

  • First call-out: Nicole Fox
  • Bottom two: Kara Vincent & Sundai Love
  • Eliminated: Kara Vincent
  • Featured photographer: Patricia Von Ah
  • Special guests: Neil Lane, Skyler Mattson, Rozae Nichols, Sean Patterson, Gerard Seifert, Lauren Shiohama, Jonathan Skow, Trina Turk, Jessica White, Tracy Wong, Deborah Chen
  • Top Model in Action: Fo Porter (Cycle 12)

Interview 101

First aired October 21, 2009

The girls meet Ant and Lara Spencer from The Insider to learn interview skills. With the aim of teaching them to think on their feet, Ant makes life difficult for the models by acting out celebrity interview stereotypes. Ann Shoket arrives and informs them that they will be interviewing Jessica Lowndes as their challenge. To make things harder, their autocues are deliberately cut mid-interview. Jennifer and Erin shine with their improv, while Laura's dyslexia causes her to clam up, and Nicole struggles to ask appropriate questions. Erin wins the challenge and chooses Rae and Jennifer to share in her win – an editorial spread for Seventeen. This week's photo shoot is replaced with a commercial for CoverGirl. The girls write their own scripts and Erin finishes quickly, while Laura and Nicole have a hard time and spend hours practicing. Again Jennifer shines, but Erin has to continually fight back tears, while Laura pushes through despite struggling with her learning difficulty. At panel, Jennifer and Nicole are praised, while Brittany delivers all of her lines flawlessly but fails to show her personality. Sundai and Laura are told they have written good scripts but castigated for their poor delivery. Ultimately Rae and Erin land in the bottom two; Erin for her incessant crying on-set, and Rae for being forgettable. But in the end despite her stellar portfolio, Rae is eliminated.

  • First call-out: Jennifer An
  • Bottom two: Erin Wagner & Rae Weisz
  • Eliminated: Rae Weisz
  • Featured commercial director: Nigel Barker
  • Special guests: Teyona Anderson, Ant, Jessica Lowndes, Kim Kardashian, Ann Shoket, Lara Spencer
  • Top Model in Action: Nicole Linkletter (Cycle 5)

Let's Go Surfing

First aired October 28, 2009' The girls find their house condemned, with Tyra telling them it is too filthy to live in. However, she soon reveals that the girls are going to Hawaii for the remainder of the competition by throwing a luau in the yard. Upon arrival, the girls are stunned by their house and Jennifer is freaked out by the fact that her commercial is being played in at least five different rooms. The girls are then taught how to surf by Buzzy Kerbox. After, they are given a challenge where they have to pose on a moving surfboard with a male model. Erin, Brittany and Nicole excel, while Sundai and Laura stumble. Erin is crowned the winner and, despite the rising tension between her and Brittany, picks the latter and Nicole to share a helicopter ride above Maui. While Nicole and Brittany enjoy it, Erin is upset with not winning a tangible prize yet again. At their photo shoot, the girls are photographed by Tyra while portraying women of mixed heritage, like Hawaiian hapas.

Model Ethnicities
Brittany East Indian & Native American
Erin Tibetan & Egyptian
Jennifer Batswana & Polynesian
Laura Mexican & Greek
Nicole Japanese & Malagasy
Sundai Russian & Moroccan

Most of the girls struggle with the shoot, especially Laura, who is worried about her sunburns. At panel, all the girls but Nicole get mixed reviews, with Sundai being told she photographs very short, Erin that she posed in a commercial way, and Brittany that she didn't step outside of the box. Despite Erin's second bottom two appearance in a row and her tendency to self sabotage, it was Brittany who is sent home for being too analytical and not standing out in front of the panel.

  • First call-out: Nicole Fox
  • Bottom two: Brittany Markert & Erin Wagner
  • Eliminated: Brittany Markert
  • Featured photographers: Erik Aeder (challenge), Tyra Banks (photoshoot)
  • Special guests: Sofia Beschan, Buzzy Kerbox, Kirsty Hume
  • Top Model in Action: Natalie Pack (Cycle 12)

Dive Deeper

First aired November 4, 2009

The girls come back from panel and Nicole is upset that she can't celebrate her first call-out because of Brittany's shocking departure. When Nicole reveals that she is impressed by Sundai's inner strength, the latter promises to tell the girls her story if she makes it to the final four. The girls are taught about swimsuit shoots by Marisa Miller. They are then taken to a cliff for their challenge – to jump off and look graceful on film with only one shot. Most of the girls perform well and Nicole wins and her prize is a $5,000 chocolate pearl necklace. She also gets to pick which girls would get extra frames, and Erin is left out. Later, they celebrate Laura's 20th birthday. At the photo shoot, the girls pose underwater and all but Erin get a second round after being critiqued by Jay. At panel, Nicole and Jennifer are praised, despite the former's lack of "Barbie toes" and the latter's lack of angles while Erin makes Top Model history by surviving three consecutive bottom two appearances, as Sundai is eliminated but comforted by Tyra who calls her a role model for orphans.

  • First call-out: Jennifer An
  • Bottom two: Erin Wagner & Sundai Love
  • Eliminated: Sundai Love
  • Featured photographers: Jono Knight (challenge), Russell James (photoshoot)
  • Special guest: Marisa Miller
  • Top Model in Action: Fatima Siad (Cycle 10)

Hawaiian Hip Hop

First aired November 11, 2009

The girls are taken to a teach about Hawaiian hula and how it can be integrated with hip-hop. The girls learn several moves and are assigned to use them to tell a story. During rehearsal, Erin uses her cheerleading experience to help the girls get their routine down. While most of the girls perform well, Nicole messes up her entire routine. Laura ends up winning a 5-day trip back to Hawaii after the competition is over, which she shared with Jennifer, much to Erin's frustration. At the photo shoot, the girls are told that two of them will be eliminated at the next panel, shocking them. While Erin and Nicole perform rather well, Laura and Jennifer stumble. At panel, Laura and Nicole are praised for their pictures but Erin and Jennifer are castigated for their poor film. In the end, Laura, Jennifer and Erin land in the bottom three, Laura for not looking like a model in person and the other two for their dwindling performances. Ultimately, an overjoyed Laura joins Nicole in a Julia Clancey fashion show, while Jennifer and Erin are sent home, both of them being upset to have come so close to the win, yet so far. Laura's position marked the first time in the history of America's Next Top Model that a girl achieved a finalist status without ever receiving a first call out.

  • First call-out: Nicole Fox
  • Bottom three: Erin Wagner, Jennifer An & Laura Kirkpatrick
  • Eliminated: Erin Wagner & Jennifer An
  • Featured photographer: Steve Shaw
  • Special guests: Ann Shoket, Anna Rita Sloss
  • Top Model in Action: Katarzyna Dolinska (Cycle 10)

America's Next Top Model Is...

First aired November 18, 2009

The final two girls meet Cycle 12 winner Teyona before filming their CoverGirl LashBlast commercials and shooting their ads. Nicole was lauded for a good photo shoot, but was lambasted for a "snotty" performance in her commercial; Laura was praised for overcoming dyslexia in her commercial, but was criticized for lack of commitment in her photo shoot. The next day, Ann Shoket watched them as they shoot their potential Seventeen Magazine covers. Next, Tyra visited the girls for one-on-one conversations. It was revealed that they would be walking in a Julia Clancey fashion show together with eliminated girls Brittany, Erin, Jennifer and Sundai. At the final judging, both girls impressed the judges by their final performances, though Nicole's walk is criticized as "different" while Laura's somewhat poor commercial delivery got the thumbs down. Portfolios aside, the judges are torn between Nicole's high fashion ability and knowledge of her angles and Laura's commercial appeal and conventional beauty. The girls are called back, and Nicole is proclaimed the thirteenth winner of America's Next Top Model.

  • Final two: Laura Kirkpatrick & Nicole Fox
  • America's Next Top Model: Nicole Fox
  • Featured photographers: Nigel Barker, Gilles Bensimon
  • Featured commercial director: Jonathan Mannion
  • Special guests: Julia Clancey, Eddie Murphy, Bria Murphy, Teyona Anderson, Ann Shoket
  • Top Model in Action: Teyona Anderson (Cycle 12)

Cycle 13: REVEALED

First aired November 18, 2009

This was the recap episode. It aired right after the finale, and featured never-before-seen footage, including Tyra doing the "queen walk" with Bianca during casting, Nicole making up nicknames for the girls in order to remember their names, a candy-eating contest between Erin, Kara and Lisa, an insight into Erin and Rae's friendship, a confrontation between Jennifer and Bianca, Jennifer cleaning the house, an insight into Nicole's passion for art, Brittany stepping on a toothpick, Kara's trivia game, Rae's tooth-brushing habit, a montage of Erin's constant crying, the final six learning the basics of scuba diving, Sundai bonding with a cat named Roger, and Nicole's naïve life-lesson from Erin and Laura including sex talk.

Contestant gallery

Lisa Ramos

Eliminated in episode 2

Rachel Echelberger

Eliminated in outside of judging panel in episode 3

Courtney Davies

Eliminated in episode 3

Lulu Braithwaite

Eliminated in episode 4

Bianca Richardson

Eliminated in episode 5

Ashley Howard

Eliminated in episode 6

Kara Vincent

Eliminated in episode 7

Ashley "Rae" Weisz

Eliminated in episode 8

Brittany Markert

Eliminated in episode 9

Sundai Love

Eliminated in episode 10

Erin Wagner

Eliminated in episode 11

Jennifer An

Eliminated in episode 11

Laura Kirkpatrick

Runner-up

Nicole Fox

Winner

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