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America's Next Top Model, Cycle 23
Cycle23-temp
Broadcast
Original Channel VH1
Original Run December 12, 2016 - March 8, 2017
Additional Infomation
No. of contestants 14
Winner India Gants
Season chronology
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Cycle 22: Guys & Girls 3
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Cycle 24

America's Next Top Model, Cycle 23 premiered on December 12, 2016. It is the first season to air on VH1.

As a result of the revival of the series following its cancellation by The CW in October 2015, this cycle follows the series' original format of an all-female contest. The cycle is presented by British singer Rita Ora, who took over from former model and businesswoman Tyra Banks. The judging panel has been fully revamped, consisting of head judge Ora, model Ashley Graham, Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist Law Roach, replacing the previous panel consisting of Banks, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone and runway coach J. Alexander. Banks still serves as the series' executive producer.

There was no international destination in this cycle.

On March 8, 2017, India Gants was named the winner.

Prizes

The prizes for this cycle are:

  • A talent contract with VH1
  • A fashion spread in Paper magazine
  • A $100,000 contract with Rimmel London cosmetics

Contestants

(Ages stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Finish Notes
Justine Biticon
@justinemaebiticon
18 Panorama City, California Episode 2
Cherish Waters
@icherishwaters
25 Los Angeles, California Episode 3
Giah Hardeman
@just_giah
21 Bryan-College Station, Texas Episode 5
Krislian Rodriguez
@misskrislian
26 Los Angeles, California Episode 6
Kyle McCoy
@smile4kyle
23 New York, New York Episode 7
Binta Dibba
@babybinta
25 Seattle, Washington Episode 8
Marissa Hopkins
@marissa_hopkins
19 Houston, Texas Episode 9
Paige Mobley
@paigemobley
22 Birmingham, Michigan Episode 10
Tash Wells*
@tashandcody
27 San Jose, California Episode 11 Eliminated in episode 4/
returned in episode 9
eliminated in episode 11
Cody Wells*
@tashandcody
27 San Jose, California Episode 12
Courtney Nelson
@courtneypaigenelson
25 San Francisco, California Episode 14
CoryAnne Roberts
@corylovesyou
19 Bali, Indonesia Episode 15
Tatiana Price
@tatianaelizabethh
22 Queens, New York Runner-up
India Gants
@indiak8
20 Seattle, Washington Winner
  • Cody Wells and Tash Wells are identical twins, but they competed individually.

Episode summaries

Business, Brand, Boss

Original Airdate: December 12, 2016
In the Season 23 premiere, host Rita Ora welcomes 28 aspiring models to New York City, where they will be winnowed down to 14 contestants after embarking on their first challenge, go-sees with celebrity designers LaQuan Smith and Philipp Plein.

Featured photographer: Massimo Campana
Special guests: Philipp Plein, LaQuan Smith

Lights, Camera, Catwalk

Original Airdate: December 19, 2016
The top 14 contenders participate in runway boot camp with supermodel Stacey McKenzie. Later, the ladies partake in a heated discussion about race relations in the U.S.. Later, the models were introduced to Zendaya, and took part in a runway challenge at the Marquee Nightclub, at the end of which they had to dive into the crowd for their first photo shoot.

First call-out: Cody
Eliminated: Justine Biticon
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Featured photographer: Peter Mininsky
Special guests: Zendaya, Stacey McKenzie

Make Your Mark

Original Airdate: December 26, 2016
The judges choose signature looks for each model, but some ladies aren't happy with their makeovers. Later, Ashley encourages the contestants to feel comfortable in their own skin as they get ready for a nude-photo shoot.

First call-out: Courtney
Eliminated: Cherish Waters
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Featured photographer: Ellen Von Unwerth
Special guests: Sally Hershberger

Major Key Alert

Original Airdate: January 2, 2017
Hip-hop mogul DJ Khaled gives the models a lesson in social-media branding. Later, Instagram socialite Jasmine Sanders helps the ladies enhance their online profiles. The models were later introduced to the editorial director of Paper magazine, Mickey Boardman, and had to create social media stories using three images from a vip party for their next photo shoot.

First call-out: Krislian
Eliminated: Tash Wells
Special guests: DJ Khaled, Mickey Boardman, Jasmine Saunders

Avant Garde

Original Airdate: January 9, 2017
Law Roach discusses the importance of personal style with the ladies. Later, celebrity designer Nicola Formichetti introduces the models to avant-garde fashion. In a challenging photoshoot, the models posed in a grocery store wearing avant garde fahion.

First call-out: CoryAnne
Eliminated: Giah Hardenman
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Featured photographer: Jack Waterlot
Special guests:Nicola Formichetti

Out For The Count

Original Airdate: January 16, 2017
Two models become romantically involved, but it could cost one of them the competition. Later, the ladies take on a body-in-motion challenge with Chanel Iman.

First call-out: CoryAnne
Eliminated: Krislian Rodriguez
Featured directors: Drew Elliott, Ashley Graham
Featured photographers: Massimo Cappana, Pieter Henket
Special guests: Chanel Iman

X Marks the Spot

Original Airdate: January 23, 2017
Stacey McKenzie and Beyoncé's choreographer, Chris Grant, challenge the models to create their own signature-dance routines for a block-party video shoot.

First call-out: India
Eliminated: Kyle McCoy
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Featured photographer: Director X
Special guests: Stacey McKenzie, Chris Grant

The Glamorous Life

Original Airdate: January 30, 2017
The models are invited to an exclusive party at luxury designer Philipp Plein's estate. Later, the ladies compete for the best couple shot as they pose for a luxurious-lifestyle shoot.

First call-out: Tatiana
Eliminated: Binta Dibba
Featured photographer: Douglas Friedman
Special guests: Jason Derulo, Philipp Plein, Michael Musto, Mickey Boardman,

The Comeback

Original Airdate: February 1, 2017
The previously-eliminated contestants return to compete against the top seven models in a fashion-music-video shoot featuring rapper French Montana.

First call-out: India
Eliminated: Marissa Hopkins
Returned: Tash
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Special guests: French Montana, Tanisha Scott, Nefertari Green, Christian Cowan

Platform Power

Original Airdate: February 8, 2017
The models must create a PSA in support of Amber Rose's initiative, SlutWalk. Later, the ladies portray iconic women in pop culture.

First call-out: Tash & India
Eliminated: Paige Mobley
Featured photographer: Vijat Mohindra
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Special guests: Amber Rose, Stacey McKenzie

Celebrity Life

Original Airdate: February 15, 2017
The models experience a day in the life of their celebrity host Rita Ora, as they are bombarded by the paparazzi throughout New York City and later tasked to personify her Paper Magazine cover.

First call-out: Cody
Eliminated: Tash Wells
Featured photographer: Vijat Mohindra
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Special guests: Mickey Boardman

And Action!

Original Airdate: February 22, 2017
The final five contestants tap into their inner actress as they compete to nail a theatrical scene. Later, the models are challenged to transform into a beautiful disaster during the filming of a makeup commercial.

First call-out: India
Eliminated: Cody Wells
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Special guests: Susan Batson, Adrienne C. Moore

Behind the Scenes, Beyond the Flash

Original Airdate: February 22, 2017
Recap episode.

Brand Like a Boss

Original Airdate: March 1, 2017
The final four learn what it takes to be a brand ambassador for Rimmel. The models are tasked with shooting a commercial featuring Rimmel's new line of waterproof makeup, during which they must race through the streets of London.

First call-out: CoryAnne (challenge) & India (video shoot)
Eliminated: Courtney Nelsen
Featured director: Steven Murashige
Special guests: Elena Ora, Kathy Jeung


The Final Countdown

Original Airdate: March 8, 2017
The finalists must pull off an extraordinary Paper Magazine photo-shoot spread. Later, the eliminated contestants return to hit the runway one last time before one of the final three is crowned America's Next Top Model.

Winner: India Gants
Runner-up: Tatiana Price
Third place: CoryAnne Roberts
Featured photographer: Charlotte Rutherford
Featured director: Drew Elliott
Special guests: Tyra Banks, Tinashe, Tim Stack, David & Philippe Blond, Stacy Mackenzie, Mickey Boardman

Contestant gallery

Justine Biticon

Eliminated in episode 2

Cherish Waters

Eliminated in episode 3

Giah Hardeman

Eliminated in episode 5

Krislian Rodriguez

Eliminated in episode 6

Kyle McCoy

Eliminated in episode 7

Binta Dibba

Eliminated in episode 8

Marissa Hopkins

Eliminated in episode 9

Paige Mobley

Eliminated in episode 10

Tash Wells

Eliminated in episode 4
Returned in episode 9

Cody Wells

Eliminated in episode X

Courtney Nelson

Eliminated in episode X

CoryAnne Roberts

Eliminated in episode 15

Tatiana Price

Runner-up

India Gants

Winner

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