The competition gets fierce for the ninth cycle of America's Next Top Model, as the 13 finalists fight to turn their dreams of becoming a top model into reality.
This season, an incredible transformation takes place as the finalists face tougher challenges and live the high life participating in glamorous photo shoots all while living under one roof in a posh Los Angeles mansion.
During this cycle, the 13 participants live together and ferociously vie for the grand prize, competing in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp.
The participants' abilities are tested each week as they strive to master the runway, fashion photo shoots, perfect publicity skills and learn the business aspects of becoming a supermodel, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the America's Next Top Model cameras.
Throughout the season, supermodel Tyra Banks, art director of photo shoots Jay Manuel, and runway guru J. Alexander mentor the participants.
Banks leads the panel of America's Next Top Model judges, comprised of leading fashion industry experts, including supermodel Twiggy, photographer Nigel Barker and runway expert J. Alexander, who closely evaluate the progress of the models to narrow the field each week.
In addition, special guest judges appear to critique within his or her area of expertise.
The winner of Season 9 will be managed by Elite Model Management. She also receives a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl. Finally, the winner will appear on the cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.
Season 9 Models
Ambreal Williams, a 19-year-old college student from Dallas, Texas
Bianca Golden, a 18-year-old college student from Queens, New York
Chantal Jones, a 19-year-old student from Austin, Texas
Ebony Morgan, a 20-year-old nursing student from Chicago, Illinois
Heather Kuzmich, a 21-year-old college student from Valparaiso, Indiana
Janet Mills, a 22-year-old aesthetician from Bainbridge, Georgia
Jenah Doucette, a 18-year-old student from Farmington, Connecticut
Kimberly Leemans, a 20-year-old student from Ocala, Florida
Lisa Jackson, a 20-year-old dancer from Jersey City, New Jersey
Mila Bouzinova, a 20-year-old recent college graduate from Boston, Maryland
Saleisha Stowers, a 21-year-old receptionist from Los Angeles, California
Sarah Hartshorne, a 20-year-old college student from Heath, Maryland
Victoria Marshman, a 20-year-old college student from New Haven, Connecticut
Season 9 premiered on FOX Life on Friday 2 December 2016, at 20h10. New episodes broadcast from Wednesdays to Fridays. After Episode 7 (which aired on 16 December), the season went on hiatus, resuming with Episode 8 on Wednesday 25 January, 2017.