The fifth cycle of UPN's most popular series kicks off Sept. 21.
This batch of 13 doe-eyed vixens — seeking their fame and fortune as runway models and magazine cover models — includes two students from New York; a 23-year-old Criminal Defense Investigator from Florida; and the usual assortment of hometown honeys who manage Dairy Queens, wait tables and sell clothes.
On the show, thousands of girls from all over the U.S. fight to be part of the contest — in which just a handful are chosen to live together in the lap of luxury and compete for a shot at stardom.
This season, wannabe fashionistas live in a luxurious Bel Air mansion in California and are pitted against each other in photo shoots, runway competitions and other fashion-centric contests.
Each week, Banks and a panel of judges give one girl the boot.
The winner gets a chance to be managed by Ford Models, a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl and a fashion spread in Elle magazine. The winner will also be featured with Banks on the cover of Ellegirl, a teen-skewing version of Elle.
"America's Next Top Model" is produced by and stars Banks, one of the world's most famous supermodels. She takes an extremely hands-on role in the production of the show — and has been known to spend days at a time locked away with her staff editing "Model."