America's Next Top Model (cycle 5)

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America's Next Top Model, Cycle 5
Cycle 5 cast
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13 + reunion
Original channelUPN
Original runSeptember 21, 2005 (2005-09-21) – December 7, 2005 (2005-12-07)
Additional information
No. of contestants13
WinnerNicole Linkletter
All-StarsBre Scullark
Lisa D'Amato
Season chronology
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America's Next Top Model, Cycle 5
Cycle 5 cast
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13 + reunion
Original channelUPN
Original runSeptember 21, 2005 (2005-09-21) – December 7, 2005 (2005-12-07)
Additional information
No. of contestants13
WinnerNicole Linkletter
All-StarsBre Scullark
Lisa D'Amato
Season chronology
← Previous
Cycle 4
Next →
Cycle 6
Season summary

America's Next Top Model (cycle 5) was the fifth cycle of America's Next Top Model. The judging panel ensemble was altered - Janice Dickinson was replaced by one of the most recognizable models of the 1960s, Twiggy, and Nolé Marin was replaced by runway coach J. Alexander. The cycle's catch-phrase was "Bling It On."

The prizes for this cycle are:

The international destination during this cycle was London, England.

The cast size was reduced from 14 to 13, which was maintained up until Cycle 10. The house that the girls stayed in the first half of the competition was later used for the first season of the VH1 show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.

The winner was 20-year-old Nicole Linkletter from Grand Forks, North Dakota.[1]

Episode Summaries[edit]

The Girl With The Twisted Catchphrase[edit]

First aired September 21, 2005

The casting process started out with 36 girls who were then interviewed by Tyra, and the two Jays, after a little pose-off. Notable interviews included Coryn revealing the fact that her mother struggled with depression, Nicole getting on her knees, Bre admitting she rarely showered, Jayla stating she went against her whole religion (Jehovah's Witness), and a girl named Susanna that had breast cancer. Nik was quickly judged to be similar to Naima Mora.

After the interviews the contestants were narrowed down to just 20 who were then sent to do a mock runway show. Sarah was the only girl to stumble. After that each girl got one on one time with Tyra, where Ebony's desire impressed Tyra, while Lisa used the time to ask Tyra about Will Smith. The judges deliberated and chose just 13 to be in the running this time.

The Girls Become Superheroes[edit]

First aired September 21, 2005

After moving into their new home, the contestants went to a party with celebrities and had to walk a runway, portryaing different styles given to them by MC Nate Dogg.


Sarah, who was given size 10 shoes (she wears a seven) stumbled, while Kim, who didn't know how to put on make-up was blown off by Ashley. Sarah and Kim shared a kiss in the limousine on the way home.

The week's photoshoot had a superhero theme. Nik, Cassandra, Jayla and Lisa excelled but Kim, Ashley and Sarah struggled. Coryn managed to overcome her fear of heights. During judging the judges liked Kim's look but not her picture, Diane's face but not her pose or walk and Twiggy criticized Jayla's and Bre's walks as well as Bre's lack of eye contact. Sarah landed in the bottom two because she lost her confidence on the runway but it was Ashley who was eliminated and shocked because the judges felt that she was not a model and was just trying to get by as a pretty girl.

The Girl Who Needs A Miracle[edit]

First aired September 28, 2005

In the makeover episode, Cassandra, a former beauty pageant competitor who was very attached to her long brown hair, was given the most dramatic makeover. Tyra had doubts about whether Cassandra was more dedicated to pageants or modeling, so she decided to test Cassandra's resolve by giving her a very short blonde hairdo similar to Mia Farrow's character in Rosemary's Baby. Despite much consideration and a major breakdown which surprised everyone, Cassandra went through with the makeover. The girls were then photographed showing off the styles MR Jay told them to adopt.

ModelNew LookStyle
BreLong, straight weaveGhetto Fabulous
CassandraShort blonde cutMod with an edge
DianeBlonde-brown highlightsDressy Casual
EbonyLong micro braidsSophisticated with an edge
JaylaExtensionsYves St Laurent Chic
KimRedheadFemme Boy
KyleRich chocolate brownChanel with an edge
LisaBlonde highlightsSupermodel with a twist
NicoleThick extensions90s wide-eyed supermodel
NikThick blonde-brown curlsBohemian Chic
SarahEdgy symmetrical bobRalph Lauren chic

At the challenge each girl got $500 to shop in Beverly Hills for an outfit that represents their personal style in 90 minutes. Lisa won and got to keep her outfit as well as 3 items from the girls and picked Ebony and Kim who kept theirs and 1 item from another girl.

In the next photo shoot, each contestant partnered with another contestant of her choice, and the two were photographed separately in the same couture-inspired outfit. Ebony regretted choosing Lisa and struggled a lot.

Bre & NikCountry CoutureNik
Cassandra & JaylaHay Stack HoneyCassandra
Coryn & SarahRustic RufflesCoryn
Diane & NicolePretty peasantsNicole
Ebony & LisaFarm Hand FataleLisa
Kim & KyleHaunting HaberdasheriesKim

At panel during Cassandra's evaluation Tyra revealed that she specifically told the stylists to cut her hair like Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby, so she scheduled Cassandra's hair to be cut shorter. Jayla was additionally told she would get short hair. Nik, Nicole, Coryn, Kim, Lisa and Cassandra were featured in a mock story as they were picked as the winners. Diane and Ebony landed in the bottom two, Diane for not using her body well and Ebony because of her poor performance in the shoot and eliminated because the judges felt her dream of modeling was just a dream.

The Girl Who Makes A Disclaimer[edit]

First aired October 5, 2005

Tyra stopped by to see how the girls were doing. Miss J helped the girls with their walks by a pool in the ritzy part of L.A. They donned fun hats and skirts and danced around the pool. Their challenge was to walk on a runway and pose on a turning platform for Sue Wong, which Bre won. After Kim, Nik, Jayla, Coryn and Bre went out to eat caviar, and Kim and Sarah made out in one of their beds together (seen on security camera). They also went for a swim together and talked on the lawn chairs.

Then the girls posed as fashion victims. The shoot was taken on a moving platform in front of a green screen. During the shoot, Jayla and Cassandra had to get their short hair cuts. Jayla's was successful, while Cassandra was unwilling to have her hair cut shorter and she refused this assignment. In the end, Cassandra decided to withdraw from the competition despite a stellar portfolio.

In panel, the judges told the girls to give their signature walk. Bre impressed the judges with her walk. The judges placed Kim and Sarah in the bottom two: Kim for giving a disclaimer before demonstrating her runway walk, and Sarah for her weak shoot and bad runway walk. It was Sarah who got eliminated for lack of self-confidence.

The Girl Who Gets A Boob Job[edit]

First aired October 12, 2005

The girls talked with Twiggy about their flaws and then took a photo shoot to show and hide them. Kyle won the challenge, which was a spa treatment with two friends. She chose Kim and Coryn. Kim expressed that she missed Sarah.

Janice Dickinson, a former panel judge, photographed the remaining contestants in the following plastic surgery-themed photo shoot. Each contestant was photographed as if she had undergone a beauty enhancement procedure gone over the top, as follows:

BreCheek Implants
CorynAnti-wrinkle Injections
DianeBreast Reduction
JaylaButt Implant
KimBreast Implants
KyleLip Injection
LisaFace Lift
NicoleFake Tan
NikExtreme Hair Extensions

During the photo shoot Lisa had a conversation with Janice, who told her not to "diss" the other girls since Lisa stated that she was "by far the healthiest of the girls," which caused the other contestants to tell Janice that Lisa "dissed everyone." At the end, this caused Lisa to break down, because of what Janice said. Nik had to shoot nude because Jay, Janice, and other crew members did not like the dress that she had to wear. They decided she would shoot nude with the hair covering her as she sat down and only wearing stilettos. Nik was a little worried at first because her parents did not want her shooting nude. At panel Kyle wowed the judges, with judge Nigel Barker calling it "One of his favorite photos of the cycle." Nik, Coryn, and Jayla impressed the judges, but Diane failed to show her personality more and landed in the bottom two together with Bre, who wasn't strong enough to handle criticism (despite a strong photo). In the end Bre was saved and Diane was eliminated due to lack of confidence and inability to own her curves.

The Girl Who Loves Bubbles And Talks To Plants[edit]

First aired October 19, 2005

The girls had Iman show them how to use food to apply makeup to their faces. Later that day, they were given a three-minute interview for an organic product. Kyle won the challenge and was given a mock interview as a spokesperson for a product and picked Nicole to countdown the 5 greatest supermodels of all times with her on The Fabulous Life of Supermodels special on VH1. After the challenge ended, tensions flared between a critical argument over Lisa and Coryn. Tyra later dropped by the house to talk to the models about vices such as smoking and drinking. The show implies that the talk was due to Lisa's actions and the concerns of the other girls around her drinking and breakdowns.

Later, they had a challenge where they had to complete a commercial shoot, photo shoot, and press interview, all advertising Secret deodorant, in the space of thirty minutes. Behind the scenes, there was a lot of drama, because Jayla stole Nik's secret, on camera, making Nik and other girls upset. Originally Nik was going to say she was afraid of the dark and slept with a night light and Jayla was going to say she was afraid of the dark. However once on camera Jayla said she was afraid of the dark and they stopped her commercial. When they did take two she said she slept with a night light. This caused Nik to lose sight of her objective and ultimately deliver a bad interview. The girls' secrets used in the commercial as follows:

BreLoves men's underwear
CorynAfraid of heights
JaylaAfraid of dark
KimWalks and talks tough but screams like a girl
KyleLikes to sing and dance in front of a mirror
LisaTells herself she's beautiful every day
NicoleEats ice cream in bed
NikAfraid of dark and sleeps with night light

The undeclared prize was that the girl with the strongest photograph would have her picture run as an actual advertisement for the product in print media. The judges agreed that Lisa had the strongest performance this week, but they chose Nicole's photo as the best one, and selected it. Meanwhile Kim and Jayla also did well on both. Bre had a great commercial and interview but her photo was criticized. Nik's lack of focus and poor performance during her commercial landed her in the bottom two with Coryn who was eliminated because she could not overcome her melancholy demeanor.

The Girls Who Are 1940s Pin-ups[edit]

First aired October 26, 2005

The girls were coached in a black-and-white photo shoot with Tyra assisting them. They then went to a boot camp where they had to do all sorts of physical activities, including crawling in the mud, and then directly (without changing or showering) to a go-see with Elle Girl, a challenge which Lisa won, allowing her to meet and be taught by fashion stylist Todd Hallman.

The contestants shot advertisements for Ford Fusion dressed as Vargas "pin-up" girls. They also learned that the future winner of the cycle would have her picture run in magazines as a real ad. Kim, Jayla, and Lisa once again impressed the judges, while Kyle was eliminated in this round as she failed to be expressive in her face in the pin-up shot and use the potential she had to stand out in photo shoots.

The Girl Who Wants To Step On The Pretty Flower[edit]

First aired November 2, 2005

Is a flash back episode about the girls. It included Lisa's drinking problem and the fight with Coryn and Lisa.

The Girl Whose Boyfriend Is Cheating On Her[edit]

First aired November 9, 2005

The girls went to see a photoshoot featuring Cycle 3's winner Eva Pigford and learned some valuable information from her about entourage, and proceeded to have a challenge in which they had to choose their own entourage. They had to also impress Benny Medina by doing a storyboard on their lives, and Kim won. She got to guest star in an episode of Veronica Mars. The girls then did a photoshoot with Wild Boyz, who helped portray various scenarios that were meant to annoy and anger the girls.

BreStolen underwear
JaylaPlaying with the dog
KimPool stunts
LisaStolen make-up
NicoleCheating boyfriend (with Kim)
NikStolen dress

Steve-O seemed to take a particular shine to Nicole, but Wee Man's immature personality did not sit well with Bre, and neither did Lisa's proclamation that she was going to urinate in a diaper while on-set. Meanwhile Nik and Kim did well, Bre stepped up and wowed Jay and the judges. Nicole and Jayla failed to impress the judges with their photographs and were called forward as the bottom two. Tyra shocked the contestants by announcing that both girls were "packing their bags," then revealed a picture of the Union Jack. Both girls were still in the running to becoming America's Next Top Model because everyone would be packing their bags to go to London.

The Girl Who Talks Behind Everyone's Back[edit]

First aired November 16, 2005

The girls got a visit from Jenny Shimizu which inspired Kim as well as a lesson about image where they saw bad pictures of them. While Nik was phoning a friend, Kim made a joke to the person on the other end, irritating her. They then took passport pictures, which was revealed to be a challenge that Bre won. She picked Nik to share her prize. Then each of the girls got a message from their close ones. They finally took their plane, much to Lisa's relief, who was getting impatient. In the limo, Kim was confronted by Nik, Jayla and Bre about talking about people behind their backs when she caught Nik and Bre talking about her. After being told by Bre that she had an ugly character, Kim started to cry and apologized.

The girls arrived in London Heathrow Airport where Miss J escorted them for being ambushed by paparazzi and photographed by them. They then moved into Savoy Hotel as their loft (for the remainder of the competition) and later that night two English gentlemen took Bre and Nik out on a carriage in London, while Kim wrote an apology letter but Nik and Bre were still not convinced. The girls then posed together in a phone booth with only underwear, their galoshes, and a newspaper to cover themselves, as if they had been caught by paparazzi.

At judging, it was revealed that the paparazzi "attack" was a judging test and Jayla was the only one without a bad picture. Bre was noted for taking another strong shot and so was Nik. Jayla & Lisa, two frontrunners and fast friends, despite both taking greats photos, fell into the bottom two. Jayla was told even though she took great photos alone, when paired with other girls she blended in. Despite having a stronger photo, Lisa was sent home because her spitfire personality came across as arrogance.

The Girl Who Retaliates[edit]

First aired November 23, 2005

For this week's challenge, the girls had to pose as statues in a park. Nicole struggled as pigeons surrounded her because she has a fear of birds, while Nik won, and chose Jayla and Bre for the prize – a shopping spree worth $15,000 at Harrods; ($10,000 for Nik and $5,000 for Bre and Jayla). Back at the hotel, Bre had discovered her opened granola bars were stolen and she threw out Nicole's Red Bull in a sink. Later, the five remaining contestants then posed as modern interpretations of classical art in an advertisement for Quench body lotion by Olay.

ModelRecreated Painting
BreMona Lisa
JaylaWhistler's Mother
KimThe Birth of Venus
NicoleGirl with a Pearl Earring
NikVitruvian Man

An argument brewed between Bre and Nicole over Bre's stolen granola bars. Bre thought Nicole stole them and dumped Nicole's Red Bull. Nicole wanted Bre to pay for the Red Bull. As she was leaving the room Kim walked by. Bre tried to hide them, but Kim saw her and wanted to know what she was doing. Bre ended up holding down Kim so she wouldn't be loud. Both girls were laughing and trying to be quiet. When Bre told Kim what she did Kim was upset. Kim told Nicole which made Nicole and Bre angry. Nicole for what Bre did and Bre for Kim telling Nicole. The three girls fought at the shoot.

All of the girls, with the exception of Kim, impressed the judges at panel. Bre and Kim ultimately landed in the bottom, Bre for lashing out against Nicole and Kim for her lackluster photo. While the judges were deciding who was out, Bre and Kim fought behind the scenes. Bre claimed that Kim was an "Ugly Person" and had an "Ugly Personality." Despite the fight Kim was eliminated due to a lack of consistency during the competition.

The Girl Who Takes A Pill[edit]

First aired November 30, 2005

The girls went on go-sees. They had to dress mod, bollywood, preppy, and punk. Nik won the challenge and chose Nicole to share in the prize. Nicole then picked Jayla. Nik won 100 frames. Nicole won 80 frames. Jayla won 60 frames. Bre only got 50 frames and couldn't see herself before the photo shoot. The girls then split in groups of two (Nik & Jayla, Bre & Nicole) to go see London and Bre and Nicole made up, with Bre even agreeing to compensate Nicole's energy drinks.

The final four were photographed in a Bollywood-inspired shoot to stand out in front of the crowd and reflecting the Indian influence on British fashion in recent years. Having been sick the day of the photoshoot, Bre took some medicine, which made her sleepy and made her underperform at the shoot. Afterwards, they had a dinner at an Indian restaurant with Nigel and he brought his mother (who is Sri Lankan) to introduce them and how to wear a sari properly. At panel, they had a judging test by dressing in saris. Nik and Nicole once again wowed the judges, Bre and Jayla were in the bottom two again, and Jayla was eliminated because the judges felt she wasn't strong enough to survive in the cutthroat modeling industry.

The Girl Who Is On The Cover[edit]

First aired December 7, 2005

In the season finale, Nik, Bre, and Nicole shot a CoverGirl commercial and stills. While Nik's strong performance was an improvement from her previous showing in the Secret shoot, Nicole struggled. Nik was chosen first to continue on in the final round. Nicole's bad performance in the commercial landed her in the bottom two with Bre, who was sent home in her third consecutive appearance (also her fifth collective bottom 2 appearance), because she did not seem as strong as the other two girls.

Nik and Nicole then shot a magazine cover with Tyra Banks, photographed by Gilles Bensimon, knowing that the winner's cover would be published in the February 2006 issue of Elle Girl. They then competed in the final runway competition, in which previous Top Model winners Eva Pigford and Naima Mora participated. At the final elimination panel, the judges favored both Nicole's walk and look and Nik's final performances in the Covergirl shoot, and Nicole was subsequently selected to be the fifth winner of America's Next Top Model.


(ages listed are at time of contest)

Ashley Black[3]221.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)Fort Lauderdale, FloridaEliminated in Episode 2
Ebony Taylor[4]181.78 m (5 ft 10 in)Malibu, CaliforniaEliminated in Episode 3
Cassandra Whitehead191.70 m (5 ft 7 in)Houston, TexasQuit in Episode 4
Sarah Rhoades181.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)Boonville, MissouriEliminated in Episode 4
Diane Hernández231.80 m (5 ft 11 in)Orlando, FloridaEliminated in Episode 5
Coryn Woitel191.75 m (5 ft 9 in)Minneapolis, MinnesotaEliminated in Episode 6
Kyle Kavanagh191.78 m (5 ft 10 in)Dexter, MichiganEliminated in Episode 7
Lisa D'Amato241.75 m (5 ft 9 in)Los Angeles, CaliforniaEliminated in Episode 10
Kimberly "Kim" Stolz211.73 m (5 ft 8 in)Bronx, New YorkEliminated in Episode 11
Jayla Rubinelli201.73 m (5 ft 8 in)Tucson, ArizonaEliminated in Episode 12
Brittany "Bre" Scullark201.73 m (5 ft 8 in)Harlem, New YorkEliminated in Episode 13
Erika "Nik" Pace211.73 m (5 ft 8 in)Atlanta, GeorgiaRunner-up
Nicole Linkletter201.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)Grand Forks, North DakotaWinner


Call-out order[edit]

Tyra's call-out order
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant quit the competition
     The contestant was part of a non-elimination bottom two
     The contestant won the competition

Photo Shoot Guide[edit]

Other Cast Members[edit]


Post Top Model Careers[edit]


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