The competition heats up as "America's Next Top Model" returns, featuring male and female aspiring models competing for a career-launching prize package. The contestants participate in their first runway show and, during a photo shoot on the streets of Hollywood, the semi-finalists have to pose while the public votes on them. One model struggles with the decision of whether or not to stay in the competition, while judges Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans and Tyra Banks use the social media scores from the photo shoot to aid them in choosing the competition's top sixteen finalists.
The models have to compete in a vertical runway down the side of a building in the pouring rain. Then, the contestants are paired up and photographed in a mock-wedding photo shoot, which brings back painful memories for a recently divorced model.
The models get a lesson in chemistry as they pose alongside sexy supermodels Alessandra Ambrossio and Rob Evans in a risqué photo shoot. The contestants get make-overs, where, surprisingly, a few of the men have meltdowns over their new looks.
The models have their balance tested when they have to walk on a spinning runway during a turntable challenge judged by the editor-in-chief of Nylon Magazine, Marvin Scott Jarrett. Then, the contestants are styled in "trailer-park chic" for a photo shoot.
Tensions run high when some of the models accuse another of abusing her power in the house. The guys and girls act as fashion correspondents in a challenge led by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Then, their acting skills are put to the test when they shoot a fragrance commercial with a role-reversing twist.
The guys play a prank on one of the girls, which throws her off her game. At a photo shoot where the models take on the nail art craze, things start to go badly when a few of the models who have become close get distracted after arguing.
After a challenge has the models exploring the streets of Los Angeles in their underwear, one of the guys can't take the pressure and breaks down. At a photo shoot, where paint is thrown on the models, a few of the models are out of their element and fear it will show in their photos.
Two of the models get overly confident, but end up booking no runway shows, which shatters their self-confidence. One of the girls gets distracted at the photo shoot because of her crush on one of the guys and, in a twist, two of the eliminated models get the chance to come back to compete.
Behind-the-scenes confessions, flirtations and meltdowns among the guys and girls are revealed in the never-before-seen footage.
The models get tested at a commercial shoot to do ridiculous requests with a fake director played by comedian Reggie Watts. At a "flawsome" photo shoot, which highlights flaws to show they are beautiful, one of the models can't focus because of a fight between the girls and the guys in the house.
The guys and girls go to Bali, where they have to model swimwear while trying to walk under water and one of the guys suffers a panic attack. At a photo shoot at the local zoo, the models have to pose with snakes and leopards, where two of the models fail to perform out of fear of the animals.
While in Bali, the models embrace the culture during an outdoor photo shoot, where one model in particular has a bad attitude that affects his performance. Two of the models lose sight of the goal to win the competition and instead focus on their affection for one another.
A workout challenge brings out the competitive side of the guys. Later, the guys and girls have to pose while hanging upside down with bats, and one of the models struggles to take a good photo.
Past contestants come back to assist the final three models and one finalist is upset that the group is not supportive of her. During a photo shoot for Guess, tensions mount when the models are intensely critiqued. Later, in a twist, the eliminated contestants are put to the test when offered a cash prize.
The final two models battle it out in a fierce runway show and the pressure is on as the final photo shoot is shot by Tyra herself.