Supermodel Tyra Banks takes the 14 new ladies to a rooftop in New York City to spring the good news that they will immediately be heading to Jamaica for a sexy swimsuit shoot; but when the girls arrive at this tropical paradise, they are shocked to learn that one will be eliminated before the trip's end.
Tyra and Jay Manuel give the aspiring models dramatic makeovers at an upscale New York City salon, and after confiding to one of her housemates that she has an eating disorder, one of the girls gets a harsh lesson in trust and competition when she discovers that her secret has spread through the house.
When the girls are challenged to star in a glamorous runway fashion show for famous designers Heatherette, one model has trouble staying in her outfit, another has trouble staying on the runway and one model's success on the catwalk stirs up jealously from the others that builds and explodes into confrontation. Later, believing one of her housemates is stealing, a crafty competitor sets a trap in hopes of catching the alleged thief red-handed.
The ladies learn the nuances of sexy posing from none other than sassy supermodel Janice Dickinson and later are challenged to pose while wearing revealing lingerie in a New York City storefront window as passersby look on; meanwhile, after a few rounds of heated competition, one model's confidence is so shaken that she can't look herself in the mirror without bursting into tears.
One of the models seems to be loosening up around the others, so much so that she shares a playful kiss with another. Meanwhile, Tyra Banks sends the ladies to be evaluated by some of New York's top fashion designers, including Nicole Miller, Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore, and Marc Bouwer, but the appointments turn into a disaster for some after they get lost trying to help one model buy shoes.
After meeting with style and publicity experts who discuss image and personal style, the models face a red carpet photo challenge where one competitor seems to have undergone a sharp personality change for the worse, another suffers from the diva syndrome and a third offends another when she openly discusses her distaste towards her to an US Weekly reporter. Later, the ladies must pose covered in diamonds and a live tarantula, which sends one of them into hysterics.
Later, the girls acting skills are put to the test once again when they must shoot a Campbell's Soup TV commercial in the local language with a director who doesn't speak any English. When one model has a tough time with her performance during the shoot, she stirs controversy by saying she hopes another model 'bites it.' One of the remaining 6 models is eliminated.
The girls are separately left to their own devices to navigate the streets of Tokyo in a mad dash to find an outfit that represents Tokyo street style to present to a Japanese fashion designer. As time ticks away, one competitor gets lost as she searches for her final destination.
The mounting pressure begins to take its toll on the three remaining girls as one expresses her blatant dislike for another competitor, and the final challenges determine who will be named America's Next Top Model.
A revealing look at how the lives and careers of the girls from AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL cycle 3 were transformed after appearing on the hit dramality show, including never-before-seen footage of winner Eva's life as a top model. In New York, Amanda faces a deeply personal and emotional decision to continue her career and Yaya hits the ground running bursting into the fashion industry.