In Los Angeles, Tyra Banks, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander narrow down thousands of aspiring models to 33 semi-finalists. The group is put to work right away to partake in a revealing photo shoot on a Sunset Strip rooftop. The models move into their stunning new house and drama immediately unfolds as 13 girls vie for 11 beds. Later, Tyra's dramatic appearance kicks off a controversial photo shoot. One of the 13 models is eliminated. Special guests include "Swirl Twins" Ron and Richard Harris, and photographers Bryan Lynn and Don & Bronson.
Tyra makes a surprise visit to the house to announce that the girls will be getting makeovers by beauty guru Frederic Fekkai. One girl has a meltdown over her new haircut but they all must use their new looks to compete in a fast-paced makeup challenge that is judged by Queen Latifah. One model returns to the house a sore loser and causes a fight that amps up the competition for a "hair wars" photo shoot. One model is eliminated. Special guests include Queen Latifah, photographer & guest judge Tracy Bayne, and hairstylist Frederic Fekkai.
Runway expert J. Alexander prepares the models for their rockiest challenge yet. The winner of the challenge and two friends jet off to work a star-studded fashion show with some past seasons' Top Models. Later, the girls have to rock a catwalk suspended over water, but one girl's sickness lands her in the hospital. One model is eliminated.
The models learn to strike an extreme pose from a contortionist and are put to the test in a high fashion challenge with an extravagant prize. At the photo shoot, the girls turn into circus freaks, but its household gossip that leaves one girl in tears.
A red carpet challenge with Janice Dickinson leaves some of the girls speechless. The stars come out at a photo shoot where the models are transformed into celebrity couples. Back at the house, one of the twins reveals something very personal.
Tyra picks up her camera for a "scary" impromptu photo shoot. But a few models struggle when burlesque icon Dita VonTeese asks them to get in touch with their sexy side. Romance novel cover boy Fabio shows up for an unforgettable photo shoot.
With the finale only five weeks away, never-before-seen footage includes Monique's kitchen meltdown and Jaeda's best Tyra Banks impersonation. This episode recaps the process that the seven remaining girls have survived in hopes of becoming America's Next Top Model.
Pro Athlete/Model Gabrielle Reece teaches the girls the art of action modeling while they bump, set and spike. The models get even more physical with Nascar driver Stanton Barrett for a competition where the winner has to act fast to claim her prize. Then the girls fly during a daring photo shoot at a skydiving training facility.
During an intense acting challenge, one model chastises the group while another reveals something traumatic in her past. The model who expresses herself the best lands a role on a CW hit show. Later, the models freak out when Tyra delivers news of their overseas trip. Things heat up when the models shoot a sultry commercial in a foreign language with a male model.
The models hit the foreign streets with their portfolios to meet local designers. One model has a breakdown when she gets lost in the city. At the photo shoot with Nigel Barker, the girls face off against an angry bull while striking dramatic poses. One model makes a comment to Nigel that she later regrets.
In Barcelona, the models' nerves are wearing thin. After a Flamenco photo shoot challenge, one girl breaks down in tears when her dancing is criticized. In unlikely pairs, the models float in a pool of icy water as Tyra directs their photo shoot. One girl must bow out of the shoot early as hypothermia begins to set in.
The last three models standing must be on point for the most important commercial and photo shoot yet. The two models that shine at the shoot will remain and compete in a pivotal runway show for the judges. The final two glide down a cavernous catwalk in couture bridal gowns like true top models. At one point during the show, a mishap occurs between the competitors, causing one last catfight to erupt. The judges decide who will become "America's Next Top Model."