Tyra Banks flies 32 aspiring models to Los Angeles, and they are immediately thrown into model boot-camp led by glam squad captains Jay Manuel and J. Alexander. Tyra surprises the girls with a military-style pep talk, and the competition gets rough as strong personalities rise and the catfights begin. The final 13 move into their extravagant Hollywood Hills mansion and are whisked away to their first photo shoot with Nigel Barker. The shoot proves to be controversial and has one model very confused.
Runway expert J. Alexander makes a grand appearance and the girls get "schooled" in the art of walking the runway. The girls participate in a prom-themed fashion show and one model who thinks she rocked it gets some negative criticism. Later, the girls pose in a challenging photo shoot portraying high school clichés. The praise one model receives makes another model jealous. The judges eliminate one model.
At a Beverly Hills salon, Tyra, Jay Manuel, J. Alexander and celebrity hairstylist Neeko transform the models with unbelievable makeovers; one model's makeover changes twice while another's new look is painful. Later, a call from home devastates one of the girls and a nude candy-coated photo shoot leaves one model very nervous.
Watch out Madonna! The girls learn the art of posing with "vogueing" superstar Benny Ninja. The competition takes a nearly impossible turn during a high-tech mission where the models are challenged to duck, dive and pose through a laser maze. Later, the girls must bring life to a deathly crime scene photo shoot.
The girls get a tough lesson about what to wear and what not to wear by two fashion mavens. Next, the models must work in groups to create a department store display using themselves as mannequins. One model takes the advice of her teammates, but later takes all the credit for it. At the photo shoot, the girls must transcend their gender by posing as men alongside male models who pose as women. One model shocks everyone as she transforms into her male character. The judges send one model home.
The models get a history lesson from Twiggy on how she got her nickname and are challenged to create a name for their persona. The models must use their new name and make an impression at a Hollywood Hills party filled with celebrities. One model gets too friendly with rap star 50 Cent, and makes a splash after getting thrown in the pool while another model jumps in after her. The two drenched models are embarrassed when they meet well-known manager Benny Medina and his entourage. Later, Tyra gets involved when one model is confronted by her competitors with harsh opinions. At the photo shoot, the girls show off four of their inner personalities. The judges send one model home.
The models get a crash course in character acting from actress Tia Mowry, then are immediately thrown into an acting challenge with Efren Ramirez, the famous Pedro from "Napoleon Dynamite.". The best actor and her friend get an unexpected visit, causing one model to have an emotional breakdown. Excitement rises when Top Models of the past show up for a photo shoot that highlights the most scandalous moments of the series.
The girls get the low-down on how to be a great host from ANTM veteran April Wilkner. Tyra makes an unforgettable entrance and reveals that the final six are going to Australia. The moment they land, the girls are immediately put to work and must interview the locals using Aussie slang. At the crack of dawn, they head to the Outback for a Cover Girl commercial, but one girl struggles to remember her lines. The judges send home one model.
With the finale only five weeks away, never-before-seen footage includes Dionne and Renee going toe-to-toe in a heated argument. At the house the girls stage a mock fashion show, complete with impersonations of the top model judges. This episode recaps the process that the six remaining girls have survived in hopes of becoming "America's Next Top Model".
The five remaining models are sent on "go sees" to top Australian designers and must use their personality, portfolio and runway walk to impress them. One model surprises the designers by asking to keep the clothes, while another doesn't make it back in time and explodes into a fit of rage. At the photo shoot, the girls must work a swimsuit in two ways. Tyra shoots them in sensual poses for a women's magazine, however, they must also strike sexy poses for a men's magazine. One model impresses Tyra while another falls flat. The judges send home one model.
The final four models visit with Aboriginal teachers for a lesson on self expression and storytelling. That night, they go out on the town in Sydney, but one model stays home sick and the others take the opportunity to talk behind her back. At the photo shoot, each girl expresses themselves through Aboriginal dance, wearing traditional clothing and body paint. One girl complains bitterly about dancing while another embraces it. At elimination, Tyra asks each model who they think has the most potential, and things get heated when one model is verbally attacked. The judges send one girl home.
The final three must use everything they have learned thus far in the competition for the penultimate shoot: a commercial and a national print ad for CoverGirl. Top Model 7 winner & CoverGirl model Caridee English stops by the set to share some words of wisdom. One model struggles to look youthful in her shot while another needs coaching from Jay to say her lines naturally. The judges send one model home. The final two go head-to-head in a glamorous fashion show with the Sydney harbor as the backdrop. After an arduous deliberation, the judges decide who will be America's Next Top Model. In addition to Caridee English, special guests include fashion designers Sarah-Jane Clark & Heidi Middleton of Sass & Bide, and photographer Jordan Doner.