Since its first cycle in 2003, America's Next Top Model has been a launching pad for the careers of young, aspiring models. It isn't an easy process, though: from a pool of thousands, Tyra Banks
, the show's host, will select about a dozen contestants to live in a house together. Each week, the girls will be awarded a new modeling gig to test their chops as potential models. Past cycles have proven that nothing is off limits: girls will be asked to do anything from pose on the back of a race horse to stripping off every ounce of clothing. At the end the show, Tyra's panel of selected judges will evaluate the quality of the shots of each girl as well as their potential to be high fashion models. One girl will get the axe every week until the group has been pared down to the final contestant and winner of America's Next Top Model.
Two constants on America's Next Top Model are, of course, Tyra Banks
, as well as her photo shoot director, Jay Manuel
. The show is notable for its rotating panel of judges, the most famous of which must be loud-mouthed former supermodel Janice Dickinson
. Judges from earlier cycles include models Twiggy and Paulina Porizkova
, designer Kimora Lee Simmons
and runway coach J. Alexander.