America's Next Top Model (now retroactively known as America's Next Top Model, Cycle 1) is a reality show hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, which aims to find the next top fashion model. This season's catch-phrase was: "One Girl has what it takes."
This was the only season to feature a cast of 10 contestants. All later cycles have featured at least 2 more contestants. The international destination for the cycle was Paris, France. The prizes for this cycle was a contract with Revlon cosmetics, a contract for representation with Wilhelmina Models and a spread within Marie Claire magazine.
20 year old Adrianne Curry from Joliet, Illinois won the competition, but has claimed that she did not receive all of her prizes, leading to a feud with Tyra Banks.
First aired May 20, 2003
Twenty semi-finalists arrived to casting and were told that only ten would move on to the finals. After the auditions however, Tyra revealed that she and the producers only could agree on eight. The eight contestants selected arrived in New York City and were escorted to the loft apartment in the Flatotel. In one room, they discovered pullout mattresses underneath their beds. Two additional contestants, Giselle and Tessa, were soon added to the group after being scouted at a separate audition, filling in for the missing two finalists.