Shocking Rules America's Next Top Models Follow

Tyra Banks created America's Next Top Model (ANTM), a hit reality show that has been on our screens for over 20 seasons! Filled with drama, every episode brings us a new twist, but did you know about the long list of absurd rules aspiring models must follow? From a strict schedule to the extreme makeovers, being on Top is no walk in the park!  

Image Credit: Getty Images / Model and TV personality Tyra Banks visits Build Studio to discuss the show "America's Next Top Model" at Build Studio on January 9, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Model and TV personality Tyra Banks visits Build Studio to discuss the show "America's Next Top Model" at Build Studio on January 9, 2018 in New York City.


20. Models Must Confess Their Feelings Every Episode 

If you have ever watched an episode of ANTM, you'll instantly remember the regular confessionals made by the contestants. These are mandatory, and a slot of 20-30 minutes is dedicated to recording this at the end of every day on set. Talk about being dedicated! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Model Tyra Banks on stage at America's Next Top Model Cycle 5 Finale Event after party held at the The Avalon on December 7, 2005 in Los Angeles.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Model Tyra Banks on stage at America's Next Top Model Cycle 5 Finale Event after party held at the The Avalon on December 7, 2005 in Los Angeles.


19. Psych Testing Is A Must 

Being on a high stakes reality show that is entirely unscripted can be taxing for anybody. To appear on the show, the aspiring models have to undergo quite a few hours of psychological testing. This will determine their personality types and assist with the screening and process going forward. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / ANTM Host and Creator Tyra Banks (L) and ANTM Judge J. Alexander attend the "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 22 Premiere Party presented by OPPO and NYLON on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood.

Image Credit: Getty Images / ANTM Host and Creator Tyra Banks (L) and ANTM Judge J. Alexander attend the "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 22 Premiere Party presented by OPPO and NYLON on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood.


18. Be Prepared For Extreme Challenges 

America's Next Top Model has never shied away from crazy challenges. Every season promises more significant and better tasks for the contestants and the viewers at home. For example, they have to come face to face with fears like heights or posing with some scary creatures like snakes and spiders!  

Image Credit: Youtube / MsMojo | America's Next Top Model, CBS Television Distribution.

Image Credit: Youtube / MsMojo | America's Next Top Model, CBS Television Distribution.


17. Models Say Goodbye To Technology  

TVs, the Internet, and any sort of cellphones are prohibited while filming for the show. This is done to avoid sharing spoilers and to keep the models solely focused on the project at hand with zero distractions. The models may make a few brief calls occasionally, but it is not common. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Host Tyra Banks attends the "America's Next Top Model: College Edition, Cycle 19" Premiere at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on August 22, 2012.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Host Tyra Banks attends the "America's Next Top Model: College Edition, Cycle 19" Premiere at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on August 22, 2012.

Season cycle 20 contestant, Don shared

“We had maybe five-minute phone call time a week, so it was really hard to not be able to talk to nobody, to know what was going on in the regular world. There was no news. No TV. No internet. No iPhones. Just the pleasure of each other’s company.”

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans and Tyra Banks attend the "America's Next Top Model: College Edition, Cycle 19" Premiere at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on August 22, 2012.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kelly Cutrone, Rob Evans and Tyra Banks attend the "America's Next Top Model: College Edition, Cycle 19" Premiere at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on August 22, 2012.


16. Model's Can Say No, But It Won't Look Good 

America's Next Top Model is a serious business, and the contestants know what they are signing up for before the time. Yet, some things may go against what they stand for. If this is this case, they can refuse to participate in competitions, but it will not always be received well by Tyra or the judges.  

Image Credit: Getty Images / Host Tyra Banks, art director of photo shoots Jay Manual and runway expert J. Alexander and deliberate during the final casting week on AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Host Tyra Banks, art director of photo shoots Jay Manual and runway expert J. Alexander and deliberate during the final casting week on AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.


15. Prior Experience Is Not Allowed 

This rule was set up by ANTM so that no model has an unfair advantage when they enter the show. They can thus not enter if they had any experience five years prior to signing up. This will ensure that the show finds diamonds in the rough that are merely waiting to be discovered and polished. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Supermodel Tyra Banks (R) and winner of UPN'S "America's Next Top Model" Yoanna House (L) attend the finale party held at the Key Club, March 23, 2004 in Hollywood.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Supermodel Tyra Banks (R) and winner of UPN'S "America's Next Top Model" Yoanna House (L) attend the finale party held at the Key Club, March 23, 2004 in Hollywood.


14. Remain Behind Even After Elimination 

Back in the early days of this hit series, social media was not yet as big as it is today. As time progressed, the producers realized models would spoil the show online once they were eliminated. The new rules now indicate that contestants are required to stay in a hotel for the duration of the show, so they can't release any spoilers! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Host Tyra Banks, art director of photo shoots Jay Manual and runway expert J. Alexander and deliberate during the final casting week on AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Host Tyra Banks, art director of photo shoots Jay Manual and runway expert J. Alexander and deliberate during the final casting week on AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.


13. Stay In The Apartment 24/7 

It might seem like the contestants are living it up in their rented apartments in lavish cities, but imagine having to stay indoors apart from the time filming. It can become challenging to entertain themselves regularly without any form of technology near them. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 22 premiere party at Greystone Manor on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood.

Image Credit: Getty Images / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 22 premiere party at Greystone Manor on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood.


12. Hard Work Is Mandatory 

ANTM contestants are sometimes videoed lounging around in their home or spending time with Tyra Banks, but this "chill" time is actually very limited in real life. The models work extremely hard with their alarm clocks going off at 5 am, and they only get back home around midnight.

Image Credit: Getty Images / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends the release of the "America's Next Top Model" mobile game at Avalon on May 3, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends the release of the "America's Next Top Model" mobile game at Avalon on May 3, 2018 in Hollywood, California.


11. Judges Never Get Friendly With The Models 

The beloved and beautiful judge Nolé Marin revealed that there is minimal interaction between them and the contestants. In fact, the judges are discouraged from mingling with the aspiring models as it can potentially influence their decision making if they make friends. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Icon Twiggy, runway expert J. Alexander, creator and executive producer Tyra Banks and photographer Nigel Barker serve as the panel of judges in AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Icon Twiggy, runway expert J. Alexander, creator and executive producer Tyra Banks and photographer Nigel Barker serve as the panel of judges in AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL.


10. Auditioning Is A Slow And Difficult Process 

America's Next Top Model is very similar to American Idol when it comes to the auditioning process. The girls and guys stand in long lines for hours on end before getting a chance to interact with the judges (these won't be Tyra or Miss J). After multiple rounds, there are more or less 100 contents who actually see the TV judges and Tyra. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Tyra Banks, creator and executive producer, at the monitors of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Tyra Banks, creator and executive producer, at the monitors of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.


9. The Models Must Always Be Camera Ready 

These days most reality shows are scripted, yet ANTM stays true to its candid and natural repetiteur. The models thus have to be presentable and camera for most of the day because the crew never knows when the drama will strike. They do their best to create great television that will draw in lots of viewers. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Americas Next Top Model Creator, Executive Producer and Supermodel Tyra Banks directs a photo shoot for the new group of model hopefuls on the third cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Americas Next Top Model Creator, Executive Producer and Supermodel Tyra Banks directs a photo shoot for the new group of model hopefuls on the third cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.


8. They Have No Say On The Show's Editing 

The producers can indeed cut and paste footage to create drama for the sake of ratings. The models are sometimes portrayed in very negative or positive manners, as this will intrigue audiences. These contestants genuinely have no say in how they are made to look on screen.  

Image Credit: Getty Images / Ashley Graham, Tyra Banks and Drew Elliott attend the Build Series to discuss the new season of 'America's Next Top Model' at Build Studio on January 9, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Ashley Graham, Tyra Banks and Drew Elliott attend the Build Series to discuss the new season of 'America's Next Top Model' at Build Studio on January 9, 2018 in New York City.


7. The Screaming And Cheering For Tyra Is Staged 

While most of the show is raw and real, there was one aspect that had to be staged. Victoria Marshman, a contestant in Cycle 9, explained that the models only cheered for Tyra Banks when she came into the room because it was awkward when they were too calm about it initially. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Supermodel Tyra Banks attends UPN'S "America's Next Top Model" finale party held at the Key Club, March 23, 2004 in Hollywood.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Supermodel Tyra Banks attends UPN'S "America's Next Top Model" finale party held at the Key Club, March 23, 2004 in Hollywood.


6. Models Can Only Talk On Camera 

If you think the models are only filming for a couple of hours every day, you are wrong. The contestants spend most of the day shooting footage and only have permission to speak to each other when the cameras are rolling. This will allow all of the topics to be covered on-air and ensure nothing is missed.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Americas Next Top Model Creator, Executive Producer and Supermodel Tyra Banks directs a photo shoot for the new group of model hopefuls on the third cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Americas Next Top Model Creator, Executive Producer and Supermodel Tyra Banks directs a photo shoot for the new group of model hopefuls on the third cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL on UPN.


5. There Is No Luxury Treatment In The ANTM Loft 

Contestants of America's Next Top Model stay in gorgeous apartments and often get to meet influential people, but that doesn't mean every aspect of their lives is glamourous. They are required to cook their own food, and the worst part is that they have to pay for it themselves! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / "America's Next Top Model" cast members Diana Zalewski, Whitney Cunningham, Jaslene Gonzalez, Tyra Banks, Natasha Galkina and CariDee English attend The CW Network Upfront at Madison Square Garden, May 17, 2007.

Image Credit: Getty Images / "America's Next Top Model" cast members Diana Zalewski, Whitney Cunningham, Jaslene Gonzalez, Tyra Banks, Natasha Galkina and CariDee English attend The CW Network Upfront at Madison Square Garden, May 17, 2007.


4. Natural Features Are Encouraged  

The show surely encourages natural features. The producers and judges constantly ask models to remain all-natural; this can also lead to issues. In the past, some have been hesitant to remove their weaves or makeup, which is a crucial part of the auditioning and screening. The now-famous Winnie Harlow gained fame thanks to her stint on the show! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Winnie Harlow attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Winnie Harlow attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills.


3. A Therapist Is On Call 

This is a true secret that not many may know about life on ANTM. It is undoubtedly true that being bunched together with an array of different people for days on end in a high-pressure environment will bring conflict; thus, the show has made arrangements for this.

Image Credit: Getty Images / ANTM Host and Creator Tyra Banks (L) and ANTM Judge J. Alexander attend the "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 22 Premiere Party presented by OPPO and NYLON on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood.

Image Credit: Getty Images / ANTM Host and Creator Tyra Banks (L) and ANTM Judge J. Alexander attend the "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 22 Premiere Party presented by OPPO and NYLON on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood.

To help the contents deal with eliminations, being cut off from their families and technology, there is a therapist on standby that will be there to speak with them if needs be. This is certainly a very clever move by ANTM as it will cover their backs and make sure the contestants are okay. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Supermodel Tyra Banks attends the premiere party for Cycle 21 of "America's Next Top Model" presented by NYLON magazine.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Supermodel Tyra Banks attends the premiere party for Cycle 21 of "America's Next Top Model" presented by NYLON magazine.


2. Success Is Not Guaranteed

Did you know that success post-ANTM is not always a guarantee? That's right, girls go through immense stress and sometimes it's all for nothing. The winner of cycle 7 of America's Next Top Model, CariDee English, explained that it was not a walk in the park once she gained the titles.

Image Credit: Getty Images / "America's Next Top Model" cast members Diana Zalewski, Whitney Cunningham, Jaslene Gonzalez, Tyra Banks, Natasha Galkina and CariDee English attend The CW Network Upfront at Madison Square Garden, May 17, 2007.

Image Credit: Getty Images / "America's Next Top Model" cast members Diana Zalewski, Whitney Cunningham, Jaslene Gonzalez, Tyra Banks, Natasha Galkina and CariDee English attend The CW Network Upfront at Madison Square Garden, May 17, 2007.

In fact, it is very difficult for them to build a successful career after the series. CariDee expressed the following sentiments, "we became instant celebs but had the portfolio of a rookie model. Even though we just were named 'top,' our place in line at Fashion World was at the bottom."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen pose for a photo as they arrive for the Victoria Secrets Party at Geisha November 12, 2004 in Los Angeles.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen pose for a photo as they arrive for the Victoria Secrets Party at Geisha November 12, 2004 in Los Angeles.


1. The Extreme Makeovers Are Out Of Their Control 

One of the most beloved and anticipated episodes in every season of America's Next Top Model simply has to be the extreme makeover day. This episode follows the aspiring models as they receive a big change in their outward appearance, solely decided upon by Tyra.

Image Credit: Youtube / The List | America's Next Top Model, CBS Television Distribution.

Image Credit: Youtube / The List | America's Next Top Model, CBS Television Distribution.

This massive alteration is meant to strengthen their model look, but sometimes it does the opposite. In the past, we have seen contestants, cry, and scream as this process takes place. Yet, it is all part of their journey on ANTM. If the models refuse the makeover (which often includes going bald), their chances of staying on the show are not good.

Image Credit: Youtube / The List | America's Next Top Model, CBS Television Distribution.

Image Credit: Youtube / The List | America's Next Top Model, CBS Television Distribution.

What do you think about some of these absurd rules and regulations the girls and guys of America's Next Top Model have to follow? We certainly can't believe the surprising facts and hope the rising models gain some success from the show each season. Leave us your comments, and be sure to click the share button if you liked this article. 

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