America's Next Top Model Cycle 8 Episode 1
The 33 contestants were sent to Los Angeles, and were immediately thrown into model boot camp.
They met Jay Manuel and J. Alexander who tested them with a quick photo shoot and a quiz on fashion-related knowledge. Later that day, they met Tyra.
After the boot camp, the semi-finalists went into a room with Tyra, Jay and Miss J, to tell them about themselves. Some memorable auditions included a girl named Micheline, who had at least 20 tattoos on her body, Natasha telling them how she was only 18 when she got married to a man in his forties, and Dionne calling her hair color "1B-30." After the interviews, the field was pared down to twenty contestants. At a party hosted by Marc Ecko, the contestants each had their pictures taken, and the final thirteen were chosen based on these photos.
Title: The Girl Who Won't Stop Talking (First Hour)
Finalists (in order of elimination):
Kathleen DuJour, 20, from Brooklyn, New York
Samantha Francis, 19, from Pinson, Alabama
Cassandra Watson, 24, from Seattle, Washington
Felicia Provost, 19, from Houston, Texas
Diana Zalewski, 21, from Garfield, New Jersey
Sarah VonderHaar, 20, from Lake Zurich, Illinois
Whitney Cunningham, 21, from West Palm Beach, Florida
Jael Strauss, 22, from Detroit, Michigan
Brittany Hatch, 21, from Savannah, Georgia
Dionne Walters, 20, from Montgomery, Alabama
Renee Alway, 20, from Maui, Hawaii
Natasha Galkina, 21, from Dallas, Texas Runner-Up
Jaslene Gonzalez, 20, from Detroit, Michigan (Winner)
Well I don't know what I'm doing. That's why I'm here, so they can show me, and I'll try to follow along because it's just modeling. We're not curing cancer here.”— Jael Strauss