The sixteenth season of Sims' Next Top Model premiered on October 1, 2017, roughly a month after the finale of cycle 15. This season, in contrast to many of the previous seasons, focuses on finding a model who does not necessarily fit the mold of a fashion model. For example, doors were opened up for girls who were too short, too tall, as well as too old according to most, in order to challenge beauty ideals.

This season is based in France, making it the second season not to take place in the United States, the first being cycle 10 which was based in Australia.

The prizes his season are:

  • A cover and spread in Vogue Paris.
  • A cover and spread in ELLE France.
  • An international Maybelline New York campaign.
  • A modelling contract with NU女 Models.
  • A modelling contract with Platinum Models.
  • A cash prize worth € 80,000.

Changes and twistsEdit

After the success of cycle 15, not many changes were made to this season. SaintPita alumna Yachana Vazirani, male model, photographer and host of brother show Sims' Next Top Male Model Maicle Gambardella and RED Models Manager Sin Il Hong all returned as permanent judges. Platinum Models manager Tia Kipps and NU Models manager Yu Xiao Gui are to make several appearances.


  • Top Model of the Week: Each week, starting the third week, a poll is opened following the weekly photo shoot in which the viewers get to vote for their favourite photo. Whoever receives the most votes wins immunity that week.
  • Two premieres: This season had two premieres, each introducing one half of the cast in different French cities. Despite there only being six girls in each half, the premieres followed a regular format.
  • World Tour: Brought back from cycles 9 and 12 is the World Tour format in which the contestants travel frequently to new locations all over the world. However, unlike those seasons, in this, the girls are to return to Paris following most destinations, and will not travel every single episode like in cycle 12.



From Contestant Age Height Hometown Rank
Lesotho Lesotho Andile Sibonakaliso 16 166 cm (5 ft 5 in) Maseru 28 (DQ)
Unitedstates United States Dynasteigh Banks 18 176 cm (5 ft 9½ in) Alachua 27-26 (quit)
Israel Israel Orly Sitz 23 176 cm (5 ft 9½ in) Modi'in
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Agnia Fedorova 17 172 cm (5 ft 7½ in) Almaty 25-13
Southkorea South Korea Alana Choi 18 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Ansan
France France Bergamotta "Bergie" Dubois-Lund 18 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Paris
Jamaica Jamaica Da'isha Clark 23 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Lucea
Sudan Sudan Faheema Zarouq 19 182 cm (5 ft 11½ in) Nyala
England England Josie Nolan 17 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) London
Russia Russia Louisha-Joy Fox 18 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Moscow
Unitedstates United States Meghan Lansing 28 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Oshkosh
Barbados Barbados Nella Sonne 21 181 cm (5 ft 11½ in) Gun Hill
Newzealand New Zealand Paulina Basso 20 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Nashville, U.S.
Unitedstates United States Stephanie Santos 19 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Santa Cruz
Cookislands Cook Islands Taus'afia Lanuola 24 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Avarua
Hongkong Hong Kong Viian "Vivi" Cheung 20 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) Tsing Yi
From Contestant Age Height Hometown Finish Rank
Italy Italy Abree Crespi 19 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Rome Participating
Senegal Senegal Awa Bâ 19 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) Guédiawaye
Unitedstates United States Betty Kim 18 172 cm (5 ft 7½ in) Yakima
Newcaledonia New Caledonia Emmanuelle Wenzel 18 179 cm (5 ft 10½ in) Koné
Gabon Gabon Joyce Boussougou 26 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) Port-Gentil
Armenia Armenia Khonarh Movsesyan 20 184 cm (6 ft ½ in) Vanadzor
Marshallislands Marshall Islands Ko Umemoto 18 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) Ebeye Island
Netherlands Netherlands Liv van Dijk 18 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) Kinderdijk
Vietnam Vietnam Ngô Sáng Nghĩa 19 156 cm (5 ft 1½ in) Hạ Long
Newzealand New Zealand Ripsey Sadek 26 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Napier
China China Yao Xiong 19 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Taiyuan
Dominicanrepublic Dominican Rep. Ysaunny Brito 19 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) New York, U.S.


Call-out orderEdit

Yachana's Call-Out Order
Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Contestant progressEdit

Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Photo shoot guideEdit

  • Episode 1 photo shoot: Autumn wear
  • Episode 2 photo shoot: Spring wear

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