Sims' Next Top Model (cycle 16)
Season Run 14 December 2017 - 2018
Episodes 8
Models 12
Winner TBA
Runner-up(s) TBA
Series Chronology
Previous Season Cycle 15
Next Season Cycle 17

The sixteenth season of Sims' Next Top Model premiered in Decemer, 2017. 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 this season are:

  • A cover and spread in Vogue Paris.
  • An international Max Factor Campaign
  • A modelling contract with NU女 Models.
  • A cash prize worth € 80,000.

Changes and twists

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.



From Contestant Age Height Hometown Rank
Lesotho Lesotho Andile Sibonakaliso 16 166 cm (5 ft 5 in) Maseru, Maseru 28 (DQ)
Unitedstates United States Dynasteigh Banks 18 176 cm (5 ft 9½ in) Alachua, Florida 27-26 (quit)
Israel Israel Orly Sitz 23 176 cm (5 ft 9½ in) Modi'in, Central District
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, Sudogwon
France France Bergamotta "Bergie" Dubois-Lund 18 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Paris, Île-de-France
Jamaica Jamaica Da'isha Clark 23 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Lucea, Hanover
Sudan Sudan Faheema Zarouq 19 182 cm (5 ft 11½ in) Nyala, South Darfur
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, Wisconsin
Barbados Barbados Nella Sonne 21 181 cm (5 ft 11½ in) Gun Hill, Saint George
Newzealand New Zealand Paulina Basso 20 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Unitedstates United States Stephanie Santos 19 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Santa Cruz, California
Cookislands Cook Islands Taus'afia Lanuola 24 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Avarua, Rarotonga
Hongkong Hong Kong Viian "Vivi" Cheung 20 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) Tsing Yi, Kwai Tsing
From Contestant Age Height Hometown Finish Rank
Newcaledonia New Caledonia Emmanuelle Wenzel 18 179 cm (5 ft 10½ in) Koné, Province Nord Episode 1 11-12
Dominicanrepublic Dominican Rep. Ysaunny Brito 19 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) New York, New York, U.S.
Newzealand New Zealand Ripsey Sadek 26 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Napier, Hawke's Bay Episode 2 10
Italy Italy Abree Crespi 19 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Rome, Lazio Participating
Senegal Senegal Awa Bâ 19 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) Guédiawaye, Dakar
Unitedstates United States Betty Kim 18 172 cm (5 ft 7½ in) Yakima, Washington
Gabon Gabon Joyce Boussougou 26 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) Port-Gentil, Ogooué-Maritime
Armenia Armenia Khonarh Movsesyan 20 184 cm (6 ft ½ in) Vanadzor, Lori
Marshallislands Marshall Islands Ko Umemoto 18 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) Ebeye Island, Kwajalein
Netherlands Netherlands Liv van Dijk 18 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) Kinderdijk, Zuid-Holland
Vietnam Vietnam Ngô Sáng Nghĩa 19 156 cm (5 ft 1½ in) Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh
China China Yao Xiong 19 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Taiyuan, Shanxi


No. in
Title Original air date
161 1 "The Girl Who Loved Bees" 14 December 2017

The top 12 arrive at a countryside manor in Château-Gontier where Yachana throws them straight into a hectic, one-day boot camp. First of all, she examines their runway walks. For Nghĩa, the harsh start proves to be too rough, and she suffers a panic attack. In the end, Khonarh is crowned the best walker and receives immunity, securing her spot in the top 10. In a autumn themed photo shoot with male models, Emmanuelle struggles to create chemistry while Ysaunny fails to stay focused. In the end, they are both eliminated.

  • Eliminated: Emmanuelle Wenzel & Ysaunny Brito
162 2 "The Girl Who Dreaded Red" 30 December 2017

The remaining girls make it to Paris, but are not given any time to rest as they are thrown straight into their next photo shoot. Afterwards, they finally get to unwind at their apartment, but this is cut short once Xiong and Abree realise there is one bed too little, and poorly organise a tournament to determine which girl is to be left without a bed. The next day the girls receive drastic makeovers, which are received well by most girls but Xiong. At elimination, the judges question Nghĩa's strength and capability of making it in the industry, and Ripsey's passion and drive. The two land in the bottom, and it is Ripsey who must leave.

  • Top Model of the Week: Betty Kim
  • First call-out: Betty Kim
  • Bottom two: Ngô Sáng Nghĩa & Ripsey Sadek
  • Eliminated: Ripsey Sadek
163 3 TBA TBA
164 4 TBA TBA
165 5 TBA TBA
166 6 TBA TBA
167 7 TBA TBA
168 8 TBA TBA


Call-out order

Yachana's Call-Out Order
Order Episodes
Reveal 1 2
1 Ysaunny Khonarh Betty
2 Betty Liv Ko
3 Khonarh Betty Joyce
4 Ko Nghĩa Khonarh
5 Ripsey Awa Awa
6 Nghĩa Joyce Xiong
7 Joyce Xiong Liv
8 Emmanuelle Ko Abree
9 Liv Ripsey Nghĩa
10 Awa Abree Ripsey
11 Xiong Emmanuelle
12 Abree
     The contestant won the competition.
     The contestant was eliminated from the competition.
     The contestant was voted Top Model of the Week.
     The contestant won the weekly challenge.
     The contestant won the weekly challenge and was voted Top Model of the Week.
     The contestant was immune from elimination.
  • The call-out order of episode 1 is arbitrary with the exception of the bottom three.

Contestant progress

Contestant 1 2
Betty IN WIN
Khonarh IMM SAFE
Nghĩa IN BTM2
Ripsey IN ELIM
Emmanuelle ELIM
Ysaunny ELIM
     The contestant won the competition.
     The contestant was the runner-up.
     The contestant received first call-out.
     The contestant was one of the top three best performing models.
     The contestant ranked in the middle.
     The contestant was the last to be called before the bottom.
     The contestant ranked in the bottom.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant was immune from elimination.

Photo shoot guide

  • Episode 1 photo shoot: Queens of Autumn
  • Episode 2 photo shoot: Jewellery atop the Eiffel Tower

Challenge guide

  • Episode 1 challenge: Runway test
  • Episode 2 challenge: None

Panel style concept

  • Episode 1: Gowns
  • Episode 2: PANTONE Spring 2018 Colour Palette

Colour guide

Each girl was assigned a different PANTONE colour to represent her throughout the season.

Rank Contestant PANTONE colour
TBA Abree 13-0550 TCX Lime Punch
Awa 12-0912 TPX Tender Peach
Betty 15-1456 TN Fiery Coral
Joyce 16-6030 TCX Katydid
Khonarh 18-3921 TPX Bijou Blue
Ko 13-0746 TPG Maize
Liv 16-1452 TCX Firecracker
Nghĩa 17-4435 TPG Malibu Blue
Xiong 16-2126 TCX Azalea Pink
10 Ripsey 18-4034 TPX Vallarta Blue
11-12 Emmanuelle 15-2210 TPX Orchid Smoke
Ysaunny 17-3313 TCX Dusty Lavender

All non-contestants are represented by 18-1561 TPX

Makeover guide

  • Abree: Peachy and pink
  • Awa: Shoulder length two-tone
  • Betty: Orange
  • Joyce: Long & wavy
  • Khonarh: Ash blonde two-tone
  • Ko: Microbangs
  • Liv: Deep red
  • Nghĩa: Blonde and violet two-tone
  • Ripsey: Trimmed
  • Xiong: Bright red

Top Model of the Week rankings

Contestant 1 2 Total votes Average
Abree No
6 6 6.00
Awa 2 2 2.00
Betty 14 14 14.00
Joyce 4 4 4.00
Khonarh 4 4 4.00
Ko 5 5 5.00
Liv 8 8 8.00
Nghĩa 3 3 3.00
Xiong 5 5 5.00
Ripsey 4 4 4.00
     The contestant received the most votes.
     The contestant won best photo.
     The contestant received the most votes and won best photo.
     The contestant received the least votes.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant received the least votes and was eliminated.