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Sims' Next Top Model (cycle 16)
Cast16
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 mould 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 third season not to take place in the United States, the first being cycle 5, which was based in South Korea, and the second 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.

Twists

  • Top Model of the Week: Each 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.
  • Comeback: In the fourth week, the eliminated contestants returned and competed alongside the remaining contestants for a chance at re-entry into the competition.

Locations

Contestants

Semi-finalists
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 28 178 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
Finalists
From Contestant Age Height Hometown Finish Rank
Dominicanrepublic Dominican Rep. Ysaunny Brito 19 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) New York, New York, U.S. Episode 1 12
Newzealand New Zealand Ripsey Sadek 26 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Napier, Hawke's Bay Episode 2 11
Vietnam Vietnam Ngô Sáng Nghĩa 19 156 cm (5 ft 1½ in) Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh Episode 3 10
Netherlands Netherlands Liv van Dijk 18 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) Kinderdijk, Zuid-Holland Episode 4 9
Italy Italy Abree Crespi 19 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) Rome, Lazio Episode 5 8
Newcaledonia New Caledonia Emmanuelle Wenzel 18 179 cm (5 ft 10½ in) Koné, Province Nord 7
Senegal Senegal Awa Bâ 19 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) Guédiawaye, Dakar Participating
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
China China Yao Xiong 19 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Taiyuan, Shanxi

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
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 "The Girl Who Feared the Dark" 7 May 2018

Yachana stops by the house to chat with Nghĩa about her insecurities. Later at their challenge, the models team up to try to sell Max Factor products in social media posts. Later, Khonarh and Ko get into an argument. When embodying common fears at the photo shoot, Joyce and Nghĩa struggle for doubting themselves to much, and in the end the latter gets the boot.

  • Top Model of the Week: Liv van Dijk
  • First call-out: Ko Umemoto
  • Bottom two: Joyce Boussougou & Ngô Sáng Nghĩa
  • Eliminated: Ngô Sáng Nghĩa
164 4 "The Girl Who Got Revenge" 22 May 2018

The eliminated girls return for a chance at re-entry into the competition as the show takes a vacation in Cape Verde. At the challenge, the eliminees judge the remaining models in a styling tournament, and ultimately Betty wins. As her prize, she and a friend gets to stay the night on the neighbouring island. The girls model holiday wear at the photo shoot and backstage during elimination, Khonarh, Nghĩa, Liv and Abree all get heated. Emmanuelle wins re-entry as she, Joyce and Ko receive best photo together. Awa finds herself in the bottom for failing to stand out, but it is Liv who is sent packing.

  • Top Model of the Week: Khonarh Movsesyan
  • First call-out: Emmanuelle Wenzel, Joyce Boussougou & Ko Umemoto
  • Bottom two: Awa Bâ & Liv van Dijk
  • Eliminated: Liv van Dijk
165 5 "The Girl Who Travelled All Alone" 23 July 2018

Back in Paris, the new top 8 go on go-sees to book jobs for the following week. At the photo shoot, they must create believable movie stills in a retro-futuristic shoot. At elimination it is revealed which clients booked which girls, and having attended all go-sees and booking all but one, Betty is deemed the challenge winner. Ko impresses and receives her third first call-out in a row, while Abree and Khonarh's lukewarm performances land them in the bottom two, with Abree's overall performance sending her home.

  • Top Model of the Week: Yao Xiong
  • First call-out: Ko Umemoto
  • Bottom two: Abree Crespi & Khonarh Movsesyan
  • Eliminated: Abree Crespi

In their most stressful week yet, the seven remaining girls travel around the world for the jobs they booked, with two taking place outside of France. Awa and Khonarh reach their breaking points and have a massive falling-out, to the other girls' confusion. At elimination the girls are called out by the average score from 1-10 given to them by the clients. Joyce is called first with the highest average, while Betty and Emmanuelle find themselves in the bottom. In the end, Betty's score is higher and Emmanuelle is sent home again.

  • First call-out: Joyce Boussougou
  • Bottom two: Betty Kim & Emmanuelle Wenzel
  • Eliminated: Emmanuelle Wenzel
166 6 TBA TBA
167 7 TBA TBA
168 8 TBA TBA

Summaries

Call-out order

Yachana's Call-Out Order
Order Episodes
Reveal 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Ysaunny Khonarh Betty Ko Emmanuelle
Joyce
Ko
Ko Joyce      
2 Betty Liv Ko Betty Awa Xiong
3 Khonarh Betty Joyce Abree Betty Ko
4 Ko Nghĩa Khonarh Liv Xiong Emmanuelle Awa
5 Ripsey Awa Awa Khonarh Khonarh Xiong Khonarh
6 Nghĩa Joyce Xiong Xiong Abree Joyce Betty
7 Joyce Xiong Liv Awa Betty Khonarh Emmanuelle
8 Emmanuelle Ko Abree Joyce Awa Abree
9 Liv Ripsey Nghĩa Nghĩa Liv
10 Awa Abree Ripsey
11 Xiong Emmanuelle
Ysaunny
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.
  • In episode 4, the eliminated girls returned for a chance to come back. Emmanuelle performed the best and re-joined the competition.
  • Episode 5 covered two weeks of the competition. In the first week, Xiong received immunity for that week and the following week after winning Top Model of the Week. Additionally, after she was called out, Yachana revealed she would've been in the bottom two had it not been for her immunity.

Contestant progress

Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Awa IN SAFE LOW BTM2 HIGH SAFE      
Betty IN WIN HIGH LOW HIGH BTM2
Joyce IN HIGH BTM2 WIN LOW WIN
Khonarh IMM SAFE SAFE HIGH BTM2 LOW
Ko IN HIGH WIN WIN WIN HIGH
Xiong IN SAFE SAFE HIGH SAFE HIGH
Emmanuelle ELIM WIN SAFE ELIM
Abree BTM3 LOW HIGH SAFE ELIM
Liv IN SAFE SAFE ELIM
Nghĩa IN BTM2 ELIM OUT
Ripsey IN ELIM OUT
Ysaunny ELIM OUT
     The contestant won the competition.
     The contestant was the runner-up.
     The contestant won best photo.
     The contestant was one of the top 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.
     The contestant won entry back into the competition.
     The contestant came back for a chance at re-entry but lost.
     The contestant advanced to the final round.

Photo shoot guide

  • Episode 1: Queens of Autumn
  • Episode 2: Jewellery atop the Eiffel Tower
  • Episode 3: Embodying common fears
  • Episode 4: Holiday wear in ruins
  • Episode 5: Retro-futuristic editorial; Sephora ad; Zara campaign; L'Oréal Infaillible Matte Max vs. Mega Gloss TV commercial; Marie Claire cover story; Nina Ricci campaign

Challenge guide

  • Episode 1: Runway test
  • Episode 2: None
  • Episode 3: Mock social media posts for Max Factor
  • Episode 4: Who Wore it Best? tournament
  • Episode 5: Go-sees

Panel style concept

  • Episode 1: Gowns
  • Episode 2: PANTONE Spring 2018 Colour Palette
  • Episode 3: Homecountry's colours
  • Episode 4: Denim
  • Episode 5: Resort wear; Parisian chic

Colour guide

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

Rank Contestant PANTONE colour
TBA 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
Xiong 16-2126 TCX Azalea Pink
7 Emmanuelle 15-2210 TPX Orchid Smoke
8 Abree 13-0550 TCX Lime Punch
9 Liv 16-1452 TCX Firecracker
10 Nghĩa 17-4435 TPG Malibu Blue
11 Ripsey 18-4034 TPX Vallarta Blue
12 Ysaunny 17-3313 TCX Dusty Lavender

All non-contestants are represented by 18-1561 TPX Orange.com.

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 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total votes Average
Awa No
voting
2 7 5 2 No
voting
16 4.00
Betty 14 7 5 4 26 6.50
Joyce 4 4 3 1 12 3.00
Khonarh 4 13 24 3 44 11.00  
Ko 5 14 6 7 32 8.00
Xiong 5 6 7 8 30 7.50
Emmanuelle 14 5 19 9.50
Abree 6 7 14 4 31 7.75
Liv 8 15 15 38 12.67  
Nghĩa 3 2 12 17 5.67
Ripsey 4 2 6 3.00
Ysaunny 3 3 3.00
     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.
     The contestant received the least votes and won best photo.
     The contestant was meant to be in the bottom two, but was spared because of receiving the most votes.
     The contestant was meant to be eliminated, but was spared because of receiving the most votes.
     The contestant was not eligible to win immunity.
     The contestant was not eligible to win immunity and won best photo.
  • In episode 4, the eliminated girls were included in the poll but were not eligible to receive immunity. The votes cast towards them are included in their totals and averages nonetheless.

Go-sees

In episode 5, the top 8 went on go-sees in Paris:

Contestant Client Total
Visited
Total
Booked
L'Oréal
Paris
Marie
Claire
Nina
Ricci
Sephora Zara
Abree No No No Yes 4 of 5 1 of 4
Awa Yes No No 3 of 5 1 of 3
Betty Yes Yes No Yes Yes 5 of 5 4 of 5
Emmanuelle No Yes Yes Yes 4 of 5 3 of 4
Joyce Yes Yes No No 4 of 5 2 of 4
Khonarh Yes No No Yes 4 of 5 2 of 4
Ko No Yes No No 4 of 5 1 of 4
Xiong No Yes No Yes Yes 5 of 5 3 of 5

Following Abree's elimination, Sephora had an empty spot to be filled. For the jobs taking place in Paris (L'Oréal, Sephora & Zara) the non-booked girls got to go with the booked girls to the jobs to try to impress the directors and get booked. For Marie Claire, taking place outside of Paris, the judges sent the girls' new photos and the client was allowed to book more girls and unbook others if they wanted to:

Contestant Client Total
Visited
Total
Booked
L'Oréal
Paris
Marie
Claire
Nina
Ricci
Sephora Zara
Awa Yes No No Yes 4 of 5 2 of 4
Betty Yes Yes No Yes Yes 5 of 5 4 of 5
Emmanuelle No Yes Yes Yes 4 of 5 3 of 4
Joyce Yes Yes No No 4 of 5 2 of 4
Khonarh Yes No No Yes 4 of 5 2 of 4
Ko No Yes No Yes No 5 of 5 2 of 5
Xiong No Yes No Yes Yes 5 of 5 3 of 5