9 of the most dramatic 'America's Next Top Model' makeovers, from red and blue highlights to a 'beard weave'


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Laura LaFrate before and after her makeover on Cycle 18 of "America's Next Top Model."


  • "America's Next Top Model" premiered in 2003 and spawned many iconic pop culture moments.

  • The show was known for making over its contestants to give them more "top model potential."

  • From poor weave installations to bold highlights, here are the most dramatic "ANTM" makeovers.



Cycle 4 contestant Brandy Rusher wasn't originally supposed to get a makeover, but ended up having her red afro shaved off.
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Brandy Rusher before and after her makeover on Cycle 4 of "America's Next Top Model."

After Rusher complained that she was the only contestant not getting a makeover, the judges decided to shave her afro and dye her eyebrows red.


She still wasn't happy with her makeover, and her "bad attitude" landed her in the bottom two. However, Rusher was eliminated two episodes later. 



Cassandra Whitehead received one of the most dramatic makeovers in the show's history when her long brown hair was cut off in Cycle 5.
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Cassandra Whitehead before and after her makeover on Cycle 5 of "America's Next Top Model."

Whitehead, a former pageant competitor, cried throughout the makeover process as her long brown hair was transformed into a short blonde pixie cut.


However, her struggle with her makeover didn't end after she left the salon. In the following episode, Whitehead was told the judges wanted to cut another inch off her hair, which she refused to do. 


"It wasn't just cutting an inch and a half of hair for me. It was the last straw of them completely trying to change who I was," Whitehead said during the episode. 


Whitehead was told to leave the set, and it was later revealed that she had willingly quit the show, making her the first contestant in the show's history to do so.



Felicia Provost, a contestant on Cycle 8 who was known for resembling host Tyra Banks, underwent a dramatic transformation during makeover week.
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Felicia Provost before and after her makeover on Cycle 8 of "America's Next Top Model."

The judges decided to drastically change Provost's look by dying her amber-colored hair a rich, dark brown and giving her blunt bangs. 



Cycle 8 contestant Brittany Hatch had one of the most dramatic and disastrous makeovers in "Top Model" history.
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Brittany Hatch before and after her makeover on Cycle 8 of "America's Next Top Model."

Hatch was assigned a sew-in curly, red hairstyle in order to take her modeling potential to the next level. Hatch cried throughout the painful ordeal of having the weave installed, and wasn't totally happy with the end result. 


As the season progressed, Hatch frequently complained about her itchy scalp and matted hair. It was eventually discovered that the weave was tearing out Hatch's hair, making her scalp red and irritated. The weave was removed with only a few weeks left in the competition.



Cycle 8 contestant Jael Strauss suffered through one of the worst makeover mishaps in "Top Model" history.
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Jael Strauss before, during, and after her makeover on Cycle 8 of "America's Next Top Model."

Strauss was given originally told she had been assigned a brown weave, a drastic change from her short blonde hairdo. However, after having the weave installed in a process that took eight hours and was extremely painful, she was told that the look wasn't taking her to "that next level" and the salon stylist would be taking it all out and cutting her hair short.


"As my hair is being cut off, I just feel kind of traumatized," she said in a scene from the show. 


"I have never had to go through that ordeal of getting my hair done," Whitney, a Black contestant, said of the makeover. "Having to get it taken out the same day you get it put in — that's absolute hell."



Jenah Doucette, who placed third on Cycle 9, had her light brown hair transformed into a long blonde hairstyle.
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Jenah Doucette before and after her makeover on Cycle 9 of "America's Next Top Model."

The salon stylists not only bleached Doucette's brown hair to an icy blonde color, but they also added blonde hair extensions that gave her more length and changed up her hair part and bangs.



Cycle 11 contestant Elina Ivanova complained about her bold makeover, which she said didn't match her more serious, held-back personality.
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Elina Ivanova before and after her makeover on Cycle 11 of "America's Next Top Model."

Ivanova was given a curly red weave, which was a major change from the short dark hair she entered the competition with. The model wasn't happy with the change, saying she "didn't feel like herself" afterward. 


However, Ivanova ended up going far in the competition, placing fifth and becoming one of the most memorable contestants of her season. 



Laura LaFrate received one of the most interesting "Top Model" makeovers when she was given bleached-out hair with red and blue streaks.
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Laura LaFrate before and after her makeover on Cycle 18 of "America's Next Top Model."

LaFrate, who was part of the "British Invasion" season, received a red, white, and blue hairstyle to pay homage to her American roots.


The new look was a major change from her light brown hair, and the dramatic hairstyle served her well in the competition. LaFrate placed second overall.



While the makeovers for the show's male contestants were usually pretty understated, Denzel Wells' "beard weave" went down in history as one of the more unusual makeovers.
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Denzel Wells before and after his makeover on Cycle 21 of "America's Next Top Model."

While Wells' hair went untouched during the makeover process, Banks announced that the male model would be receiving the show's first-ever "beard weave," though it resembled a wig more than an actual weave. The beard was glued onto Wells' chin, then cut into the desired shape. 


Wells got into hot water with the judges' panel when he criticized another contestant for being too feminine. He was the seventh model eliminated from Cycle 21, landing him in ninth place. 




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