Wanna be on top? 

For 24 straight seasons (sorry, cycles) hundreds of thousands of runway rookies very much did. Leggy natives of Joliet, Illinois and Grand Forks, North Dakota turned up to the America's Next Top Model set to the learn the art of the smize and the booty touch and, most importantly, how to build a career in fashion á la host Tyra Banks, who very much dominated the field from 1996 (the year she first appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue) onward. 

Yes, as longtime creative director Jay Manuel has recently highlighted, some of the critiques and challenges certainly feel off-putting now—and were every bit as questionable in the early 2000s. (Blackface in any iteration is simply not okay, a sentiment Banks no doubt agrees with, having tweeted, "Looking back, those were some really off choices.") 

But when the reality series premiered 17 years ago today, first on the now-defunct UPN, then The CW and, most recently, VH1, it dominated, at one point netting upwards of six million viewers eager to watch wannabe cover girls sob through their pixie cut "Ty-over" and attempt to nail the perfect commercial for LashBlast Mascara.

Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model, ANTM, Judges, 2003

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Arguably, the show's harshest critique is that the winning models never truly went on to supermodel status. But a six-figure CoverGirl contract and featured placement in a women's monthly was nothing to sneeze at. 

And, for the most part, each winner did go on to have a relatively fruitful career, whether that meant posing for brands such as Burberry and Guess, walking Off-White runways or finding their way in front of other TV cameras. 

In honor of the series' anniversary—and Banks' suggestion she may have more cycles in her—we're looking into where the victors landed after they claimed their spot on top. 

Americas Next Top Model, Adrianne Curry

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Americas Next Top Model, Yoanna House

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Americas Next Top Model, Eva Marcille

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Americas Next Top Model, Naima Mora

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Americas Next Top Model, Nicole Linkletter

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Americas Next Top Model, Danielle Evans

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Americas Next Top Model, Caridee English

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Americas Next Top Model, Jaslene Gonzalez

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Americas Next Top Model, Saleisha Stowers

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Americas Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson

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Americas Next Top Model, McKey Sullivan

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Americas Next Top Model, Teyona Anderson

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Americas Next Top Model, Nicole Fox

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Americas Next Top Model, Krista White

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Americas Next Top Model, Ann Ward

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Americas Next Top Model, Brittani Kline

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Americas Next Top Model,  Lisa D'Amato

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Americas Next Top Model, Sophie Sumner

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Americas Next Top Model, Laura James

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Americas Next Top Model, Jourdan Miller

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Americas Next Top Model, Keith Carlos

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Americas Next Top Model, Nyle DiMarco

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Americas Next Top Model, India Gants

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Americas Next Top Model, Kyla Coleman

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