Episode PremiereFebruary 23, 2011
Show Period2003 - now
Production Company10 by 10, Pottle Prod., Ty Ty Baby Prod.
The semi-finalists for Cycle 16 head to Los Angeles, where Jay Emanuel and Miss J. help Tyra Banks pull a surprise switcheroo before the 14 finalists are chosen and move into the Top Model penthouse. At a beautiful Malibu estate, the models meet model/designer Erin Wasson and learn to walk a narrow runway in a plastic bubble! Top fashion photographer Russell James is on hand for a backstage photo shoot. Finally, Leon Tally and Nigel Barker join Erin and Tyra Banks on the judges' panel for the first elimination of Cycle 16.