If you're a regular watcher of "America's Next Top Model," you probably know the prizes by heart at this point. Every week at elimination, Tyra breathlessly reels them out to the group of anxiety-ridden models waiting for their name to be called: a contract with a modeling agency, a spread in a magazine (this cycle, of course, in Vogue Italia), and a chance to be a spokeswoman for CoverGirl cosmetics. Tonight we finally find out which Cycle 15 lady will hit the jackpot.
But the runner-up shouldn't worry too much. Some of the most successful "ANTM" alumnae don't win the title -- in fact, some of them don't even make it to the finale.
Take Yaya DaCosta, at left, who came in second during Cycle 3. Though she didn't become the face of CoverGirl, she did land contracts with big names like Garnier Fructis and Sephora, before launching a successful acting career. This year, she had a role in The Kids Are All Right and a part in the upcoming Tron: Legacy. Not bad for someone kicked off the Tyra farm.
Kim Stolz, who came in fifth in Cycle 5, now has a healthy career as an MTV news correspondent. Even Cassandra Whitehead, who stormed out after the makeover episode of Cycle 5, went on to act in One Tree Hill, CSI: Miami, and this season's finale of Mad Men.