'America's Next Top Model' Rewind: Season 3
America's Next Top Model returned for a new season in September of 2004, bringing lots of changes to the hit show.  The show featured a semi-final round in the first episode, where 34 girls were eliminated to a final 14.  The models competed for a $100,000 contract with Cover Girl cosmetics, representation with Ford Models, and a fashion spread in Elle magazine. Cycle 3 became one of Top Model's most popular seasons in the history of the show and winner, Eva Pigford, is one of the show's most memorable contestants.  Let's take a look back at cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly moments.

Memorable cast members from cycle 3 included Amanda Swafford, who would lose her vision by the time she was 30.  Plus-size model Toccara Jones was also a standout, and has had much success since the show, modeling for Target, New York and Company, and appearing in Vibe and Essence magazines.  YaYa DaCosta is also a model that fans remember, though would rather think of her beautiful pictures as opposed to her less than stellar attitude.

In cycle 3 of Top Model, the girls were sent to both Jamaica and Japan.  While in Jamaica, the 14 finalists participate in a photo shoot and one girl is sent home right then and there through a letter.  Model Cassie Grisham copped to have an eating disorder to her fellow contestants, but denied it to Tyra and refused treatment, which got her sent home.  What?  A model with an eating disorder?  The models didn't all get along and on one episode, two teamed up against one, carving a nasty note into the brownies she had made.

Some better moments came when the models were given the opportunity to meet and act with Taye Diggs.  YaYa won the acting challenge, and triumphed in many challenges throughout the season.  She also was the Cover Girl of the Week several times.  Cycle 3 of Top Model also introduced us to runway coach (and current judge) Miss J. Alexander.  In Japan, Yaya and Eva faced off in a final runway showdown, leaving Eva Pigford the winner. 
Eva has been very successful since leaving Top Model.  She has appeared on several television shows, including Kevin Hill and Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out.  She has modeled for DKNY, Samsung, and of course, Cover Girl.  She has also walked several runway shows and even appeared in a music video.

America's Next Top Model's newest season kicks off one week from tonight and until then, we'll be looking back at a different cycle each day.  Share your favorite moments and favorite models here and check back tomorrow as we take a look at cycle 4.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Write
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