A.J. Stewart is from Sacramento, California. Before she became a finalist on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 7, she was in the process of completing her studies as an art major.
When A.J. started out as a finalist on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 7, she was considered one of the strongest contestants on the show. She won a runway challenge where the girls were made to walk across big broken pieces of concrete while wearing high heels and masks that blurred their visions, but fumbled terribly when it came to doing a mock interview on the Red Carpet. Surprisingly, AJ was eliminated on the same week where she was considered CoverGirl of the week. Although she did a fairly good job of posing as both Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez on the photo shoot, the judges felt that AJ was no longer as committed to modeling as before. She was the fifth contestant to be sent home from the show.
After appearing on the show, AJ has continued to pursue a career in modeling and has explained that the reason why she did so badly on the Red Carpet challenge was not because she feared supermodel Janice Dickinson (in fact, she even remarked that she found Janice to be both entertaining and funny), but because she got distracted with all the noise coming from her earpiece. After the show, she managed to pursue a modeling career in Hong Kong, Tokyo and South Korea.