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Top 10 Worst America’s Next Top Model Makeovers

VO: Lisa Yang WRITTEN BY: Tiffany Ezuma
Script written by Tiffany Ezuma These are the worst makeovers in ANTM history! This list consists of makeovers that include bad weaves, terrible haircuts and or questionable hairstyles. We’ve included Cassandra Jean’s Mia Farrow cut, Shei’s two-toned hair, Laura’ss patriotic makeover, Marvita’s horsetail mullet, Phil’s jesus extensions, Saleisha’s mushroom bob, Brittany’s read clown weave, Molly’s giant blonde weave and more!

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Top 10 Worst America’s Next Top Model Makeovers

What was Tyra thinking? Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst America’s Next Top Model Makeovers.

For this list, we’re looking at any makeover a contestant received on the popular reality TV show that was eye-catching for all the wrong reasons.

#10: Cassandra Jean’s Mia Farrow Cut

One of the most iconic haircuts in cinema has to be Mia Farrow’s pixie cut from “Rosemary’s Baby.” In theory, it was great style to replicate on a model with such a strong bone structure like cycle 5 contestant Cassandra Jean, but the Southern beauty pageant queen was devastated over losing her long locks. She went along with the cut and the dye job initially, but when they wanted to cut another inch off, she absolutely refused, saying that she didn’t want them to change her too much. It seemed like a weird hill to die on considering most of her hair was gone anyway, but she stuck to her guns and was sent home.

#9: Shei's Two-Toned Hair

It’s probably not the best idea to make someone look like a terrifying cartoon villain. But that’s exactly what Tyra did with Shei Phan, a cycle 21 contestant, who was given two-toned hair: half black and half blonde. Looking like Cruella de Vil herself, Shei’s hair seemed like something that would look cool in an Instagram picture, but crazy in real life. It didn’t help that the hairstylist even dyed her eyebrows to match her hair so it looked as if she only had the black one, since the blonde hairs blended into her skin. Shei was a good sport about it though, and seemed to embrace it.

#8: Laura's Patriotic Makeover

Nothing is ever subtle on reality TV and many times, people take things too literally. At least, that’s what we assume happened with the Cycle 18: British Invasion. In that season, Americans were pitted against the British to see who would reign supreme. To turn up the patriotism, Laura was given red and blue streaks on bleached blonde hair to mimic the American flag. The thought process behind it might have made the tiniest bit of sense, but the chunky streaks looked weird, amateurish, and definitely didn’t scream top model.

#7: Marvita's Horsetail Mullet

Poor Marvita didn’t deserve this. During the cycle 10 makeovers, Tyra kept the girls in the dark about what makeover they were getting. When Marvita sat down in the hairdresser’s chair, she was surprised to see hair extensions nearby. Only then did Tyra reveal in a pre-taped segment that she would be getting a “horse mane hair weave,” a style Tyra admitted to making up. Tyra even neighed when she gleefully revealed Marvita’s makeover inspiration. The result was less of a horse mane and more of an 80’s hair band mullet. It looked ridiculous and not even Marvita’s strong features could pull it off.

#6: Phil's Jesus Extensions

When ANTM let men into the contest, it was exciting to see what makeovers they’d give the guys. But then Phil happened and proved they could make a man look just as awful as they do for some of the women. Tyra wanted to see longer hair on Phil, so he was given very cheap-looking extensions that had people comparing him to Jesus. The straggly hair was distracting and took away from his good looks. Phil looked more like a Coachella punch-line than a model, so we’re glad he later took out the extensions and grew his natural hair out.

#5: Saleisha's Mushroom Bob

Cycle 9 contestant,Saleisha Stowers is already one of the most controversial ANTM winners out there because of her previous connection to Tyra before the season started, but the real question is: how did someone with Dora the Explorer hair make it that far? Saleisha’s mushroom bob and glorified bowl cut was meant to give the commercial model an edgier look, but instead it made her appear younger, as if her mom gave her that haircut in the kitchen. Many compared her look to the Beatles gone wrong, and any way you cut it, it was bad. Just bad.

#4: Chelsey's Widened Tooth Gap

For the most part, the makeovers they give contestants aren’t permanent—hair grows back, a weave can be taken out, and eyebrows can be dyed back. But the makeover team crossed that line when Tyra decided that the gap between Chelsey’s two front teeth needed to be made bigger so that she had more of a Lauren Hutton look. To emulate the legendary model, Chelsey was taken to a dentist where they actually shaved around a millimeter off each front tooth. While we like the idea of accentuating someone’s unique trait, this was a bridge too far.

#3: Brittany's Red Clown Weave

Unfair or not, big red hair often brings up associations with clown hair. Clearly, Tyra wasn’t trying to channel Bozo the Clown for Brittany Hatch’s makeover, but that’s exactly what she got. Brittany’s original hairdo of short curls looked way more modelesque than the pile of red straw they attached to her head. The hair was brittle looking, frizzy, and puffy. And it clearly looked like a weave, which defeats the whole purpose of getting the hairstyle professionally done. Whoever did that to her should lose their cosmetology license.

#2: Molly's Giant Blonde Weave

There have been some pretty harrowing weave experiences on ANTM but none compare to Molly’s unbelievably bad hairdo. After assigning big blonde curls to Molly, a weave specialist was brought in to sew it onto her fine hair. The process of getting her hair done was tangle of braids, thread, and extensions that looked more akin to a bird’s nest than a high fashion look, and the finished product wasn’t any better. The added hair had to weigh as much as Molly herself. The salon owner tried to trim it down, but it was no use. Molly was understandably upset, and the hair led to a lot of drama until it was re-done.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Jaeda's Pixie Cut

Ann's Chunky Highlights

Michelle's Painful Bleached Hair

#1: Denzel's Fake Beard

Of all the crazy makeovers the ANTM team has given over the years, this one takes the cake. For the most part, the male contestants get pretty tame looks compared to the female contestants, but Denzel’s fake beard made every other makeover pale in comparison. They put a lace front weave on this man’s face. A lace front weave. Just let that sink in. The weave was a completely different texture than his natural hair, and the contrast showed. It looked wholly unnatural, ridiculous, and like it would fall off at any moment. The makeover was roasted on social media and still lives on in Internet infamy.

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