Throughout the years, ANTM winners have received modeling contracts, beauty deals, a fashion spread and other prizes.
In 2018, during the 24th season of the series, 20-year-old Kyla Coleman won the competition and signed a contract with Next Model Management, earned a fashion spread in Paper magazine and won a cash prize of $100,000 from Pantene.
But according to other reality TV contestants, this level of minimal pay appears to be the norm in the industry.
Back in July, Big Brother‘s Elena Davies, who competed on season 19 in 2017, revealed how much she made while on the show.
“We’re paid a stipend per week,” she said during an interview on The Bachelorette‘s Jason Tartick‘s Dear Media podcast Trading Secrets. ”$1,000 per week, [for] as long as you film. So if, like say you are the first person sent home and you only film six hours in the house, you get your thousand.”
“I technically filmed the entire season,” she explained. “So I got paid the entire 13 weeks stipend or whatever.”
Elena said she won $5,000 on top of her weekly earnings.