Ferrel was the 12th girl called into the final 14 girls at casting. Kayla began the cycle as one of the frontrunners, getting 2nd call out in the first two photoshoots. Ferrel's photos continued to wow the judges, until the 6th episode, where Kayla was in the bottom two with Kacey Leggett, but was spared for having a stronger portfolio out of the two of them. She redeemed, herself, getting 2nd call out in the next episode. Ferrel earnt a total of 2 first call-outs in her cycle, but nevertheless the judges thought she had yet to master her facial angles, costing her her place in the final 2.
Cycle 17: All Stars
Due to a large and well recognised fan base, Kayla returned to Cycle 17. The judges had high expectations of Kayla due to her gorgeous pictures from her previous cycle, but the judges thought she was unable to deliver gorgeous photos or enough star quality, and was sent home in the 7th episode, in a double elimination along with Bianca Golden.
After America's Next Top Model
Kayla has taken many test shots, and is currently signed with Donna Model Management in Japan.