Who grew up watching ANTM (America’s Next Top Model)? I did and I absolutely loved it. Making its television debut in 2003, the model search TV show created by Tyra Banks, has changed the face of reality tv. Yet after 22 impressive cycles Tyra Banks choose to step down as head judge of ANTM. Now seeing as Tyra is practically the face of the show I was optimistic to see how this would work without her. Therefore cycle 23 would be without Ms Banks, and headed up instead by singer Rita Ora.I have been following cycle 23 of America’s Next Top Model and I have to admit Rita Ora has done an ok job, but she has little top model experience.
Tyra Banks is an amazing entrepreneur beginning her career as a model at the tender age of 15. She moved to Paris and lived in model houses with other models who were also signed to her agency elite model management.America’s Next Top Model was birthed when Tyra had the idea to put a group of girls in the same house to compete for a top model contract. Whilst in the house the models do photo shoots and challenges which shape their skills as models and encourages mentorship with a lesson learnt each episode. The show just would not be the same without Tyra and her judging panel expertise as well as her fierce prologue during eliminations. Fans knew it would not be the same without the queen of the smize Tyra Banks and spectacularly she has changed her mind and now will return to the next cycle of America’s Next Top Model
In an official statement, the supermodel, actress, and mogul says,
I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the intensity of the ANTM fan base whose deep affection for the show led me to have a change of heart. After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA.
Banks has made it no secret how bitchy, racist, sexist, ageist and body conscious the fashion industry is to young and old models and knew that her career in modelling would not necessisarily be where her career ended. However her mentorship on ANTM has been phenomenal in breaking down barriers and changing the faces of model with plus size, transgender and skin disorders all excepted. She has made the most unexpected names and faces famous including the following below,
Hey ho Tyra has shown she is more than just a pretty face she is here to break down barriers and celebrate unique faces.