“America’s Next Top Model” Will Return to VH1 With Rita Ora As Host!
This past December, the CW said goodbye to its long-running reality competition show, “America’s Next Top Model,” after 22 seasons. The show, which had former supermodel, Tyra Banks, at the helm, brought us memorable moments such as the, “We were all rooting for you!” debacle in which Banks had to let a contestant know she was ruining the chance to change her life.
Back in February, it was announced the modeling competition show would be returning to television on VH1, but there would be some changes. Banks would no longer be host, but would continue as executive producer.
We now know the name of the new host and the judges. Singer, actress and spokes model Rita Ora, will serve as host. Sitting in the judges’ chairs will be plus-size model, Ashley Graham, who is known for her body positivity and Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover; Drew Eilliott, chief creative officer of Paper magazine; and stylist Law Roach, who boasts Zendaya, Ariana Grande and Celine Dion as clients.
Some of you may be wondering why Ora was tapped to host. No, she’s not a model, but she’s served as spokes model for many brands including Adidas and DKNY. The truth is, and Banks knows this as well, the shake-up in host and judges reflects how the modeling industry is changing.
Banks told USA Today, “It’s no longer just about having the highest cheekbones and best pout and the best hair. My goal is to really get into these girls’ heads that I’m not looking for some successful model and I’m not looking for some social-media star. I’m looking for both. I’m looking for a hybrid, because that’s where the world is.”
She also spoke on VH1 bringing the show back when she thought the brand was over.
“I thought we were done with the brand. But the fact that the brand still has viability, and that VH1 really truly sees a strong future with it, how could I say no to that?”
Banks also said she will make a couple appearances on the revamped “America’s Next Top Model.”
What viewers can expect on the new version of the show is a weekly pop culture challenge.
“While there never will be a Tyra replacement, what we wanted to do was really infuse that panel with style fashion and pop culture experts,” said VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy.
Ora said she wants the contestants to think about their business futures as well as modeling.
“The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it’s music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes,” she said.
She would know as she’s just finished designing her 14th collection for Adidas. This also isn’t Ora’s first time on a reality competition show. She’s served as a judge on BBC’s “The Voice” and Britain’s “The X Factor.”
“America’s Next Top Model” will film once again in New York with 14 episodes featuring all female contestants.
It will premiere in the fall.
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