All good things must come to an end is a very commonly used phrase in modeling and television. It has been announced that the decade plus CW’s hit reality show America’s Next Top Model will be coming to an end after cycle 22. Wednesday, the show’s creator, Supermodel Tyra Banks made the original announcement via Twiiter. Revealing the following;
“America’s Next Top Model” was coming to an end after 22 seasons. She wrote, “TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM22 should be our last cycle. I truly believe it’s time. May your pics be forever fierce. Keep on Smizing! [love]Tyra.”
Later, the 41 year-old veteran issued a longer announcement via instagram with the following message below:
TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it's time. Our diehard fans know we've expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it's time. It really is. Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we'd do 22 cycles. Whoa! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That's amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed. I set out to create a show where Perfect is Boring. So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) – the stuff about you that makes you well…you. And I hope you've learned a heck of a lot from watching. I have an inkling you have. May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful. And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy. Fierce & Love, Tyra
Following this announcement, CW President Mark Pedowitz also released an official statement, glorifying the longest-running show, saying, “America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon. I want to thank Tyra and Ken for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S., but all across the world.” According to CW, there are talks about assembling a retrospective special targeted to air late next year.
Tyra created “America’s Next Top Model” along with Kenya Barris, and Ken Mok. The reality competition series premiered in May 2003 on UPN before moving to CW in 2006. It produced several well-known models including Analeigh Tipton, Adrianne Curry, CariDee English, Yaya DaCosta, Lisa D’Amato, Whitney Thompson, Dani Evans and Eva Pigford. One the highest-rated shows on the network, ANTM attracts millions of aspiring models from all over the globe every cycle. All seeking the opportunity to win a modeling contract, cash prize, and spread in popular publication Nylon magazine. Cycle 21’s finale drew in the show’s second lowest ratings with 1.56 million. 4.77 million less than the debut cycle that accomplished 6.3 million viewers in 2003.
In August, the former Victoria Secret’s Angel spoke on the new cycle with The CW, as the following clip state:
Tyra Banks was signed by L.A. Models at 15 year-old, currently under IMG Models umbrella, an agency she resigned with back in 2010. She published a young adult novel titled Modelland, based on her life as a model which topped The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011. Banks is one of seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world’s most influential people by TIME magazine. Making the list in 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013.
August 2014, Vulture released a article showcasing 15 of the most successful contestants to breakout of the hit show. Next’s Keith Carlos is ANTM’s latest winner after competing in Cycle 21. It was announced back in May by Banks herself that the 22nd Cycle would return to television to August 5th, 2015(see: CW’s America’s Next Top Model returns August).
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