America’s Next Top Model has run for 22 seasons while hosted by Supermodel Tyra Banks while herself and her panel of judges have critiqued the work of  potential models to weed out the few who would break into the modeling industry. The panel of judges that have worked alongside Tyra have included Andre Leon Talley, former editor-at-large of Vogue, photographer Nigel Barker, Supermodel Janice Dickinson, runway coach Miss J Alexander, and fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone. The previous season of America’s Next Top Model ended with deaf model Nyle Dimarco as the first disabled model to win on the show, as well as being the second male to win in the third cycle that the competition has allowed male contestants to compete. According to the Variety the show was cancelled due to the CW‘s transition away from a younger female demographic to an older demographic while focusing on superhero shows like Arrow. However, others have speculated that the show was cancelled due to lost viewership and the fact that scandals surrounding the competition hurt the show as well, such as a past contestant suing Tyra and the Show.

A reproduction of the ANTM was announced only a few months after it’s removal from The CW. Tyra Banks will actually be executive producing and making appearances throughout this season according to the show’s Facebook page. The new production of America’s Next Top Model is Airing on VH1 and premiered last night, December 12, at 9pm central time. This revamp is hosted by British singer, actress, and model Rita Ora. Her panel of judges includes plus sized Supermodel Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine‘s Chief Executive producer Drew Elliot, and celebrity stylist Law Roach, who dresses stars such as Zendaya Coleman.

The show opened with an introduction of the models. Tyra appears and gives a pep talk to the models about how she hand picked them and how in order to be a model you need to be able to have a strong presence on both social media and on the catwalk. Tyra also emphasizes the importance of creating your own brand. Rita makes her entrance and states that she wants to help the models to be “a 25-year-old boss” like herself. The other judges Ashley Graham, Drew Elliot, and Law Roach make their entrances as well. The models are thrown into the competition right away and are divided into groups to go on go-sees, where they meet with brands and designers that they have the potential to work with if they are chosen by them. The designers the girls go see are Philipp Plein and Laquan Smith. Drama popped up quickly on the show between two girls and left a model in tears over comments toward her eyebrows. The 28 models that started out were judged based on their “comp card” which were the head shots they took, as well as the critique they received on their go-sees. The 28 girls were narrowed down to 14 girls who will move into the house and compete to be America’s Next Top Model. The winner of the competition will work with Rimmel London, be featured in a spread in Paper Magazine, and will have a 1 year talent deal with VH1. Compared to how ANTM was before the reproduction, the revamp seems pretty much the same besides the new panel and new channel.

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