After 12 years and 22 cycles, Tyra Banks is saying goodbye to her modeling competition reality series America’s Next Top Model. But let’s all be honest, ANTM was like the American Idol of the modeling world. It was good in the beginning, but with multiple attempts to reboot and reinvent the show still proving to be unsuccessful, it’s time to call it quits.
Via Instagram, The FAB Life creator and host shared a photo with the numbers ’22’ along with a caption explaining why she decided to end her long running model competition series.
“TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time,” Banks started the extended caption. “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,” she added.
The statement continued, “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.”
Tyra Banks ended her statement with some encouraging words. “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.”
Thanks Tyra for giving us the “I was rooting for you” meme and teaching us to smize. Are you sad to see America’s Next Top Model come to an end? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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