Tyra Banks and the CW have announced through their own links that the current cycle 22 of the show America’s Next Top Model will be the last.
It has been 12 years of looking at hopeful women and men aspiring to be models coming under the wing of supermodel Tyra on her superhit fashion phenomenon, America’s Next Top Model. The show premiered for the first time on UPN in May of 2003 and was the first series to debut on The CW on Sept. 20, 2006.
The series have seen 12 models each cycle coming to the show which also included men in the last three cycles. The show has opened up the elusive world of modelling to the world and has been credited for teaching a lot of modelling styles pioneered by Tyra herself on the show.
She not only taught the models but also the world how to ‘smize’, ‘right angles to crane your neck’ or ‘boom boom boom’, the ‘booch’ and the ‘tooch’. The diehard fans have learned in all these years how to take a model-like picture, they have seen character developments in the contestants and their motivation.
It was indeed a shock when CW network and Tyra announced that the current cycle 22 is the last of the show. CW has cancelled the show for a further cycle. President of the CW, Mark Pedowitz, stated that 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.
He said that he wants 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.
“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.”
Tyra took a much more elaborative approach in breaking news to her fans. She caused a spur with her tweet which read, TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM22 should be our last cycle. I truly believe it's time. May your pics be forever fierce. Keep on Smizing!
She then gave a long message on her Instagram in which she detailed the journey of the show. She then thanked all the fans that had made the show successful and wrote inspiring words to the fans.
She said that she believes in her ‘Perfect is Boring’ statement which has been evident that she had included petite models, transgender models, male models, models with vitiligo condition and as of late, a deaf model as well.
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
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America’s Next Top Model has been a great inspiring show that has definitely earned a spot in the entertainment industry.