We got the blues when we learned that Tyra Bank's era on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) came to an end. But it appears that the world could still use some ANTM-trained models to walk the runways, and we we’re thrilled upon learning that our favorite model series would get a reboot!
Passing down the hosting stint to style icon and musician Rita Ora, Tyra, along with Ken Mok, remains to be the show’s executive producer. The panel of experts who get to help the models also got a refresh in the form of body activist and supermodel Ashley Graham, celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach, and Paper Magazine’s Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott each take their post as the show’s judges.
In the first episode of the reinvented ANTM on it's new network VH1 (who acquired them from The CW,) there are plenty of fresh faces. But from 28 girls, the pilot episode saw a brutal elimination that brought down the number of contestants by half.
It also seems that the show is able to reorganize and reconcile its central conflicts as it struggled to keep its core value and at the same time adapt to the social media age. For example, old school Tyra Mail is replaced now with Rita Alerts that work similar to Snapchat. Celebrity guests imbibe a more youthful vibe as well, with Zendaya, Chanel Iman, and even DJ Khaled appearing on the show.
Tyra Banks opens the show and sets the tone for the revamped ANTM, “I’m not looking for a traditional model, and I’m not looking for a social media model. I’m looking for both.” New host Rita Ora echoes Tyra as she tells the girls, "As you know, we’re looking for the model with the triple B: business, boss, and brand." Rita also adds, “The model of today has to be able to be a boss, has to be able to act, move, have a following.” In essence:
We can’t wait!