Good news, America’s Next Top Model fans. The days of aspiring models blue-steeling their way down the catwalk and out-posing each other while living together in a glorified TV mansion are far from over.
Even though the long-running series wrapped its 22-cycle run after 12 years this past December, the show has been revived quicker than Carrie Bradshaw could scream “fashion roadkill.”
The ratings may have been on the decline, but as far as international sales went the show was still considered a big enough hit to grab the interest of U.S. broadcaster VH1, which will bring the show back with a few itsy bitsy changes. Like, oh, just that Tyra Banks will no longer be the host! No worries though, she’ll stick around as an executive producer.
The show will also move to New York, which makes sense considering the fashion presence there. Over the course of 14 new episodes the network reportedly also plans to make considerable changes to involve a more modern audience. Although it hasn’t revealed what types of changes, we’d bet on an even heavier social media presence and Instagram accounts galore. After all, that is how many models are getting their start these days.
Say what you will about Banks and the series, but back in the heyday it was a pretty big deal for the fashion industry. Not only did it bring back the likes of Twiggy and Janice Dickinson, but it put Canadian Jay Manuel on the map — so much so that he also became a judge on two of the three seasons of Bell Media’s Canada’s Next Top Model.
Then there’s the fact that the show was an early advocate for trans-models, allowing male models onto the series and blowing the lid off the entire process. We’d call that relevant indeed… or at the very least we’d call it fierce.
Sadly, although ANTM is expected to return at some point this year, no Canadian broadcasters have jumped on board yet. But we’ll keep our perfectly manicured fingers crossed in anticipation until we hear otherwise.