Cycle 19 of the America's Next Top Model is just around the corner and the press-ready stories are still coming in thick and fast. As you'll recall, in the midst of the attention surrounding Naomi Campbell's new show recently, Tyra Banks decided to sit down with the Post telling them that she nearly walked away from the show and now, on cue, another ANTM story has been emerged.
Talking to the Hollywood Reporter, Banks said that she got a call from her bosses at CW while she was in class at Harvard telling her to shake-up the show's line-up. 'I got a note that said you need to get out of class and take this call,' she told Page Six. 'My boss said...there are no sacred cows, and you have to do some crazy changes. It was a mandate.'
Just when we thought Kelly Cutrone's appointment as a judge was the last big change on 'America's Next Top Model', the show's producers confirmed that that is not the end to the line-up changes. After 18 cycles Jay Manuel, J. Alexander and judge Nigel Barker have all been given the axe.
According to Page Six, all three were informed yesterday that their contracts would not be renewed for cycle 19 and interestingly, reports allege that producers are looking for a blogger to join the panel. 'We hear producers are looking to add a social media slant to the sow, and they've already reached out to bloggers and fashion insiders with a strong web presence, including street-style blogger Bryan Boy,' Page Six wrote. Fashionista contacted Bryan who revealed that contrary to reports, he hasn't bee n approached. 'I love Tyra and ANTM - I thin it would be amazing to make a cameo (hello Andre! hello Franca!) but no, nothing is in the works as of now,' he told the site. 'This is the first time I heard of this.'
If you are missing seeing André Leon Talley on the small screen since he passed the ANTM judging baton to Kelly Cutrone, I come baring good news. Bravo have just announced that they are working on a new fashion show in which the Vogue editor will play a prominent role.
According to the press release : 'We follow four up-and-coming fashion design teams as they produce the defining collection of their careers, all under the watchful eye of fashion icon André Leon Talley. The mission to “create, show and sell” is clear for emerging designers striving to build a business in New York City, which remains the heart of the fashion industry.' While I will never give up an opportunity to watch him on TV, the show doesn't seem to add anything to the already staurated fashion reality TV show market.
Do we really need yet another fashion-design show?
It's no secret that contestants on America's Next Top Model rarely do well after leaving the show, minus the odd exception, but it looks like more and more of the ANTM alumni are trying to change this.
Fatima Siadappeared in the recent Camila Akrans-shot Herve Leger campaign and Allison Harvard, who recently came third in the show's All Star season, is trying to go the same way. Late last week she confirmed via Twitter that she's bagged three shows at New York Fashion Week. What shows they are was not confirmed but no matter which designer it is, getting into fashion week alone is a big score for a former contestants, no?
Thats right; ANTM's next winner is set for Italiano stardom with Vogue Italia being its newest sponsors for the upcoming fifteenth season. Prizes including a Vogue cover and two fashion spreads will certainly call for more catfights on the catwalk, but then again thats what we love to watch! On forming these partnerships, Banks said:
I was so excited when Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue, reached out to me at the end of last year to be a permanent contributor on the recently launched vogue.it (Italian Vogue’s new website) - I was (and AM!) so honored and excited to be working so closely with such an iconic brand. Franca and I really hit it off; we really connected on a personal level, but even more so as we exchanged visions for the future of our brands. I knew instantly that we were destined to partner together in another BIG way; I even told Franca I’d be in touch as soon as I figured out what that was - OH, and I wasn’t kidding. Here’s ANTM with an Italian Vogue cover, and not one, but TWO in-book fashion spreads for our winner."
Our new favourite America's Next Top Model judge, Vogue's André Leon Talley has revealed that he will indeed be returning for another cycle of the ever popular modelling reality show, and boy are we glad. His antics on ANTM have made him more popular than the charming (and rather eye catching) Nigel Barker, and if you joined us in thinking that our dear ALT made the show more entertaining this cycle, then you'll love his latest revelation.
The editor-turned-television star revealed that he's been working on a one-man show, and would love to make it a Broadway production, while talking at the FIT's Fashion Culture series last Thursday. We're joining the ALT fans over at The Cut, who declared it 'a cause worth fighting for' - so let's see how many people tweet/blog/plea with their politicians even to get our favourite judge on the mainstage. After all, this would be one Broadway production that would avoid being 'drekitude'.
We all know that Tyra Banks has a soft spot for Chanel Iman so it's hardly a suprise that Banks has brought the model on to be a guest judge in the the two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model on Wednesday 9th September.
Banks has pulled out the stops for the next season and has reportedly bagged Josie Maran, Jessica White, Kirsty Hume and Marissa Miller to also appear as guest judges on the show. Lauren Conrad will also be participating in the new season.
Who would you like to see as a guest judge on the show?