Tyra Banks addressed the crowd in promotion of the all-star cycle of America’s Next Top Model to air this fall, and promised that cycle 17 will mark the end of the show’s existence as its most basis premise:

“We will never have another normal cycle of America’s Next Top Model again,” she said, perhaps the first person in history to apply the term “normal” to the show.

Banks did not elaborate, so I guess it’s up to me to elaborate for her. Here’s what I’m guessing she meant (and probably can’t say in front of people she hopes will buy ad space on her show):

The lifespan of Top Model as simply Top Model has come and gone. As reality shows go, it’s ancient. Sixteen seasons! That’s a lot of seasons, and the show’s attempts to make the competition more “high fashion” have not increased ratings or decreased fan feelings that the show hit its peak more than a few cycles ago. I mean, I still love it, obviously, but you can only watch so many episodes of crazy photo shoots and ridiculous runways before you feel like you’ve seen it all before.

In my head, I can already envision an all plus-sized season, an older woman iteration, and maybe even finally! 😉 an all-male cast. I don’t know maybe they’re thinking to hard about it ..

Posted by Katiee

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