After being cancelled by the CW Network, America’s Next Top Model certainly got a new life when it was picked up by VH1 — and its also getting some new talent to resuscitate the long-admired program.
“It’s no longer just about having the highest cheekbones and best pout and the best hair,” Banks told the USA TODAY, according to InStyle. “My goal is to really get into these girls’ heads that I’m not looking for some successful model and I’m not looking for some social-media star. I’m looking for both. I’m looking for a hybrid, because that’s where the world is.”
But those aren’t the only changes set to hit the runway of ANTM. InStyle says that British pop singer Rita Ora will take over Banks’ hosting duties (Banks will remain as the show’s executive producer), while the judging panel will be rounded out by the likes of celebrity stylist Law Roach, model Ashley Graham and Paper magazine’s chief creative officer, Drew Elliott.
While VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy said, “There will never be a Tyra replacement,” InStyle says he also knows that the show’s new team has a keen sense of the current state of pop-culture affairs. “Together they collectively have the power of what is driving fashion and pop culture today,” he said.
As for Ora’s role in the show, the singer told the USA TODAY that she is looking for women who can handle several jobs at once — much like Ora herself.
“The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it’s music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes,” she said, according to InStyle.
Ora and her team of judges will set out on their search for the freshest face in fashion when ANTM premiers this fall on VH1.