Ora the next judge on ‘ANTM’

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.

According to InStyle, former host Tyra Banks recently told the USA TODAY about the show’s forthcoming changes, first detailing new requisites for aspiring models.

“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 ANTMInStyle 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.

Tyra Takes on the Tech Community

From taking the runway to taking the stage at a technology conference, supermodel, talkshow host and beauty startup owner Tyra Banks did just that when she spoke at the Wall Street Journal tech conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

According to CNN Money, the three-day conference featured few women speakers, but Banks was one of the women to command the microphone at the event. An investor in tech startups herself, Banks was not out of place at the conference. But CNN Money explains that Banks was there to talk about more than just entrepreneurship; she married the two subjects together as she spoke on the importance of encouraging women in the workplace. A vocal advocate for female empowerment, Banks made a statement on the matter in the way she knows best — with her outfit, wearing a T-shirt under her blazer that read “I’m an entrepreneur, bitch.”

Speaking on her modeling career, Banks discussed how she ‘broke the glass ceiling,’ becoming the first black model on the cover of Sports Illustrated. From here, she explained that female entrepreneurs need to persevere and “break the powers that be,” while men in positions of power need to allow women the opportunity to succeed.

“Do research about what female leaders can bring to you that a man cannot,” Banks said, according to CNN Money. “Divorce a lot of these preconceived notions that we have as children [about] how we see women in the workplace.”

At Banks’ own startup, Tyra Beauty, she explained that she actually had to make a concerted effort to employ men, considering she is so “pro-women.”

Just how pro-women is she? CNN Money reports that her beauty line features a lipstick shade called “Ask for a raise,” because she wants to “encourage women to do just that.”

Thank you, Tyra Banks, for not only telling us, but showing us how to break the glass ceiling to become powerful forces in the workplace and in the world.

Unapologetically Herself-ie

It takes a lot of guts to post an unedited, makeup-free and filter-free selfie on social media. But yesterday, supermodel Tyra Banks took to Instagram to post what she called a “#RawAndReal” photo of herself.

Screenshot of Tyra Banks' Instagram (@tyrabanks).

Screenshot of Tyra Banks’ Instagram (@tyrabanks).

In the caption of the photo, Banks explains that she wanted to give her followers a real glimpse of herself, sans makeup, filters and photoshop, despite feeling uneasy about showcasing her “dark circles.” She goes on to say, “Maybe you’re thinking, ‘Whoa, she looks ROUGH.’ And if you are, great! You deserve to see the REAL me.”

For a world-famous supermodel to take to such a public forum and show the world that she is not perfect is incredibly brave. So often we consume ourselves with the looks of models, actresses and musicians, studying their perfect faces and perfect bodies as they grace the covers of magazines or walk down red carpets. But we fail to realize that we are only seeing a finished product; we are not seeing all the work it takes for these celebrities to look this way.

Social media has only begun to let onlookers to peek behind the veil of perfection, allowing for more transparency between celebrities and their fans. But as much as social media has helped to show fans the ‘human’ side of celebrities, we still see a lot perfected pictures and rarely see them as they truly are; there is still quite a bit of fog blurring our vision, perpetuating the existence of the idea of flawlessness.

But Banks’ photo did not just allow us to peek behind the veil of perfection that separates fans from celebrities; her photo tore away that veil, allowing her fans and the world to see her as she naturally is. And you know what? She is a lot like us. She was worried about showing her dark circles, a fear that many women share and work everyday to cover and conceal. But by sharing this one photo, Tyra Banks told the world that even supermodels aren’t perfect. And what’s more, she told us that imperfections are okay and that we should own our real, raw selves instead of hiding behind a false impression of perfection.

Bank’s photo teaches us that flawlessness does not exist. So instead of aspiring to have perfect faces and perfect bodies, Banks is telling us to own what we have, and be unapologetically ourselves. And that is an inspired way to live life.

Thank you, Tyra Banks.