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Goodbye ANTM! Tyra Banks Announces the Reality TV Show’s End after 22 Cycles

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America's Next Top Model - BellaNaija - October 2015It’s been an amazing 22 Cycles abut America’s Next Top Model has come to an end.

The show’s creator, Tyra Banks, posted the official announcement on her Instagram page a few hours ago, saying she had decided it was time for the show to end. Tyra posted…

TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time. Our diehard fans know we’ve expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it’s time. It really is. Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we’d do 22 cycles. Whoa! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That’s amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed. I set out to create a show where Perfect is Boring. So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) – the stuff about you that makes you well…you. And I hope you’ve learned a heck of a lot from watching. I have an inkling you have. May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful. And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy. Fierce & Love, ?Tyra

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Speaking on the shows end, Mark Pedowitz (President, The CW) said: “America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon.” “I want to thank Tyra and [producer] Ken Mok for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S., but all across the world.

The show first premiered in May in 2003, and has run 22 shows on 2 different networks – The CW and UPN. ANTM has had many successful versions in other parts of the world such as Asia, Australia, Colombia and most recently Africa, created by Oluchi Orlandi in 2013.

ANTM - Bellanaija - July2013

Although Oluchi Orlandi has made no official statement statement about the announcement, we hope ANTM’s end has no negative effect on the African version.

Tyra currently hosts The FabLife alongside Chrissy Teigen and more.

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16 Comments

  1. Kiiki

    October 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Aww Tyra! Well Done!
    I remember when this show first aired; 11-12years ago. Dang, girls are getting old!!!???

    May your light keep shining Ty-Ty!??????????????????????✔️?

  2. Boredathome

    October 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Dear Bellanaija,
    I have an article idea for you titled “did you know”. Our colonial masters did such a number on us that we find ourselves almost “fist fighting” people we think are going contrary to “tradition” which may not even be tradition after all and most certainly does not belong to us as Nigerians/Africans in general. For example…since we love all things marriage, weddings relationships etc on here….

    Did you know that there is nothing pure, virginal or even biblical about wearing a white wedding gown? Forget what that preacher man or lady who twisted a certain bible verse to suit his or her beliefs told you the church congregation. This was simply the result of a trend that started after Queen Victoria decided to wear white at her own wedding. Before that babes just dey shine in their Sunday best for their weddings in colours that were mostly grays, navy blues and the likes. So darlings if you like wear green wedding gown sef you ain’t breaking no tradition.

    Did you know that there is no law or obligation that requires a woman to take her husband’s name after marriage? I tell you these buggers did a number on us. This was yet another British tradition that denoted possession of property so you his wife, his farm, his animals, his farm equipment were all considered his property and you taking his name signified his ownership of you. Women in the Spanish speaking world from Spain to South America traditionally keep their maiden names after marriage and only add the husband’s name as an extra if they feel like it. Greek women are actually required by law to keep their birth name aka maiden name their entire lives. Muslim women keep their maiden names after marriage. So forget that thing oga or madam pastor told you once again that because two became one you should now take Oga husband’s name by fire by force because if it was indeed a biblical requirement my very religious and very catholic Spanish speaking sisters would have long dropped their papa’s names for their husband’s. If you like sister girl add your grandpapa’s name sef join alongside your papa’s own there is nothing like “YOU HAVE” to take on your husband’s name. That is a personal preference, to each their own. Besides like my very happily married maiden name keeping 60+ year old aunties say it is easier to drop one name than to start reverting to your maiden name should things go asunder. I like these Spanish speaking people’s traditions especially that one where the children take a surname from each parent at birth; my kinda people after all na two people come join make pikin no be so? That is one tradition that I will happily borrow and keep.

    Oh while still on the marriage/wedding topics forget what they told you there is no bad luck in your groom seeing you in your wedding gown before the wedding. Have you guys seen how many grooms go to the fitting with their brides on TLC’s “Say yes to the dress”? And these are the people who “brought” said tradition o see how they are now breaking it anyhow

    BN over to your research team oya start researching!

    • Tosin

      October 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      word!

    • Las

      October 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      My dear, chop kiss for this your write up. The Spanish situation is real, a woman does not take a man’s name, she can add it though. For example Bimpe Adam married to Nonso John could use Bimpe Adam de John just to let people know she is married. Also, the children will have both surnames added to their names.

      Even in this our Nigeria, our female Yoruba ancestors took no man’s name. Women (my grandmother being one) were referred to as omo so and so, meaning so and so daughter and maybe sometimes aya so and so (so and so’s wife). My grandmother although married retained her maiden name.

      We really have a lot to learn. Thank you.

  3. Realtalk

    October 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Bella biko post the latest Ndani Real Talk.

  4. jstme

    October 15, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Abeg @Boredathome…….start your own blog…and write whatever you like

    • Boredathome

      October 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      do you want to help me start it

    • Bar Baric

      October 16, 2015 at 5:15 am

      Contact the guys at Radio Mouth, they’ll give you a segment to air your views if you can sustain it. Or just send your articles out to bloggers via email, and the ones who are inclined, such as myself, will publish.

  5. bruno

    October 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I blame tyra banks for messing this show up with her over the top, silly ideas.

    America’s next top model was a serious modelling show back then. the prices back then were fantastics. cover girl, vogue italia cover, etc the girls were very competitive and determined back then. weird akward girls wear given a shot at modelling, less privileged girls were given a shot. the show celebrated uniqueness and encouraged people to be confident.

    tyra messed the show up by making it guys and girls.it became a dating show. They were always forcing the models to kiss each other. that turned me off so much.

  6. Tosin

    October 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    she must have really been on fire back then when she came up with the idea. and what a successful run. and how cool to STILL be on the message that beauty just is.

  7. nmadeevah

    October 15, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Finally, people were already over it. She made a smart choice, before the network cancels the show

    • mrs chidukane

      October 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      I am not over the show oh. In fact, I am mourning right now.

    • bruno

      October 15, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      ” She made
      a smart choice, before the network cancels the
      show”

      lol. u are so easily deceived. thats what she wanted u to think.
      she knew the show was getting cancelled that’s why she posted that tweet, to save face,to make it look like it was her idea to pull the plug but in reality the network cancelled the show because of the poor ratings. as ur self, if the ratings of the show were high, why would she pull the plug

      musicians do it also. I parted ways with my record label.lol . in reality, the person was dropped by their record label.

  8. Bar Baric

    October 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

    All good things come to an end. It’s better she announces the end of the show herself, or the network gives her the Piers Morgan treatment.

  9. ATL's finest

    October 19, 2015 at 5:50 am

    She’s come a ALONG way and I remember the very first season including some great winners like Eva season 1st, Carride English etc. Yaya was there , Nnena so she’s made a lot of $$$ even Heidi Klum brought Germany’s next top model. So, she tries VS model to Tyrabanks show to ANTM etc. Went back to school to get a degree. I’m proud of her & good luck to her

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