One of the things that has defined America’s Next Top Model through the entirety of its run, whether it be on UPN, The CW, or on VH1, is that the show has required its first-time contestants to be 27 or younger. That’s changed now, as for the first time the upcoming 24th cycle of the show will allow models from any age to take part in the show.
In the video at the bottom of this article, you can see Tyra Banks, who is returning to host the show after briefly giving the reigns to Rita Ora, making it clear that things are going to be changing for the series as we move forward:
“There have been 23 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, and every single cycle we say you have to be 27 years old or younger … You know what I hear all the time? ‘Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?’ So, you know what? I’m taking that age limit off. You want to audition for America’s Next Top Model? I don’t care how old you are… you just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel.”
This is great news for the older models interested in trying out for the show, though we don’t imagine personally that this is going to make a huge dent when it comes to the show’s overall cast. Maybe you get a contestant or two older than 27 in the cast, but by and large we think that the main focus of the show will be on the younger crowd. We still think that this is where the bulk of the contestants will come from, and typically the majority of the most-popular starting models in the world are within that age.
The biggest thing that we’re curious about moving into the new cycle is whether or not it will even work as well now that Tyra’s back, and we don’t quite know who will join her. We’re not altogether sure if this is an unpopular opinion, but we felt like the Ora version worked and that the franchise needed a new coat of paint after relying for the most part on the same thing for so many years.
What do you think about the change in the age limit? Does it matter at all? Be sure to share some of your thoughts on the subject now in the comments. (Photo: VH1.)