America’s Next Top Model: Tyra Banks Recruits Rita Ora As New Host & New Judges

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Drew Elliott, Rita Ora, Law Roach & Ashley Graham

Drew Elliott, Rita Ora, Law Roach & Ashley Graham

America’s Next Top Model returns to TV this fall, on it’s new home, vh1. There will be many changes, including a new host, British pop star Rita Ora, will be taking over Tyra Banks’ spot.

The new judges, are model Ashley Graham, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover star known for her body-positive messaging; Drew Elliott, chief creative officer Paper magazine (behind Kim Kardashian’s “Break the Internet” bare-booty cover); and stylist Law Roach, who counts Zendaya and Ariana Grande as clients and recently worked with Celine Dion in Paris.

Creator, executive producer and former host Tyra Banks explains: “It’s no longer just about having the highest cheekbones and best pout and the best hair. 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.”

After CW canceled the show after 22 season, VH1 bid on the show. “I thought we were done with the brand. But the fact that the brand still has viability, and that VH1 really truly sees a strong future with it, how could I say no to that?” says Tyra who says she will make “a couple of appearances” on the new show.

The new concept includes a weekly pop culture challenge, “While there never will be a Tyra replacement, what we wanted to do was really infuse that panel with style fashion and pop culture experts. Together they collectively have the power of what is driving fashion and pop culture today,” says VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy.

Rita says she wants the contestants to think about their business future first.

“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,” says Rita Ora.

Rita just recently exited her contract with Jay Z’s Roc Nation and signed with Atlantic Records. “I’m so excited about it. I’m actually recording my album as we speak.”

America’s Next Top Model returns to New York for 14 episodes with all female contestants.

“I actually just finished my first elimination. I can’t go into detail, but it was definitely an emotional one,” Rita says.

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Source: USA Today

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