Tyra Banks nixes ‘ANTM’ contestant age limit: ‘I don’t care how old’ models are

The supermodel, television producer, and makeup mogul has announced she is removing the age limit from the ANTM contestant   application, opening the modeling competition up to contenders of all ages. I don’t care how old you are, honey.”

Apply Now!!!#michellemockcastingSend 3 pics,Name,Age,stats + Contact Info to VH1TopModel@gmail.com. Citizens pic.twitter.com/A7lUJ7rVv4
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) April 1, 2017

While the age limit is a thing of the past, Banks asks that potential contestants come prepared to do two things: “You just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel,” she says. Show Full Article Why have an age limit?’ So, you know what? You want to audition for America’s Next Top Model? RELATED:   ‘America’s Next Top Model’: Where Are They Now? “This has always been a passion of mine. Pop star Rita Ora replaced Banks in the interim. Previous editions of Top Model   have also prominently showcased British contestants (cycle 18), college students (cycle 19), and male competitors (cycles 20, 21, and 22). Across its 14-year run, ANTM has often imposed limits on applicants’ height and age, though exceptions have been made — most notably cycle 13, which featured only women under the fashion industry standard height of 5’7″. I guess   Top Model   has normalized what difference is in beauty.”

ANTM‘s 24th cycle will shoot this summer. “You know what I hear all the time? Watch Banks’   discuss the new application process above. ‘Tyra, come on! U.S. I’m taking that age limit off. Banks, who was also recently hired as the new host of NBC’s   America’s Got Talent, confirmed she would   return to the show she launched back in 2003 after taking a short hiatus from the judges’ panel throughout cycle 23 — the show’s first to air on VH1. It’s been just over two weeks since   Tyra Banks reclaimed her position at the head of America’s Next Top Model‘s judging panel,   but   the 43-year-old is already stirring the pot. “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,” Banks said in a video message she tweeted Saturday. Model hopefuls are encouraged to apply by submitting their name, age, stats, contact information, and three photos to   VH1TopModel@gmail.com. It’s so nice to see it’s normalizing. “In putting these girls on the show and saying, ‘You are beautiful,’ I wasn’t necessarily telling them they were beautiful; I was using them as a vessel to tell millions of girls around the world who looked like them that   they   were beautiful,” Banks — referencing the unorthodox casting decisions   she often makes on ANTM — told EW in an exclusive interview last month.