Ageism isn’t getting a photo to advance to the next round because Tyra Banks has recently announced that doing she is dropping the contestant age limit for America’s Next Top Model’s 24th cycle! This will mark the second cycle on VH1. The model and producer announced the news via Twitter, noting in a video that they are removing the previous 27 years and younger age requirement.

“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 exclaimed in the video. “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, honey. You just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel.”

Banks hosted all 22 seasons of ANTM on UPN and the CW and is returning as host of the modeling competition show. She will also continue to executive produce alongside Ken Mok. Production for the new cycle will begin this summer.

This is great news for a wider range of representation in the modeling industry! Check out her ANTM video announcement and casting call below!




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