Americas next top model show includes guy models this time round!

by Wa Kimani  - June 10, 2023

Americas next top model show includes guy models this time round!

by Lucy Wanjiku Mwangi

3e55e6f43eI can’t wait to watch season 20 of this interesting models show. It is characterized with a lot of drama, lots of adventures for the models and it’s just fun to watch. This time round, it’s going to be totally awesome since guys are included in the race to find America’s next top model! It has its highest rated premiere in years. I wonder how the ladies and the guys will compete all for one title. How will the producers of the show ensure equality in terms of tasks performed? But lets wait and watch it to know. Tyra Banks celebrated the 20th season of America’s Next Top Model, which has added male competitors to the mix by showing off her legendary form in Los Angeles during the party in Hollywood where she announced the good news. The supermodel looked stunning as always in a little black dress at the Hollywood event celebrating the show’s latest milestone. The 39-year-old was looking in fabulous form for her age in the eye-catching number, which she twinned with matching strappy shoes. She has been working hard in recent weeks to promote the popular show. You could tell she was excited too!

For those of us who have no idea what am talking about, America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003. The program has aired nineteen cycles so far, and sees several women compete for the title of “America’s Next Top Model”, providing them with an opportunity to begin their career in the modelling industry. Its premise was originated with supermodel and television personality Tyra Banks, who additionally serves as its executive producer and presenter. America’s Next Top Model employs a panel of judges, who critique contestants’ progress throughout the competition and who decide who Americans next top model becomes. They give positive critique to the models to help them in their profession. Each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though in rare cases a double elimination or no elimination was given by consensus of the judging panel. Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the season (usually after the first or second elimination in the finals,) and a trip to an international destination is scheduled at about two-thirds of the way through the season (usually with five or six contestants remaining.) Though not a judge, Jay Manuel served as the creative director during contestants’ photo shoots for the first eighteen cycles. During the nineteenth cycle, he was replaced by Johhny Wujek.

The host Tyra Banks says that during this season 20 which has included men, they better smize just as fiercely as the ladies. Cycle 20, which already premieres on Friday at 8/7c on The CW, marks the first season that both guys and girls will compete for the ultimate title of being named Top Model and becoming the face of Guess. As viewers have seen before, the reality competition has already seen its fair share of drama, but Banks says the addition of males brought the crazy to a whole new level. “A girl would be crying at this photo shoot not because she’s nervous for her photos, but because this guy she likes is not paying her any attention,” Banks tells And the ladies weren’t the only ones with tears! “We also thought the guys would be very much like, ‘Dude, I don’t care. Tyra can send me home? Peace baby,'” Banks says. “But they’re emotional and tearful too.”

Joining Banks on the judges table are Kelly Cutrone and Rob Evans, who Banks reveals had a very different attitude towards the men than she did. “There was a lot of debate,” Banks says. “I feel like a guy should still show his neck. I feel like a guy should still smize. Male model judge Rob Evans feels like a guy should look like a no-neck monster and he thinks it’s all about masculinity and fierce. We have one guy in the competition that’s kind of androgynous and I think we should celebrate that and say, ‘It’s OK, you can be feminine’ and Rob is like, ‘No he can’t.’ So there’s a lot of debate.” Additionally, Banks explains that the challenges will also cater to both sexes — even if that includes nail art. This is the point where I also wondered what will make race fair. I guess all models, male or female almost do the same make ups. Banks continues to say, “We made sure every single thing was something both a guy and girl could do, but there were certain instances where I did make the guys do more feminine things like nail art. I did a nail art photo shoot themed to the years of Top Model,” Banks says. “Another was the smize. [We gave the] guys long nails because in high fashion they do a lot of weird crazy things!”

The first-ever “Guys and Girls” edition will have eight men and eight women living under one roof to battle it out to earn the prestigious title of “America’s Next Top Model.” Well this never been seen before season must be interesting. “The Guys and Girls Get Flirty” episode is the best. Well there are Behind-the-scenes confessions, flirtations and meltdowns among the guys and girls revealed in the never-before-seen footage. Will these base grounds for disqualification from the race? This cycle will explore the similarities and differences that male and female models face in the pursuit of their careers, bringing on experts and celebrities to mentor and challenge them each week. Tyra has made progress from the past through her show in making the careers of the models possible. She even has moved some models from scratch to famous models. There will be more than a little opportunity for rivalry, flirtation and romance. The model hopefuls will compete for a career-launching prize package that includes new prize suppliers Next Model Management and GUESS, as well as Nylon Magazine. The winner will receive prizes including: a $100,000 national ad campaign with GUESS, whose advertising campaigns have launched many modelling careers; a fashion feature in Nylon Magazine, as well as a modelling contract with Next Model Management. In addition to the panel of judges, which includes Banks, fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone, and former boxer and international male supermodel Rob Evans, the public will again be able to have a say in who stays and who goes in the competition. Famed stylist Johnny Wujek returns as photo shoot creative consultant and top fashion blogger Bryanboy will return as the social media correspondent, mentoring the models and highlighting the scores, comments and video messages from the viewers that will be revealed in the show during judging. The executive producers are Ken Mok (“Making the Band”), Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. What can I say, this show has seen lots of work from the producers and all involved and it’s a perfect show of how the model world. Will you tune in to Top Model? Are you glad the show is letting guys compete?

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