While Tyra Banks won’t be in front of the camera, she IS sticking around as executive producer. Model Ashely Graham, stylist Law Roach and Paper magazine creative officer Drew Elliott make up the rest of the new judging panel.via EW:
Singer Rita Ora, of “Black Widow” fame, previously served on the judging panels for the U.K.’s The Voice and The X Factor. Graham is perhaps best known as the first plus-sized model to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition back in February. Roach’s styling credits include Celine Dion and Ariana Grande, and Paper’s Drew Elliott was the brain behind Kim Kardashian’s “Break the Internet” cover.
Banks unveiled the new judging panel to USA Today and teased the new season, saying, “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.”
The 23rd cycle will return to its original format of featuring all female contestants after having co-ed contestants since cycle 20. Deaf male model Nyle DiMarco won cycle 22’s competition (as well as season 22 of Dancing with the Stars), the last season to air on The CW, before VH1 acquired the franchise.
Rita Ora? Why? Was Chrissy Teigen busy or something?