Image Credit: Martina Monica Tolot/The CWTwo things that are not synonymous: America’s Next Top Model and class. Cycle after cycle I tune in to this guilty pleasure to see Tyra’s antics, house drama, and the highly anticipated makeover week. (Oh and, of course, moments like this.) How could I possibly resist?
But it appears Tyra and the ANTM crew are stepping it up this season with some classy, high-fashion judges stemming from a partnership with Italian Vogue. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s 15th cycle, which premieres Sept. 8, will feature the likes of photographer Patrick Demarchelier, photographer-director Matthew Rolston, and designers Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, and Roberto Cavalli. Holy Anna Wintour, PopWatchers! Judges that actually have something to do with high fashion? (Cycle 14 featured special guests Whitney Port and Ross Mathews. Hmm.)
“No one confesses out loud to watching it,” executive producer Ken Mok told The Hollywood Reporter. “But the second we went out and told the world that Italian Vogue was going to be the prize…that completely opened the doors, carte blanche, to any and everybody we wanted.”
Nicely played, producers. I’ve always critiqued the show for booting off girls who were deemed “too commercial.” But anyone who has seen the show knows that’s exactly what the competition is about! How many CoverGirl challenges must we sit through before people realize this? Don’t get me wrong. I love a good flubbed CoverGirl lash blaster tongue twister, but the ANTM team needs to stop sending the models mixed signals. And maybe, in the 15th cycle of this beloved show, we’ll finally see the high-fashion focus we’ve been missing all along.
Or maybe not. I imagine that drama will still run amok in the house, and Tyra will still be Tyra. But with these new judges and the Italian Vogue prize added to the mix, maybe ANTM will take a step towards class instead of one giant leap toward trashy. What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you be watching this cycle of the show? And what are your thoughts on the newly recruited guest judges?
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