Tyra Banks just changed the game.
Just two weeks after announcing her return as host of “America’s Next Top Model.” the supermodel has done away with one of the competition’s biggest criteria: age.
In an Instagram video on Saturday, Banks announced that the show’s longtime age range of 18-27 is no longer a requirement. Now, hopefuls of all ages are allowed an encouraged to audition.
“You know, I’ve stood for diverse beauty and erasing cookie-cutters when it comes to what is deemed beautiful. 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.’ You know what I hear all the time? ‘Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?'” Banks explained in the clip.
“So you know what? I’m taking that age limit off,” she continued. “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 has already been hard at work on cycle 24 of ANTM. Last week, the mother of one shared a photo of herself “working overtime” on the series to make sure it was “off the chain.”