After 22 cycles, Tyra Bank’s competitive modeling show America’s Next Top Model will be coming to an end this December. The show that has been responsible for the careers of Analeigh Tipton, Eva Marcille (then known as Eva Pigford), Yaya Dacosta, Toccara Jones, Adrianne Curry, Winnie Harlow, Az Marie, Carrie D English and others will sadly end it’s 12 year run on television.
Banks announced the end of the show via Instagram in a lengthy post that explains her thoughts on why the show should come to an end. Banks made it a goal to teach the fashion industry to model hopefuls and fans across the world. Her mission in expanding on unconventional beauty was widely recognized and appreciated. Top model did not discriminate. Each cycle provided opportunities for men and women to find the beauty in their flaws, and then learning to accept and market them. Each episode provided a teachable moment for various communities. We learned from the models who were legally blind, deaf, transgender and homosexual. We learned a bit about models with Vitiligo and Psoriasis. We were even educated on eating disorders and the importance of taking good care of your body. Banks used Top Model as the ultimate platform to show the good, the bad and the ugly of the modeling industry.
America’s Next Top Model has set the standard on what a model should be. Although it is coming to an end, don’t feel bad for Tyra. She can still be found on day-time television on FABLife, a daily lifestyle show that premiered in September.