Some sites initially doubted the veracity of rumors that pop singer Rita Ora would be taking up the mantle of host of America's Next Top Model, but to us she actually seemed like a fun, fresh choice from the start. Now the gossip has been confirmed as true, with The Tyrant Tyra Banks officially passing on the cape and cowl to Ora, a next-gen supermodel superhero.
Also getting a reboot are the judges. Gone is the reign of Miss Jay and Kelly Cutrone.
Now, aspiring pretty people will be faced with critiques from model Ashley Graham, stylist Law Roach and Paper magazine’s chief creative officer Drew Elliott, (best known as the brains behind Kim Kardashian’s “Break the Internet” cover photo).
“It’s no longer just about having the highest cheekbones and best pout and the best hair,” said Tyra Banks (who is still executive producing the show) to USA Today. “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.”
"I thought we were done with the brand. But the fact that the brand still has viability, and that VH1 really truly sees a strong future with it, how could I say no to that?" she continued.
Ora, the new scion of Tyra's psychosis, had this to say: “The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it’s music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes.”
The upcoming reboot will feature all-female contestants and is currently in production. “I actually just finished my first elimination," Ora says. "I can’t go into detail, but it was definitely an emotional one.”
No word yet on when the series itself will debut, but it's found a home on VH1.