There are big changes afoot at America's Next Top Model. Show creator and host Tyra Banks fired Nigel Barker and the Jays, staple personalities of the long-running reality modeling competion, and hired two ANTM newbies, male model Rob Evans and celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek, for Cycle 19.
And there's yet another twist: viewers get to vote on eliminations, because Banks is determined to make sure that ANTM resembles the modeling industry as little as possible.
Voting for Cycle 19, the "College Edition" (because Tyra can't miss a chance to mention her nine-week stint at Harvard Business School), is already underway. Over on Facebook, the former supermodel is begging you to help her narrow down the 30 finalists to 13 girls that'll get a spot in the ANTM "Sorority House." (Typing "Sorority House" almost made me throw up in my mouth.) I'm kind of glad that Tyra's finally on to her own utter lack of judgement.
Each one of the thirty finalists is pursuing some sort of post-secondary education: hopefuls were plucked from 4-year colleges, community colleges, divinity school, law school, beauty school. This ensures that the show will consist entirely of women who are too old to have a shot at a modeling career. Genius.
To bring these serious-minded college girls down a few notches, Tyra Banks styled them in tiny bikini bottoms, tacky cropped tops, and clunky, cheap-looking stilettos. All the models look cold and uncomfortable. This could be a promotional FHM "Sexy Coeds" calendar — right down to the accompanying blurbs, which list the women's colleges and majors, their favorite movies and their favorite foods (the favorite foods thing is such a Tyra touch).
20 year old at 5’8” from University of Texas at Austin, studying English and French. Loves Gossip Girl, the Harry Potter series, and Nerds.
18 year old at 5’9” from Liberty University, studying English. Loves Friends, Gone, and Mediterranean food.
19 year old at 5’9” from San Diego State University, studying Nursing. Loves Nurse Jackie, The Girl Next Door, and food.
19 year old at 5’10” from Michigan State University, studying Pre-Veterinary. Loves ANTM, Superbad, and mashed potatoes.
20 year old at 5’9” from Southern Methodist University, studying Psychology and Creative Writing. Loves How I Met Your Mother, Star Wars, and sushi
20 year old at 5’8” from the University of Virginia, studying Astronomy/Astrophysics. Loves Friends, Pride & Prejudice, and pasta
19 year old at 5’8” from East Stroudsburg University, studying English in Secondary Education. Loves Unfaithful, The Notebook, and potatoes.
22 year old at 5’7” from Harvard Divinity School, studying Archaeology of Religion. Loves Breaking Bad, Zombieland, and doughnuts.
20 year old at 5’10” from the University of Rhode Island, studying Textiles Fashion Merchandising & Design. Loves Project Runway, Zoolander, and salmon.
18 year old at 5’9” from New York University, studying Journalism. Loves Castle, Fight Club, and sushi.
21 year old at 6’0” from Paul Smith’s College, studying Hotel Resort Tourism Management. Loves Revenge, Groundhog Day, and pasta.
23 year old at 5’9” from Delaware State University, studying Elementary Education. Loves The L Word, Paris Is Burning, and lamb.
19 year old at 5’7” from Florida State College of Jacksonville, studying Communications. Loves Storage Wars, Grease, and seafood.
22 year old at 5’9” from the University of California, Irvine, studying Sociology in Education. Loves ANTM, Love & Basketball, and salad with fruit.
19 year old at 5’9” from Kent University studying Fashion Merchandising. Loves Gossip Girl, A Walk to Remember, and Mexican food.
23 year old at 5’9” from the University of Southern California, Graduate School, studying Architecture. Loves Project Runway, The Labyrinth, and Indian food.
22 year old at 5’8” from Elan Makeup Studio/Academy, studying Makeup Artistry. Loves ANTM, Love Jones, and pizza.
24 year old at 5’10” from Ohio State University, studying Strategic Communications. Loves The Simpsons, Step Brothers and spaghetti.
18 year old at 5’11” from Cypress Community College studying Psychology. Loves shrimp and sushi.
18 year old at 5’8” from The Aveda Institute of Columbus studying Cosmetology. Loves That 70’s Show, Gia, and sushi.
20 year old at 5’8” from Texas Christian University studying Early Childhood Education. Loves The Biggest Loser, Top Gun, and spaghetti
23 year old at 5’11” from Oregon State University studying Fashion Merchandising. Loves The Biggest Loser, Forrest Gump, and brownies.
22 year old at 5’9” from Louisiana State University studying Biological Sciences. Loves Boondocks, Avatar, and crawfish stew over fried catfish.
26 year old at 5’11” from College of William and Mary Law School studying Law. Loves Modern Family, Bridesmaids, and lasagna.
22 year old at 6’0” from University of Texas Austin studying Apparel Design. Loves Gossip Girl, Miracle at St. Anna, and seafood
23 year old at 5’10” from Texas Tech University Health and Sciences Center studying Nursing. Loves House, Mean Girls, and garlic pasta.
22 year old at 5’7” from University of Illinois studying Environmental Science. Loves ANTM, Mean Girls, and chocolate chip cookies.
18 year old at 5’10” from Chandler-Gilbert Community College/Disney College Program, major undeclared. Loves ANTM, The Lion King, and cereal.
20 year old at 5’10” from Texas State University studying Acting. Loves Breaking Bad, Donnie Darko, and BBQ.
20 year old at 5’10” from Florida State University studying Graphic Design and Hospitality. Loves Gossip Girl, Slumdog Millionaire, and mac & cheese.
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