Tyra Banks Welcomes Rita Ora as America's Next Top Model's New Host
America's Next Top Model is back, and with a whole new sense of style.
Former host Tyra Banks recently spoke with USA Today about the show's revamped identity, star-studded team of judges, and new home on VH1. "It's no longer just about having the highest cheekbones and best pout and the best hair," Banks, 42, says. "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."
According to USA Today, 25-year-old British pop star Rita Ora will take over the position of host and will be joined on the judging panel by model Ashley Graham, chief creative officer of Paper magazine Drew Elliott (of Kim Kardashian West's "Break the Internet" fame), and celebrity stylist Law Roach.
"While there never will be a Tyra replacement, what we wanted to do was really infuse that panel with style fashion and pop culture experts," says VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy. "Together they collectively have the power of what is driving fashion and pop culture today."
The previously canceled show was picked up by VH1 in February, and will be given new life on the network in the form of a 14-episode season—the show's 23rd since it premiered in 2003. New mom Banks is set to remain on as executive producer and plans to make "a couple of appearances" on the new show.
For her part, Ora says she wants to emphasize that the contestants have a strong business sense and is looking for a model who isn't afraid to juggle more than a few things at once.
"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," Ora told USA Today, referring to a week last month when she finished designing her latest collection with Adidas, shot a magazine spread, and completed shooting the sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey.
Season 23 of America's Next Top Model premiere on VH1 this fall.