Tyra Banks Announces the End of ‘America’s Top Model’ After 22 Seasons

Tyra Banks

After 12 years and 22 seasons, America’s Next Top Model is coming to an end.

The veteran supermodel and business woman shared the news via Instagram with a lengthy post that reads:

Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time. Our diehard fans know we’ve expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it’s time. It really is.
Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done.
#ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we’d do 22 cycles. Whoa! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That’s amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed.

I set out to create a show where Perfect is Boring. So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) – the stuff about you that makes you well…you. And I hope you’ve learned a heck of a lot from watching. I have an inkling you have. May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful. And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy.
Fierce & Love,

ANTM wa one if the highest-rated shows at the height of it’s popularity on UPN. When UPN and the CW merged, the reality model competition was the first show to air. The show has remained popular throughout the years and has lauched the careers of Yaya DaCosta, Eva Marcille and Toccara Jones.

The finale of the 22nd season and the last show will air on Dec. 4 on the CW, which also happens to be Banks’ birthday.


(Photo Credit:  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images and CW)