Tyra Banks’ popular reality series America’s Next Top Model is coming to a close, but the former super model wants us to “keep smizing.”
After 22 cycles, the show, which premiered 12 years ago, is ending after the current season.
Banks, who now co-hosts the syndicated talk show FABLife, announced the news on Instagram, and the CW confirmed shortly after.
“Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time,” she wrote. “…Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses…”
Restructuring the fashion industry’s definition of beauty, the program invited models of all shapes, sizes, shades and genders to take a walk on the runway.
Although the competition is ending, it’s impact will forever hold a place in history.
Read Banks’ entire heartfelt message below, and catch the very last episode on Dec. 4.
TYRA MAIL! 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, Tyra