magazine’s Drew Elliott, and “image architect” (and stylist to the stars) Law Roach will reprise their roles as panelists on the upcoming edition of the long-running reality show, which Tyra Banks will return to front later this year, VH1 announced Friday.
is my baby — I couldn’t stay behind the camera for too long. I’m excited to return to the new cycle as host and welcome back Ashley, Drew, and Law to the panel,” Banks said via press statement. “I trust their amazing talents and expertise will continue to bring a FIERCE edge to the competition, where for the first time ever we are doing away with age limits, and accepting prospective contestants from 18 to infinity!”
Rita Ora, who filled in for Banks across the show’s 23rd cycle — its first to air on VH1 (where it debuted to its highest ratings in five years) after broadcasting on The CW between 2006 and 2015 — will not return as a primary judge. Banks and Ken Mok, who launched the series in 2003 on UPN, will serve as executive producers once again.
As Banks previously confirmed, cycle 24 eliminates the 27-year age limit
has enforced in the past, opening up the competition to model hopefuls of all ages.
“In putting these girls on the show and saying, ‘You are beautiful,’ I wasn’t necessarily telling them they were beautiful; I was using them as a vessel to tell millions of girls around the world who looked like them that
were beautiful,” Banks told EW during an exclusive interview earlier this year, explaining her dedication to casting
as diversely as she can. “It’s so nice to see it’s normalizing. I guess
In April, former judges Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, and Miss J. Alexander stirred fan anticipation when they posed together in a series on Instagram shots taken in New York City, where they teased a new collaborative project many believed to be related to a
‘s 24th cycle begins later this month, with a premiere currently slated for December.
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