Tyra Banks scraps the age limit for America’s Next Top Model contestants
Tyra Banks, executive producer and original host of the sensational reality tv series America’s Next Top Model, has made an executive decision. There will no longer be an age limit for the contestants who audition for and participate in the show.
Formerly, contestants needed to be 27 years old or younger to audition for the show. Now, in the 24th season of the show, the auditions are open to all ages. The supermodel commented, “”You know what I hear all the time? ‘Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?’ So, you know what? I’m taking that age limit off.”
For the previous 23 seasons, contestants were required to be 27 year or younger. This required many women to forsake their dreams before they turned the ripe old age of 30. This type of ageist attitude is a trademark of the fashion industry - but Banks appears to be fighting back.
Banks herself is 43, though she began modeling when she was 15 years old. Represented by Elite Model Management, she walked the runways in Europe - including 25 shows during the 1991 Paris Fashion Week. She started her own production company and began hosting and producing America’s Next Top Model in 2003.
Fans will anxiously await this season’s cast of America’s Next Top Model to see the new set of models of all ages. Check out the video below.