Tyra Banks has finally convinced Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley to be a judge after 13 cycles of America’s Next Top Model. Banks first approached Talley when she began planning her show eight years ago but he turned her down because he said he wanted to see where it goes. Now that it’s a hit—and we’re sure that it’ll get to cycle 1,000 before going off air—Talley will sit at the judge’s table for cycle 14 ,which premieres March 10.
He will succeed runway coach J. Alexander, who will focus again on working with the contestants.
“I felt maybe I could contribute something to it that had not been on the show,” Talley says. “I just felt that it was a way to step out of the box and associate myself with a very important American success story, a very important brand — Tyra Banks,” Talley tells People.
Banks says Talley will help steer the show in a more high-fashion direction. “André speaks about fashion and he has such a passion, and the words — the adverbs, the adjectives — he uses!” she says. “I know it’s going to make the viewer at home go, ‘Wowww.’” She adds, “It might go over their head, but he’s educating them about a time, bringing them back to a place when fashion was life.”
This more high fashion direction Miss Banks speaks of might go over viewers’ heads because high fashion was never all-inclusive. Why would the average viewers be interested in something that was designed to keep “ordinary” folks away for years. It sounds like the show has jumped the shark.