Tyra Banks has finally convinced Vogue editor-at-large Andr√© 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‚ÄĒand we’re sure that it’ll get to cycle 1,000 before going off air‚ÄĒTalley 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.
‚ÄúI felt maybe I could contribute something to it that had not been on the show,‚ÄĚ Talley says. ‚ÄúI 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 ‚ÄĒ Tyra Banks,‚ÄĚ Talley tells People.
Banks says Talley will help steer the show in a more high-fashion direction. ‚ÄúAndr√© speaks about fashion and he has such a passion, and the words ‚ÄĒ the adverbs, the adjectives ‚ÄĒ he uses!‚ÄĚ she says. ‚ÄúI know it‚Äôs going to make the viewer at home go, ‚ÄėWowww.‚Äô‚ÄĚ She adds, ‚ÄúIt might go over their head, but he‚Äôs educating them about a time, bringing them back to a place when fashion was life.‚ÄĚ
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.