Tyra Banks pulls the plug on America’s Next Top Model after 12 YEARS

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Tyra Banks cancels Top Model

by Emmeline Saunders |
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Tyra Banks has decided to stop making America’s Next Top Model after an incredible 12 years of smizing, tooching and teaching an entire generation how to find their light.

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The supermodel announced the shock decision on her Instagram last night, saying the show would end after the upcoming Cycle 22:

“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 travelled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it’s time”

Tyra, 41, said she was “so proud” of the show, which was the first reality programme set in the fashion industry and “brought the intimidating modelling world to the masses”.

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She then urged her followers to remember her motto that “perfect is boring”, telling them 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”.

She signed off with a rousing message that wouldn’t be out of place on Game Of Thrones, if Game Of Thrones spent less time murdering people and more time looking fabulous:

“May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways.”

SOB. How are we going to cope without ANTM in our lives?

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Aisha Kasim, 30

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April Jackson, 263 of 18

April Jackson, 26

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Dan Callaghan, 234 of 18

Dan Callaghan, 23

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Charleine Wain, 315 of 18

Charleine Wain, 31

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David Stevenson, 256 of 18

David Stevenson, 25

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Elle Stevenson, 217 of 18

Elle Stevenson, 21

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Gary Poulton, 348 of 18

Gary Poulton, 34

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Jenny Garbis, 239 of 18

Jenny Garbis, 23

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Joseph Valante, 2510 of 18

Joseph Valante, 25

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Natalie Dean, 2511 of 18

Natalie Dean, 25

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Mergim Butaja, 2312 of 18

Mergim Butaja, 23

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Richard Woods, 3113 of 18

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Ruth Whiteley, 4714 of 18

Ruth Whiteley, 47

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Selina Waterman-Smith, 3115 of 18

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Scott Saunders, 2718 of 18

Scott Saunders, 27

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