Tyra Banks Talks Return To "America's Subsequent Prime Mannequin"
Wanna be on prime?
For 24 straight seasons (sorry, cycles) a whole lot of 1000's of runway rookies very a lot did. Leggy natives of Joliet, Illinois and Grand Forks, North Dakota turned as much as the America's Subsequent Prime Mannequin set to the be taught the artwork of the smize and the booty contact and, most significantly, find out how to construct a profession in style á la host Tyra Banks, who very a lot dominated the sector from 1996 (the yr she first appeared on the duvet of the Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit Situation) onward.
Sure, as longtime artistic director Jay Manuel has recently highlighted, a number of the critiques and challenges definitely really feel off-putting now—and had been every bit as questionable within the early 2000s. (Blackface in any iteration is solely not okay, a sentiment Banks no doubt agrees with, having tweeted, "Wanting again, these had been some actually off decisions.")
However when the truth collection premiered greater than 17 years in the past, first on the now-defunct UPN, then The CW and, most lately, VH1, it dominated, at one level netting upwards of 6 million viewers keen to observe wannabe cowl women sob by their pixie lower "Ty-over" and try and nail the proper industrial for LashBlast Mascara.
Arguably, the present's harshest critique is that the successful fashions by no means actually went on to supermodel standing. Whereas Banks continues to dominate within the trade, most lately lending her talents to Dancing With the Stars, few of her expenses have reached family title standing. (And, most lately, Banks and the present got here below hearth for allegedly paying contestants $40 a day.)
Although, a six-figure CoverGirl contract and featured placement in a girls's month-to-month was nothing to sneeze at. And, for essentially the most half, every winner did go on to have a comparatively fruitful profession, whether or not that meant posing for manufacturers equivalent to Burberry and Guess, strolling Off-White runways or discovering their method in entrance of different TV cameras.
Let's have a look into the place the victors landed after they claimed their spot on prime.
(Initially printed Could 20, 2020, at 8 a.m. PT)