This is MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY-JOR. Not sure if Vogue Editor-at-Large and new ANTM judge, Andre Leon Talley had something to do with this, but this is big news in the land of ANTM. For years now, Tyra has been trying to get fashion industry cred, and I think she might actually get it after the next cycle.
During The CW upfronts, it was announced the winner of cycle 15 of ANTM would receive a cover for ITALIAN VOGUE. That’s right. ITALIAN VOGUE! MAAAAY-JOR. Not Bulgarian Vogue, not Nicaraguan Vogue, not North Dakotan Vogue but ITALIAN VOGUE. In fashion circles, that’s like winning the Super Bowl for models. Somewhere out there, Seventeen Magazine editor, Ann Shoket, is drowning herself in a sea of carbs. What other reality show will take Miss Shoket now?
Scoring a Seventeen Magazine cover has been part of the winner’s prize since cycle 7. Prior to that, they only scored fashions spreads in Elle, Marie Claire or Jane Magazine. No covers, just editorial pages with exception to cycle 5 Nicole Linkletter, who also won an Elle Girl Cover.
Jay Manuel told media at the CW upfront that the girls couldn’t stop screaming when the new prize was announced. Could we finally get a true top model out of ANTM? Will all 13 models be full of potential instead of cannon fodder and ones with a sympathetic back story?
First fashion legend Talley joined the panel, now Italian Vogue is involved, what next? scoring a million dollar ad-campaign with Prada, Gucci, Chloe??? Maybe Revlon and Maybelline will swoop in as the cosmetics sponsor. CoverGirl, watch your back.
Attention ANTM fans! What do you make of this latest development? Is Tyra, after 14 cycles, finally trying to discover a real supermodel from the competition? Weigh in below with your comments.