Tyra Banks Welcomes Back Aspiring Models After Melee

Tyra Banks Welcomes Back Aspiring Models After Melee
Tyra Banks (inset) and the scene outside New York's Park Central Hotel
inset: George Napolitano/FilmMagic

updated 03/16/2009 at 06:50 PM EDT

originally published 03/16/2009 06:50PM

The casting call will go on!

Tyra Banks issued a statement Monday on how producers of America's Next Top Model will respond after a weekend riot during auditions in New York.

"To all the Top Model hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren't seen, get an opportunity to audition," she says. "We'll update you on our plans very soon."

Banks also talked about her goals for the popular CW reality show: "It is so important to me to redefine beauty, and make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream. I am beyond excited for Cycle 13; for the first time ever, young women 5'7" and under have a shot at becoming America's Next Top Model! I encourage each girl to come out ready to rock the runway and show off their fiercest pose. I'm rooting for all of you!"

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a panicked stampede broke out while hundreds waited in line to audition for the show.
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