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Kelly Cutrone to Replace André Leon Talley on America's Next Top Model

09/28/2011 at 09:40 AM EDT

America's Next Top Model: Kelly Cutrone to Replace Andre Leon Talley
Kelly Cutrone and André Leon Talley
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Tyra Banks

The judging panel of America's Next Top Model will soon be getting a new look – in the form of fashion publicist and reality TV veteran Kelly Cutrone.

Cutrone, who appeared on MTV's The Hills and starred in Bravo's Kell on Earth, will replace André Leon Talley for cycle 18 early next year.

"I am a huge fan of America's Next Top Model and have watched the show for years," says Cutrone, 45, who owns People's Revolution. "Having worked in various aspects of the fashion industry over the course of my career, I am excited for this new opportunity and hope to bring a different perspective to the show."

Talley, 61, editor-at-large at Vogue, joined the show in early 2010, beginning with cycle 14, after many years of pleading from Tyra Banks.

"We have greatly enjoyed working with André Leon Talley and he has been an amazing asset to the America's Next Top Model family," says executive producer Ken Mok. "We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

And he echoes the sentiment. "I had a great ride and will always consider my experience with Top Model one of the best moments of my life," Talley says. "Tyra is an incredible role model and I learned so much sitting next to her through four cycles."

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