TV Watch America's Next Top Model
For its 17th cycle, America's Next Top Model is giving 14 fan favorites from previous seasons a second chance at the title – including Isis King from season 11, the show's only transgender contestant.
Other familiar faces will include Bianca Golden from cycle 9, Angelea Preston from cycle 14, and Alexandria Everett from cycle 16 – surely making for a combustible season of drama.
Judging by the vast array of characters she portrays in an exclusive video, Tyra Banks may have a future as a regular on Saturday Night Live.
In a promo touting cycle 16 of America's Next Top Model, Banks parodies the typical contestants who try out on the show, starting with an airheaded blonde giggling her way through her interview: "I'm 19 years old, and my favorite designer is Hello Kitty," Banks says in her best Valley Girl accent.
Next up is a tattooed, surly contestant with an attitude who says, "I'm not here to make friends," followed an angry model with in goth dress and makeup.
Are you ready for more catfights, catwalking and over-the-top photo shoots?
Cycle 16 of America's Next Top Model begins Feb. 23 (8 p.m. ET) on the CW with a set of 14 new beauties vying for a contract with IMG Models, fashion spreads in Vogue Italia and Beauty in Vogue a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.
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After being taunted while growing up for being unusually tall and ultra skinny, Ann Ward was crowned of America's Next Top Model this week.
The 6-ft., 2-in.-tall 19-year-old from Dallas spoke with PEOPLE about dealing with the backlash over her shockingly small waist (runway coach Miss J was seen fitting his hands around it in a controversial promo), how she wants to inspire other girls to feel comfortable in their own skin, and what's next for the formerly painfully shy Texas girl.
What does winning Top Model mean to you?
Being America's Next Top Model is really awesome, because I really like being an inspiration for people. I've been getting messages on the Internet about how I've helped people get through something they were going through, like bullying, so I'm really excited about people being able to look up to me through the struggles they're going through.
"Do you understand how serious this is? This is Top Model – elevated," Tyra Banks emphasized to the finalists on Wednesday's show, referring to cycle 15's superior prizes, including a spread in Italian Vogue, and the presence of big-name designers like Robert Cavalli.
Despite its heavily promoted "elevated" status, the Top Model finale competition pretty much remained the same. Finalists Ann (whose super-slim, 6-ft., 2-in.-tall frame was the subject of controversy) and Chelsey (the blonde, gap-toothed beauty with modeling experience) had to do a print-ad photo shoot for Cover Girl, film a commercial for the cosmetics giant and walk a runway show for Just Cavalli. Then, as usual, Tyra took her time critiquing the ladies' work and announcing the winner.
Before Wednesday's finale of America's Next Top Model, the show's host, judge and head diva in charge, Tyra Banks, spoke with PEOPLE about the final two contestants.
Ann, 19, from Dallas, Texas"Ann's awkwardness is actually quite lovely and beautiful," Banks says of the 6-ft, 2-inch beauty, who almost didn't make it on the show. "A lot of people didn't even want her to fly into L.A. for casting week, did not even want her to go to the next round ... It feels good to walk around the office now [that she's in the finale] and be like, I told you so!"
Chelsey, 22, from Boise, Idaho"Chelsey has a very strong actual knowledge [of modeling], a fashion base," Tyra says of the waitress. "She knows how to walk really well. She's my star walker in this [competition].
Supermodel, producer, photographer, actress, Emmy-winning talk show host, reality-show judge, novelist and businesswoman – Tyra Banks seemingly can do it all. But on Wednesday's episode of America's Next Top Model, she's doing even more.
Banks will step behind the camera to direct a two-minute film featuring the show's final four contestants – Ann, Chelsey, Jane and Kayla.
"A lot of designers and people in the fashion industry are feeling like the future of fashion is not just still photos, but they've been doing mini movies where the models are acting things out," Banks, 36, explains.
Fashion editor André Leon Talley and photographer Nigel Barker will return to the panel and sit next to Tyra, but the full list of top names judging alongside them this season has a distinctly Italian flair. Milan, anyone?
Designers Roberto Cavalli Diane Von Furstenberg, Patricia Field and Zac Posen, photographers Matthew Rolston, Patrick Demarchelier, Francesco Carrozzini, models Karolina Kurkova, Margherita Missoni and fashion experts Kyle Hagler of IMG Models and Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, will all appear on ANTM when it returns to the CW Sept. 8. Check out a preview of the new season.
Tyra Banks is finally responding to a growing controversy surrounding an America's Next Top Model promo featuring a 6'2" model with a shockingly small waist.
"In an effort to create a fun and entertaining sneak peek of the upcoming cycle, America’s Next Top Model released a trailer that was edited in way that misconstrued our overarching message," Banks says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.
"As a leader in celebrating and promoting healthy body image, I must admit that I regrettably didn’t see this clip before it was released to the public, (with multiple Top Model departments, it's just impossible to review everything) but on behalf of the Top Model team, these were not the intentions, and we truly apologize for any confusion, anger or disappointment it may have caused," the statement continues.
After auditioning for 12 consecutive cycles, Krista White was finally named America's Next Top Model Wednesday evening. Although the 25-year-old Arkansas native wrapped shooting in December, she tells PEOPLE it still hasn't hit her that she won the show. "I still feel really, really regular," she says.
That may be because after Krista won cycle 14, she went right back to work as the manager of a clothing store.
"As soon as I came back from New Zealand, I went right back into going to work," Krista told PEOPLE over the phone en route to a meeting with Wilhelmina Models. (She nabbed a contract with the agency as part of her winnings.) "I still feel like myself, so going back to work was a breeze. I was still being the boss like I normally would."
Now that her victory has been announced to the world, Krista says she's ready to hit the ground running. She already had a list of career goals that includes modeling, acting, mentoring young and running her own talk show.