The 'Top Model' Franchise Just Crowned Its First Transgender Winner
By John Boone
Photo: RTL 5
America’s Next Top Model may be out of ideas for future cycles -- hence, why it’s coming to an end after 12 years -- but the Top Model franchises abroad are more relevant than ever.
“I think it's time. You want to leave while you're on top,” Tyra Banks told ET at Monday night’s Paley Center Tribute to African-American Achievements in TV, calling the end of ANTM “bittersweet.” “What are we going to do? We've done girls, guys, guys and girls, we can't do children...I think we've done enough.”
“However, Top Model is in 180 countries,” the host and executive producer was quick to add. “We have Norway's Next Top Model, and Asia's Next Top Model, and Australia's Next Top Model, and Italy's Next Top Model. The list goes on and on and on, so it's still an international juggernaut.”