Over the course of 22 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, host Tyra Banks has taught a fleet of young, ambitious models -- as well as audiences at home -- everything they need to know about modeling, “from H2T.” (That’s “head to toe” for the uninitiated.)
Now that the show’s been revived by VH1 -- the long-running CW reality competition was canceled after cycle 22 in 2015 -- it’s time for a refresher course on the vivacious language the show has generated since it first aired in 2003. As you ready your best poses for the premiere of America’s Next Top Model, now hosted by Rita Ora, brush up on some of the show’s best terms and phrases -- plus some from the new judging panel!
America’s Next Top Best Friend: The reality competition for models who are not serious about winning, or, as Jade from cycle 6 puts it: “This is not America’s Next Top Best Friend.”
ANTM: Short for America’s Next Top Model; it’s what you call the show when you’re in the know.
Being a Ho: A bit of model wisdom from Tyra about the level of sexiness to incorporate into a pose, as she explained in cycle 8: “Modeling is being a ho, but making fashion.”
Blonde Inside: When your natural hair color dictates your attitude, as cycle 11 contestant Clark Gilmer declared when she went brunette and said, “I may have brown hair now, but I’m still blonde inside.”
Boom, Boom, Wow: A reference to a female model’s abs. A variation for the show’s male contestants was “Boom, Boom, Boom.”
Booty Tooch: As Tyra explained during “dictionary hour” in cycle 19 (College Edition), the booty tooch is a model pose in which you isolate the body and pop out the posterior for a curvier silhouette in photos. Variations include booch (for men), juicy tooch, Gucci tooch (see below), poochie tooch and side tooch.
Cycle: The preferred term to refer to each competition period featuring 12-14 models vying to become “America’s Next Top Model.”
Drekitude: A term attributed to former judge André Leon Talley to refer to a really bad picture or ensemble; Tyra calls it a synonym for disgusting.
Fierce: While ANTM didn’t invent this superlative for being really amazing, the show can take credit for bringing it out of gay culture and into millions of homes. Fierceness should be a top goal for any aspiring Top Model.
Flawsome: When a model’s physical flaws make for awesomely beautiful pictures, they’re flawsome.
Flicked: Rita’s slang for getting eliminated; “We don't want you to get flicked,” she said to ET.
Go-See: An appointment to “go see” a designer about a modeling job. A go-see is to modeling as an audition is to acting.
Gucci Tooch: A high-fashion variation on the booty tooch in which hands are on hips and shoulders are cast forward, as Tyra once demonstrated for Steve Harvey.
H2T: The next most important ANTM acronym anyone should know; it stands for “head to toe,” the regions a model needs to maximize.
Hoochie Stop: The stop on a metaphorical fashion train where one’s sexiness might come across as too trashy. Tyra used the term to give a compliment to a picture taken by cycle 15 contestant Chris White: “I like this picture of you, Chris, in the wide. It has a sexuality that borders on a slight hoochie, but you didn’t get off on the hoochie stop. You stayed on the train.”
Light: What you need to find in order to take a good photo.
Pot Ledom: Say it backward!
Resting on Pretty: Don’t get it twisted; this is not a good thing. It’s what happens when a model becomes so satisfied with his/her looks that they make no effort in their photo.
Sinnocent: When a model can offer a look that is sexy and innocent at the same time.
Smize: Did you know you can smile with body parts other than your mouth? You can do it with your eyes, a true Tyra favorite.
Tiffany: The seemingly apathetic cycle 4 contestant that Tyra LOST. IT. On. when the model appeared ambivalent about being eliminated. It also gave us the lasting Tyra phrase “We were all rooting for you.”
Top Model Institute of Technology: A warehouse outside Los Angeles where contestants were evaluated by very thoroughly scientific methods and eventually introduced to the “Glaminator,” who laid out the competition on cycle 11.
Triple B: A variation on the term “triple threat,” which in Rita’s world means being “a boss, a brand and a business.”
Tyover: The term for a makeover by Tyra. Maybe this season it’ll be known as the OraOver? That’d be fierce.
Wanna Be on Top?: The most important question asked at the beginning of every episode.
Warritress: What former judge J. Alexander refers to as a female warrior.
Werk/Werq/Work: It’s what you need to do in order to win.
Zoolander, The: When you raise your eyebrows too high, like Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller). It’s also something former judge Janice Dickinson can no longer do: “I have so much Botox in my face, I can’t really do it anymore.”