Mama’s back on top.
Tyra Banks shared a first look at her grand return to the America’s Next Top Model panel Monday morning, posting to Instagram a snapshot of her posing next to cycle 23 holdover judges Ashley Graham, Drew Elliot, and Law Roach on the set of the show’s upcoming 24th cycle.
“You were like, ‘Why’d you leave? Come back!’ I was like, ‘Ok, boo. I got you,'” Banks, who took a step back from her gig at the head of ANTM to let pop star Rita Ora lead the charge for 15 episodes as the long-running reality competition series transitioned from The CW to VH1 late last year, captioned the photo. “[I’m] back at [ANTM] w/my fierce crew.”
In March, Banks — who’s also currently serving as the host of the NBC star search America’s Got Talent — announced her return to the program she created back in 2003 (and has executive-produced ever since). While she made two on-camera appearances across cycle 23, Banks’ tenure on cycle 24 will mark the first time she has formally officiated the model-on-model competition since December 2015.
Cycle 24 is also set to mark another milestone in ANTM history, as an age limit was not imposed upon auditioning model hopefuls during the casting process.
I'm so excited about this!!! Apply Now, boo!!! #ANTM #tyrabanks #michellemockcasting #Tyrasback Send 3 photos, Name, Age, Height, Weight (all shapes welcome!) and your Contact Information to VH1TopModel@gmail.com. You must be a U.S. Citizen! #antm24 #casting 18+ #ageaintnothingbutanumber Hope to see you soon! 💛TyTy
“In putting these girls on the show and saying, ‘You are beautiful,’ I wasn’t necessarily telling them they were beautiful; I was using them as a vessel to tell millions of girls around the world who looked like them that they were beautiful,” Banks told EW of her often unorthodox casting decisions in an exclusive interview earlier this year. “This has always been a passion of mine. It’s so nice to see it’s normalizing. I guess Top Model has normalized what difference is in beauty.”
ANTM cycle 24 is slated to air this December on VH1.