Nyle DiMarco Wins of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22

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‘America’s Next Top Model': Where Are They Now?.

Look, it’s not like we didn’t think the supermodel had some serious moves, and we’re not exactly surprised that she knows how to back that thang up, but it’s still quite a sight to see.After 22 seasons, 12 years, 14 judges, more than a dozen international installments, six syndication networks, two broadcasting networks and one powerhouse host, Tyra Banks’ reality competition series “America’s Next Top Model” is coming to a close — for now. “I always like to leave before you’re kicked out,” says Banks. “That’s something that my mother told me — leave at the end of the beginning.Models and model wannabes around the country are giving one last Tyra-approved ‘smize,’ one last perfect booty tooch, in honor of America’s Next Top Model’s final strut down the runway Friday night. Wearing a form-fitting pattern dress (that fittingly had a face on her bum), Tyra turns her back to the camera and starts doing a little booty pop to the beat.

Before the Kardashians ruled the airwaves, before Housewives across the U.S. were flipping over tables and competing for the award of who can host the most ridiculously expensive party, supermodel Tyra Banks was Queen Bee of the burgeoning reality TV scene. See below, where Banks talks about living with the contestants back in the day, the famous supermodel that was almost a judge, and the girl she voted to keep but got sent home anyway. When the inaugural episode of her new competition show aired in May 2003, it was one of the first of its kind (Survivor and American Idol were two of the rare hits that preceded it).

I never thought that we would get such a strong story in the first season — it turned into religious girls versus the kind of anti-religion girls, and it was interesting to watch. Banks says there is hope for “Top Model” to find a new home. “I’m not exactly sure what’s happening on the business side, but based on that the public seems so crazed about it, we’re looking at possibly doing something somewhere else,” she says. “I don’t exactly know, but I know they’re looking into it, based on that response.” Though she says there are no official plans in place at this time, despite other reports, she confirms she would want to be involved, should “Top Model” get picked up elsewhere. “I would definitely produce,” Banks says, adding that she would consider continuing to serve as host, too. “I just have to talk to the new partners about being on camera. Along with a handful of handpicked experts and fellow judges, Banks gave the prospective models makeovers (often involving extreme haircuts), taught the girls to walk and pose, and set up competitive photo shoots and runway shows with some of the top industry professionals. “I think that [the show] did [bring] an awareness about the business and it did bring a bit of visibility and a bit of know-how to the amount of work it takes, and that’s pretty valuable,” Jason Valenta, Head of Scouting for Next Model Management, tells The Daily Beast. The novel’s protagonist, Tookie, is an awkward “Forgetta-Girl” whose life is forever altered when she finds a coveted SMIZE — a talisman that puts her in the running to attend Modelland, the elite boarding school in the skies where girls become models. I was like, “I cannot believe this is real.” And this was before people would start thinking that they’re going to be the crazy one because they’re going to be on reality television.

Valenta acknowledges that the industry is “quite insular and…in it’s own way exclusive.” The show opened up this world, and helped give interested girls a sneak peak that made modeling seem a bit more accessible. “I can remember vividly the massive increase in blind submissions that would pour into the agency after ANTM became a sensation,” Tiffany Press, an agent at New York Model Management, says via email. If they don’t get in, they’re destined to toil in a factory. (There are only two jobs in this dystopian universe.) According to legend, the road to becoming a supermodel is littered with human sacrifice. The final four contenders of Cycle 22—Mame, Nyle, Lacey and Mikey—will narrow down to two at the beginning of the episode, with only one left standing at the very end. The recent rise of social media arguably made the increased accessibility of the industry inevitable; top models like Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid now document every photo shoot, runway strut, and daily happening in their lives as fashion “It” girls. Most of all, Ty Ty would want us to remember where we left off, with four models entering the cycle 22 finale with a Zappos photo shoot and business presentation in tow. (So fair warning: spoilers of the season 22 finale below.) After a stringent evaluation, only two would go on to stomp it out in the final runway.

Crazy stunts included (but were certainly not limited to) making the contestants strut their stuff in dangerously high heels (one girl had to crawl off the runway); staging a runway show on a constantly moving, tilting runway positioned over a pool of water (a spill was inevitable…yet all the judges seemed shocked when it happened); an Indiana Jones-inspired runway that required models to dodge two swinging, heavy pendulums (a truly horrifying scene in which one girl was swept off the runway); and a shoot in which one model face-planted into Plexiglass, all to capture an artfully beautiful photo. In the end, the terrified model in question inevitably sucked it up, took a killer photo, and was told she had learned the lesson of what it takes to be a true professional. All the while, the American version was increasingly losing the “reality” portion of reality TV. “I used to have a joke…’ever since ANTM, models believe a supermodel means being able to do your eyeliner on top of an ice capped glacier,’” says Press, who says she was a fan of the show in its early days purely for its entertainment value. “It definitely did not give a realistic idea of the maturation process and development of a model.

She was our first plus-size — or what I call “fiercely real” — winner, so that was really special to me because we were, in hindsight, way ahead of the curve. The most successful past contestants are predominantly known for their work in other industries, like Analeigh Tipton, who took third place in cycle 11, and had a break-out acting role in 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. We had a girl named Heather [Kuzmich] who had autism, we had a girl Tahlia [Brookins] that was burned as an infant, and also Mercedes [Scelba-Shorte] from Cycle 2 who had lupus.

Or Yaya DaCosta, a runner up in cycle 3, who modeled in magazines like Interview and Essence before earning a role on Chicago Med. “I’ve worked with several models that have been on the show. So the only real advantage ANTM contestants have had is that [they] came prepared with pretty good portfolios from the show to present.” Participation can end up being a little more of a burden than a boon. My mom was a photographer, and I grew up with a dark room in the back porch of our house on the washer and dryer — she would turn it into a dark room with the red light. We were the first show to have the format that we had with each challenge and elimination, and my partner Ken Mok came up with that format that almost all competition reality shows follow. Ultimately, she says it was a “positive thing because it taught me a lot about being in the public eye and it forced me to grow up.” But while the show may not have always helped those who actually faced the gauntlet of runways and snappy judges, it did help to raise awareness about issues facing the fashion world.

I tended to strip it down and maybe do a photo shoot that was all about shadows where we hold the lace to the sun and then the lace would be all over the girl’s face in a pattern. It brought fashion to TV, but it is the only competition reality show that continues to repeat and people continue to watch the repeats even if they have already seen the original.

Just a lot of chunky haute couture ensembles with an urban chic vibe that you would never be permitted to wear to a Target, unless you’re Whitney from Cycle 10 who was so commercial it’s painful. I created Top Model to expand the definition of beauty and to use the modeling industry as that microcosm of beauty worldwide. “I need to show that you don’t have to be like this cookie-cutter thing where it’s like, ‘oh I look so perfect,’ but this beauty that’s interesting.

A gap in the teeth, lips that are too big or too small, eyes that are on the side of the head where you look like an antelope and prey in the wild, foreheads that are too big. She did a photo where we had water coming at the girls from the air like a storm, and they had fabric sticking to them, and I remember seeing her picture and it gave me chills up and down my spine.

I was shocked that they allowed that — but they were very adamant very early on to have that we really have to have that non-debatable beauty represented. They would say, “Okay, we have this, this and this so we’re fine now, and you can go cast your awkward and weird girls.” Over time, awkward, weird and interesting just became beautiful or unique and edgy when the audience understood that beauty is not cookie cutter. Cycle 2, Yoanna [House] had long hair and got it cut, Cycle 3 Eva [Marcille​]’s hair was medium-ish long and we cut it very short, Cycle 4 Naima [Mora]’s hair was long and we cut it short; it goes on and on. There was one country that said, “This is what people think is beautiful, and we have to stick to that,” and I fought and finally, they said, “Tyra, we will let you make the decision for this girl.” It was “Vietnam’s Top Model” and I said this girl will work internationally, and they chose her and she continues to do very well internationally.

If you think about Kendall and Kylie [Jenner] — people think Kylie’s not a model, but I think she’s a model — and Gigi [Hadid] and all of these girls from reality television, I think Top Model knocked the doors down for that to be okay in the high fashion world. Tyra praises Mamé for her walk and even likens the finalist to herself, specifically 2003 Tyra at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show, because unlike us peasants, Tyra remembers every step of every show. It will just be a couple of appearances because I really do want to focus on Tyra Beauty… Like 90% of my time is here, making sure that our company is doing well.

The great thing is we’re past projections and we’re breaking all kinds of records when it comes to start-ups and I want to continue that trajectory so I’m here and it’s so important. But even more so than that, the show was founded upon this notion that if a young woman works hard and eats and breathes fashion, she can rise up from the ranks and become a real life model.

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