New Zealand equals new beginnings, or something like that. Tyra and Co. have been making a lot of changes behind the scenes of America's Next Top Model, gearing up for Cycle 14. But with the announcement of new judges came the question, what will happen to the original panel? More so, what will happen to Miss J?
Many believed that the introduction of Andre Leon Talley and Kimora Lee Simmons to the show meant the end of judging duties for the Puffy Sleeved One. But a news report from the LA Times has stumped the rumor, saying the Vogue editor is not a replacement for Miss J Alexander.
Andre Leon Talley is supposedly going to be a fourth judge, joining Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, and Miss J in the panel. Who he's actually replacing is Paulina Porizkova. And don't worry; Jay Manuel will still be around to work with the models on photo shoots.
Earlier this year, there were several claims that Miss J had been demoted from being a judge of America's Next Top Model, taking on the position of runway coach instead. The publication insists that this isn't true, even though there aren't a lot of details regarding Alexander's role this Cycle. It's possible there are limits, but with Tyra around there always have been.
As for the declaration that another judge will be around to criticize the models, here's the scoop. The LA Times' Show Tracker revealed that Kimora Lee Simmons being a guest judge for the 14th Cycle remains a rumor. They say the network hasn't confirmed the fact yet, so we may have to hold out on that.
This is definitely good news for fans of Miss J, who we'll all get to see once the New Zealand season kicks off. If those sleeves are going to get puffier, we better be around to witness it.