Tyra Discusses the Future of 'America's Next Top Model': Cycles 12 and 13, and Maybe Male Models?

Tyra Banks can't help but rave about the newest batch on America's Next Top Model, simply because each contestant stands out in truly unique ways. It's obvious by how they worked hard on the series premiere's photo shoot, dubbed Return to Innocence. The aspiring models showed off their skills, and the show's host didn't dare turn away.

This is a very special group of girls, Tyra Banks exclaimed. I want them to connect with viewers, and not just with their looks, but with their personalities. Surely, every model has his or her quirks. For this group, one bears scars on her body from an accidental scalding during childhood, while another is a street preacher. And once again, Tyra Banks is pushing the boundaries to counter stereotypes.

With that in mind, she also talked about how Cycle 13 will be featuring contestants 5'7'' and under. The new installment is due in September, but the hype has already been tremendous over this issue. Many fans of America's Next Top Model have expressed their skepticism regarding the Cycle 13 casting, but Tyra Banks seems certain that it will pull through.

A couple of designer friends said, 'Look, girl, you better make sure that winner is fierce if it's not going to be a joke. You've got to make sure her face and body photographs like a tall model. She has to be really amazing.

The host of the series has no qualms about her decision. It's harder to cast somebody who's 5-foot-10 and has personality and looks, she said. I feel like we've got 10 times more to choose from.

But in case this gimmick won't sell, there's always another option. In this case, we've got the guys. America's Next Top Model casting director Michelle Mock-Falcon, and let slip that male models might have a chance to be on the show.

Who knows? Mock-Falcon began. Maybe one of these days she's gonna give the guys an opportunity. We get guys that come to the auditions all the time. They're begging us to do males as well. Maybe they'll get their wish, too.

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Mar 5, 2009 5:45AM EST

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