The next cycle of America’s Next Top Model starts tonight. We’ve already introduced you to this season’s model contestants but perhaps the most interesting dynamic of ANTM Cycle 18 might be between the judges.
Andre Leon Talley is off the revamped judging panel. Did he get fired by Tyra Banks? Who knows. But in his place is reality show veteran Kelly .
What does this mean for how the British and American models will be judged this season?
Anyone who watched Kelly’s Bravo show, Kell on Earth or, for that matter, her appearance as Whitney Port’s boss on The City, knows that she is one tough cookie. Kelly has spent most of her life working in the fashion industry, and the majority of that time being the boss. She is never shy, especially when it comes to telling young and inexperienced newbies what they’re doing wrong.
Nigel Barker will probably always be the same passive, “don’t look at me” judge, Jay Manuel will apper supportive yet keep his catty comments back for the confessionals, and Alexander Jenkins will fool no one with his big beautiful eyes before giving silent, though fierce, attitude.
So how Kelly Cutrone going to fit in to all this? She is well known for saying it how it is and can be honest to a fault.
But I think the real clash will be between Kelly and Tyra. Those are two tough ladies…and they often don’t behave like ladies!
Kelly comes from the fashion world of runways, haute couture, models who are mute blank slates, and stick-thin stars. Tyra is all about becoming a brand, being likable, looking like a real woman, and, for whatever reason, walking on stilts.
Are they going to agree to disagree, or simply disagree? We’ll find out soon!
Catch the premiere of ANTM Cycle 18 tonight, February 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.