THE RE\VIEW: AN ITEM CATALOG OF EXCLUSIVE RUNWAY REVIEWS, CRITIQUES & CULTURAL EVENTS, PAYING RESPECT TO THE WORLDS OF FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT & ART.
Strutting back into 2018 like the bad boss that Tyra Banks has always been, the creator of America's Next Top Model (#ANTM) returned to the masses last week for Season 24 as the most fan demanded fashion reality TV series to hit back on the competition scene. But for all those who sadly have never watched the nail-biter over the years, models from around the country compete with one another for the title of “America's Next Top Model”, for a once in a lifetime chance to kick of their career in the modeling/fashion industry.
Courtesy of America's Next Top Model.
From the shows semiannual cycle setting on United Paramount Network back in 2003 – to its long term home on the merged Warner Brothers CW in 2006 and then following an annual occurrence starting a decade later in 2013 – Bank’s concept has garnered major success in broadcasting the voices of diverse models for so many years.
When the show had been canceled back in 2015 (after a men’s women’s combination cycle), it seemed as if something had been missing from the lives of many fashion enthusiast. Well, it did for me anyways! Brought back by popular demand, the success of the fashion empire moved production to a new home on VH1 for season 23 in 2017, which was hosted by performer and fashion insider Rita Ora.
The series has always hosted a panel of iconic judges who have better helped to critique the contestants as they gain momentum throughout the competition. And just who would I say were the most iconic of them all? Most likely the PR Maven Kelly “Cutthroat” Cutrone and Runway Coach J. Alexander alongside creator Tyra Banks, of course. But with the return of the 24th cycle where the age limit has been lifted and wigs completely snatched, Banks has the newly fresh faced curvy sensation miss Ashley Graham, Chief Creative Officer of Paper Magazine Drew Elliot and Celebrity Stylist Law Roach, all alongside her to make this return the best it can become!
While many took there comments to Twitter – some to shed their tears about missing coach J. Alexander and others to support the newly oldest contestant model number 15, Erin – Tyra made one thing apparent this season: It’s time for some next level fierce to take on the widely underrepresented parts of the modeling industry. From different body builds, to skin tones and alien faces, Tyra Banks will not allow for diversity to become a trending topic but a timeless one!
This new chapter is undoubtedly going to be another epic telling in the history of the icon Tyra Banks. So forget what you know think you know about model diversity and watch for yourself as the drama unfolds in the city where models dreams become their own reality – Los Angeles, California!
The only inquiry I have left is when will the refreshed #ANTM be able to do an all guys cycle Mrs. Tyra? Asking for a friend.
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Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a freelance fashion writer, poet,
photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.