The Definitive Ranking of America’s Next Top Model Judges

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With the return of America’s Next Top Model, we are revisiting our favorite moments, including all the winning photo shoots, from the first 20 cycles of the series. While we ranked the cycles according to Tyra Banks’ hair, we didn’t take into account of all the judges that have served on the show’s panel. Since they’ve helped Tyra decide who would become America’s next great fashion hope, it’s important to examine all 13 of them.

Note: The number one judge is and always will be Tyra herself so she was not included in this list.

13. Bryanboy, Fashion blogger and social media correspondent
Cycles 19-20
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Representing the social media score, Bryan wasn’t so much of a judge as a judgey person at the panel who really had nothing to say.

12. Eric Nicholson, Senior Editor at Jane magazine
Cycle 2

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Sure, he fought with Janice — how could you not, really? — but he didn’t do much else. He was in and out and replaced by Nole in one cycle.

11. Beau Quillian, Fashion editor at Marie Claire
Cycle 1

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It’s easy to forget about Marie Claire’s fashion editor, who only served as a judge during the first cycle of the series. He did come back to guest judge a few episodes after that, and wasn’t the most intolerable judge of the series — see Bryanboy for that.

10. Kimora Lee Simmons, The owner and creative director of sexy women’s clothing line, Baby Phat
Cycle 1

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In what felt like “phone a friend,” Kimora was asked to participate in the first season of ANTM on behalf of Tyra. But it quickly became clear she did not have as much to offer as the rest of her panel.

9. Nole Marin, Prominent fashion editor and stylist
Cycles 3-4

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The queen of throwing shade, Nole liked to dish it out but never offered anything of use. He always seemed like a villain just waiting to pet his dog from the perch of his thrown, but lest he forget, Tyra is royalty (and there’s already one villain by the name of Janice).

8. Rob Evans, Male supermodel
Cycles 19-20

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Rob looked great on camera — and looked even better on Trya’s arms — but when it came to judging, he got wrapped up in the discussion over femininity when it came to judging the males. But in his defense, there’s not as much to offer men as there is to offer women. Next to Tyra, he seemed muted.

7. Twiggy, Legendary icon
Cycles 5-9

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When former British model Twiggy joined the series in Cycle 5, she was a breath of fresh air following four seasons of Janice’s terror. But her kindness often led to blandness; she didn’t offer the same pop or GIF-able appeal that normally delights ANTM fans. However, she was always composed and at least knew what she was talking about.

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