America's Next Top Model, the most successful and longest-running fashion reality TV series in history, is back and returning to its glory days. After 22 cycles over 12 years, the show is ripe for reinvention on a whole new network. This Fall, Season 23 of ANTM will be strutting down the runway on VH1 with a brand new host, new panel members, and a slew of new experts. Returning to its roots, the competition will once again feature an all-female cast competing for the crown and a whole new set of prizes. The upcoming season will also return the show to the place where it all began: New York City.
Singer, actress and entrepreneur Rita Ora will host the reinvented show with supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach serving as judges. Show creator Tyra Banks and Ken Mok continue as executive producers of the iconic modeling competition, with Banks making surprise appearances throughout the season.
Global superstar Rita Ora is a singer, actress, designer and entrepreneur who has served as a coach on BBC's The Voice and as a judge on ITV's The X Factor. She is an ambassador for Rimmel London and a collaborator with Adidas, as their only female musician designer for over three years. As a musician she has achieved a number one album and four number one singles in the UK and an Oscar nomination for best original song. As well as her own sold out world tours, Ora has sung at The White House for the Obamas and also at the Academy Awards. In 2015, Ora became an honorary ambassador for Kosovo, the country of her birth. Ora is an extremely influential figure in the fashion world, having been named one of the best dressed at this year's Met Gala. She is the aspirational master of her own rapidly expanding universe, yet the woman behind the brand remains fun, humble, and down-to-earth.
Supermodel, entrepreneur, and body activist Ashley Graham has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Maxim, and is the first plus size model to ever be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Graham has secured many high profile campaigns including H&M and Lane Bryant, and has her own lingerie line with Addition Elle, as well as a swimsuit line with swimsuitsforall and a dress collection with dressbarn. She is also a body activist and often speaks about body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment.
Drew Elliott is the Chief Creative Officer of Paper Magazine and orchestrated the famous content social distribution strategy #breaktheinternet featuring Kim Kardashian. He oversees all creative direction of Paper Magazine, Papermag.com, and the in-house agency Extra Extra and is widely recognized for his keen sense of what drives popular culture and how it impacts the masses.
Celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach lives and breathes fashion. He revels in working with established and rising artists. Law regularly collaborates with major labels and companies. Fueled by his love for fashion, Law continues to distinguish himself as a stylist and style guru.
As models have moved from exclusively existing in the world of fashion to being broader pop cultural figures, ANTM will reflect this major cultural shift in showcasing modeling as a whole new form of fashion. In 2016, modeling is a way to explore broader notions of entertainment, fame, and celebrity while showcasing yourself as a brand. Models are more relevant than they've ever been before which will make the upcoming season of America's Next Top Model as resonant in culture as the show has ever been.