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Tyra's Thoughts on Cycle 18

Tyra Banks Promises Tears, Emotion & Angry Models on America's Next Top Model: British Invasion

Tyra Banks embraces her anglophilia on cycle 18 of America's Next Top Model, which will pit British contestants against Americans when it premieres Wednesday.

"This is a boxing match between two regions," says Banks. "It's interesting to see these them battle it out to get on top."

Sure, every season has a makeover episode that comes with the requisite tears and resistance. But this season, the girls will be forced outside the box with amped-up style overhauls.

"One girl will get pink hair, another girl will have half her head shaved off. Another girl got 'America's Next Top Model' shaved into her scalp," says Banks, whose style team will pull inspiration from the punk rock aesthetic and pop stars like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. "Instead of normal makeovers, we're calling them 'takeovers.' "

"There will be tears, emotion, and some girls will be pissed off," adds the fashion mogul. "You can only imagine a girl finding out she's getting half her head shaved."

And as for the personalities to watch, Laura on the American side will likely ruffle feathers. "She's a crazy, in-your-face girl," says Banks. "She actually has 'pirate' tattooed inside her lip."

Ashley, from Scotland, is "really funny," though Banks confesses, "I can't understand what she's saying. Her accent is so great but it's like you need subtitles."

Contestant AzMarie's androgynous look will "definitely have some of my viewers going, 'Whoa, I'm kind of titillated right now,' " says Banks.

And the Americans will face stiff competition in their costars from across the pond. "The British girls are very competitive," according to Banks. "They have some spunk."


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Mar. 1st, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Way to make them versatile models with those makeovers, Tyra! Everyone wants to book a girl with pink hair or ANTM shaved into her scalp!

It's very symbolic to me that on AusNTM they stripped the pink from a girl's hair, and on ANTM, they are adding pink in.
Mar. 1st, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure BINTM also had a girl with dyed pink hair recently...only to strip the pink out later, IIRC.

But, yeah, IDGI.
Mar. 4th, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
I was thinking that, too.
Mar. 1st, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
What cycle of AusNTM was that on, jw? I've been getting into AusNTM but I'm only a few season in.
Mar. 1st, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
The most recent.
Mar. 1st, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds like Tyra is beyond f'ing with these girls just for her amusement
Mar. 1st, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Another girl got 'America's Next Top Model' shaved into her scalp

WTF? WHY? Will it be the girl who Tyra has picked as the winner? Wouldn't surprise me. ANTM doesn't even try anymore.
Mar. 1st, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh god she can't be serious
Mar. 5th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
ot, i loved home movies. i really enjoyed adult swim during that timeframe.
Mar. 1st, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Ashley, from Scotland, is "really funny," though Banks confesses, "I can't understand what she's saying. Her accent is so great but it's like you need subtitles."

Ugh. I can understand Ashley without subtitles, Tyra. And most of Britain.
Mar. 1st, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'm Canadian and I understood her fine. I can't believe they put subtitles on her, it's ridiculous. She's Scottish, it's not like she is Welsh and speaking a colloquialized version of English we've never heard before.
Mar. 1st, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
I admit, I had a bit of trouble at times. Not enough that I think subtitles were necessary, but I can kind of understand why they did it.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
That bothered me so fucking much. It seemed the subtitles were used more to mock her than actually help us understand her. Ugh.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
I've been watching BNTM recently and I did need subtitles, so I'm glad they put them. That aside, this cycle.. is on crack.
Mar. 1st, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I just read this! America's Next Top Model shaved into a girl's scalp?! Tyra's lost it.
Mar. 1st, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
I would be open to trying new things, but having ANTM shaved onto me is where I would draw the line. That would never...EVER book me for jobs. Think about it. You can't have one brand on you if you are representing another. Why do you think t-shirts get blurred on TV? Not because they're vulgar, but because there are trademarks.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 07:22 am (UTC)
Maybe it's to make up for not really being able to do anything to the models last cycle because of sanely written contracts?
Mar. 1st, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
This fucking episode. The whole shit with "she's Native American, why didn't she channel Pocahontas more" had me raging. BECAUSE ALL ABORIGINAL PEOPLES IN THE U.S. ARE THE SAME, AMIRITE?!

Also, what the fuck was this photoshoot? I was super confused with the judging.

That being said, I want to bang AzMarie and hope she wins because she's the fiercest lesbian who's ever been on the show.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
I didn't watch the show, but I can't believe they would say that kind of thing! I'm white, I should channel George Washington more I guess.

AzMarie is fine.
Mar. 4th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
I'm totally with you here. In fact, when Mariah was first assigned Pocahontas I cringed inwardly because it seemed a bit racist and obvious. In fact, I found the whole photoshoot to be a bit offensive not to mention greatly stupid and unwise. (For example, what was with Pocahontas v. John Lennon. Could that be any more random?) I also had issues with the styling and the skirt choices for some of the girls. Annaliese, for example, was criticized at panel for her body position, but what else was she supposed to do with her legs in that straight, tight "Mel B" dress. Has she done more she would have been called out for being slutty. It was the same for Ashley.

And you're spot on about the judging. At the time of the shoot, the brief seemed to have mostly been about body position, etc. and yet the judges talked about virtually nothing but character.

And AzMarie is hot.
Mar. 1st, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
One girl gets her HEAD shaved off??? That's one fuck of a takeover.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Honestly, of all the things she said in this article that one made me LOL the hardest. Damn Tyra, you shaved off half of someone's HEAD? XD
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
ahaha I'm dying

but how else are you supposed to get noticed in this industry?
Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Yall. She's fucking with us. Seriously. She is doing the most BATSHIT INSANE stuff to this poor oblivious girls in hopes that it will get her viewers. DONT BUY IT! As a fan of what the show USED to be, I'm boycotting this show. And if you love 2005 Tyra you will boycott it with me.
Mar. 5th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
+1. i already had to do that with bad girls club. the older reality tv shows are turning into over the top offensive flith. there's a difference between eva vs. ann silly bullshit and calling someone a trick who doesn't have the same slang as us. as well as the fucking pocahontas bullshit.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Haven't watched the first ep yet, but by this description alone I knew I'd love Laura.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Um what the fuck is this show even about? I get it that it's not about modeling and they are angling for drama but the last cycles prove that most contestants are aware of it so the drama is on the low. What keeps them going? Is it the conflict between u, nations???
The first episode had me considering about skipping the show due to too many nationalistic outbursts- and I'm streaming the god damn thing. If I'm going to watch it, it's for the British girls keeping a level head in this tomfoolery.
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