'America's Next Top Model' Returns with a Familiar Face

By: CW TV Now
By: CW TV Now

Burbank, California ─ Renowned Photographer Yu Tsai Joins As Creative Consultant as Seven Men Will Compete with Seven Women for the Title.

Cycle 21 of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, hosted by Tyra Banks, welcomes a fan favorite back to the judging panel: J. Alexander, a.k.a. “Miss J.”

The second “Guys and Girls” edition will begin airing in summer 2014, with seven men and seven women living under one roof and battling it out to earn the prestigious title of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

The panel of judges, which includes Banks, fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone and the viewing public, will be joined by beloved runway coach J. Alexander making his return to the show to determine who stays and who goes in the competition.

"His name says it all. I've missed ‘Miss J.’ and am elated he's back,” said executive producer Tyra Banks. “I know ‘Top Model’ fans will rejoice!”

Also joining Cycle 21 as photo shoot creative consultant is the sought-after photographer Yu Tsai, who has worked with some of the entertainment industry’s most talented models, actors and musicians. Yu Tsai also helped launch the careers of many supermodels, including Kate Upton, in addition to working on campaigns with worldwide brands, including prize partner GUESS.

“We are thrilled to have ‘Miss J.’ reprising his role as runway coach and judge extraordinaire. ‘Miss J.’ has been a part of the top model family since cycle 1 and we are thrilled he's come home,” said executive producer Ken Mok. “We are also excited to have world renowned photographer Yu Tsai joining ‘Top Model’ this season as creative consultant to the models - he's one of the world's most well regarded photographers and his work speaks for itself.”

The model hopefuls will compete for a career-launching prize package that includes returning prize suppliers NYLON Magazine, GUESS and Next Model Management. The winner will receive prizes including: $100,000 national ad campaign with GUESS, whose advertising campaigns have launched many modeling careers; a fashion feature in NYLON Magazine and offered a modeling contract with Next Model Management.

Fans will again have numerous opportunities each week to vote online and via mobile to choose their favorite contestants based on photo shoots taken during production.

Voting begins February 20 and continues with the following voting dates: February 23, February 27, March 2, March 5, March 8,March 12, March 15, March 22, March 25, March 28 and April 1.

The contestants who have already been eliminated will have the opportunity to return to the competition via votes on their photo shoot pictures, which will allow the audience the chance to save their favorite model.

*No Purchase or Use of Mobile Necessary. Open to legal residents of the US, 18+ at date of entry. Void outside of the US, all US Territories and Possessions and where prohibited by law. Contest starts on 2/20/14 and ends on 4/1/14. MSG&Data rates may apply. See Rules for complete details here.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company. The executive producers are Ken Mok (“Making the Band”), Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. Tyra Banks also hosts the series, which recently completed airing its 20th cycle in the United States.

Currently, “America’s Next Top Model” is under license in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production.

“America’s Next Top Model” and the “America’s Next Top Model” format are licensed internationally by CBS Studios International.


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