The legendary American supermodel, who taught us all how to be fierce, took to her Instagram to share that this upcoming season, cycle 22, will be the last for the reality show.
TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it's time. Our diehard fans know we've expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it's time. It really is. Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we'd do 22 cycles. Whoa! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That's amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed. I set out to create a show where Perfect is Boring. So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) - the stuff about you that makes you well...you. And I hope you've learned a heck of a lot from watching. I have an inkling you have. May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful. And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy. Fierce & Love, 💛Tyra
Sigh, gone are the days of Tyra's "tooching" and "booching."
Banks, who hosted the CW show alongside a ever-changing array of fashion personnel, first aired the show in in the golden age of reality television, 2003. On a mission to find the country's next superstar model, Tyra placed her hopefuls in a house together and had them compete for her approval, while eliminating one each week.
Since its debut, the franchise has expanded worldwide to 54 countries with over 180 seasons.
Here are the seven things we'll miss most about the show that changed the fashion game:
1. We will never hear Tyra Banks utter the words, "You're still in the running towards becoming America's next top model," ever again.
2. We will never get to sing "You wanna be on top," at the top of our lungs again.
3. We will never get this infamous Tyra rant again
4. We will never again receive Tyra Mail.
5. We will never learn to properly smize.
6. We will never see Tyra get sassy with the contestants again.
7. We will never again hear Tyra compare two women on seemingly arbitrary characteristics as she has two beautiful ladies standing before her, but only one photo in her hand.
Look, even Chrissy Teigen is devastated:
The finale is set to air on December 4th, and until then, we will cry more tears than a girl who just got all her hair chopped off in the drastic makeover episode.
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