August 24, 2012 09:03 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
When you think of college students, you might picture young adults studying hard and partying harder. But the college life is a bit different for the hopefuls joining this season of America’s Next Top Model. After 19 cycles of ANTM (has the show been on that long already?!) it’s time to switch things up a bit!
There are some big changes afloat for the new cycle of America’s Next Top Model. First, several familiar faces will be missing. These include such favorites as Nigel Barker and Jay Manuel. They were sadly shown the door and replaced by model Rob Evans and fashion blogger Bryanboy. The new photographer on the show is Johnny Wujeck. If you’ve heard his name before, it probably has something to do with Katy Perry. Tyra’s sticking around for now, so you can all breathe a sigh of relief (whew!).
The new format will also take the audience’s opinion into account. Instead of leaving the decision as to which models stay completely in the hands of the judges, the public will now have the opportunity to vote. How this switch-up plays out remains to be seen. The average viewer lacks a keenly-developed sense of what constitutes high fashion, meaning that a contestant’s ability to make it far in the show may not reflect on her ability to make it in the modeling world.
We begin the college edition premiere with one of the more bizarre sketches to be shown on America’s Next Top Model. Tyra’s just chilling with some random dude when she thinks, “Hey! Our show should go to college!” For a show that’s supposed to be the pinnacle of cool, this is certainly a pathetic intro.
In keeping with Tyra’s supposedly-impromptu idea, all the contestants for this cycle are enrolled in institutions of higher learning. An array of schools are featured, with everything from the Aveda Institute to Harvard Divinity School represented in the lineup. The girls are all introduced to each other and to the audience, and, predictably, it doesn’t take long for the drama to begin. Cue the sneering about how inferior online schools are.
The process of picking the final 13 involves a beach-themed runway show and a quick photo shoot. They’re all a bit distracted by the presence of a major set of muscles belonging to newbie Rob Evans. But Johnny managed to get photos of all the hopefuls, so it’s on to judging! As usual, there’s an interesting batch of rejects, including a girl who can stick her fist in her mouth (why would you show that off on ANTM?!) and another who apparently enjoys meowing for the camera.
After wading through a pack of weirdos, 13 acceptable contestants are chosen and announced. They are…
Kristin (Florida State College of Jacksonville)
Nastasia (East Stroudsburg University)
Laura (Paul Smith’s College)
Allyssa (Florida State University)
Kiara (University of California-Irvine)
Leila (University of Rhode Island)
Darian (Louisiana State University)
Maria (Harvard Divinity School)
Jessie (University of Southern California)
Brittany (Chandler-Gilbert Community College)
Yvonne (University of Texas)
And last but not least…Victoria from Liberty University. She’s already been bashed for attending school online, and her witty remark? “You’re a racist!”
Tyra must think the girls are in high school, not college, because their housing situation is divided up into stereotypical high school cliques…ie. sporty, nerdy and girly. Get ready for some drama in this new household!
What do you think of all the changes? Are you going to miss the old judges or is it good riddance? Sound off below!
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