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RITA ORA TO HOST VH1’S “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL”
SUPERMODEL ASHLEY GRAHAM, PAPER MAGAZINE CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER DREW ELLIOTT, AND CELEBRITY STYLIST LAW ROACH TO SERVE AS JUDGES
SHOW CREATOR TYRA BANKS AND KEN MOK CONTINUE AS EP’S, BANKS WILL MAKE SURPRISE APPEARANCES THROUGHOUT THE SEASON
SERIES PREMIERES THIS FALL ON VH1
NEW YORK, NY (July 22, 2016) – VH1 today announced the host and judging panel for the network’s upcoming reincarnation of ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ premiering this fall. 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.
Debuting fall 2016, VH1’s ‘America’s Next Top Model’ preserves the DNA that viewers have come to know over the course of 22 cycles, yet the franchise has evolved to appeal to a new audience and reflect the modeling industry today.
For more information and updates about “America’s Next Top Model,” check out ANTM.VH1.com, the official VH1 ‘America’s Next Top Model” page on Facebook and follow @VH1 and @ANTMVH1 on Twitter and Instagram.
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. The executive producers are Ken Mok (“Making the Band”), Tyra Banks, Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. 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. For more information, go to @ANTMVH1 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About VH1: VH1 is the dominant pop culture brand for adults 18-34, creating their pop culture today while celebrating the pop culture of their past. VH1 is available in 93 million households in the U.S. VH1 also programs full episode and short form video plus pop culture and lifestyle editorial content on all major digital platforms and devices including vh1.com,@vh1, Facebook.com/vh1, and the VH1 app for iOS and Android. VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
About CBS Television Distribution: CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 10 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. Among CTD’s critically-acclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series Judge Judy; talk leader Dr. Phil; the #1 and #2 rated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!; the Emmy Award-winning talk shows Rachael Ray and The Doctors; the #1 and #2 newsmagazines Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition, along with The Insider; court show Hot Bench; and popular off-network product, including the CSI, NCIS and Star Trek franchises, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Criminal Minds, Elementary, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Hot in Cleveland and Undercover Boss. In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.
What do you think? Do you plan to check out the new version of America’s Next Top Model on VH1? What do you think of the choices for new host and judges?