It’s not often that the universe conspires to do us a favor but it must feel really sorry for us right now because it’s thrown us a tasty bone. I nearly plotzed (oh who am I kidding, I plotzed like a bitch) when I read in Entertainment Weekly that one of my favorite shows of all time, America’s Next Top Model was going to have a crossover episode with my absolute favorite show of all time RuPaul’s Drag Race in it’s upcoming Cycle 24. As we already know, Tyra Banks is back, and joining her will be Noted Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker, Ashley Graham, and Drew Elliott. Also, since both ANTM and Drag Race are on Vh1 now, there will be a crossover episode starring Katya, Valentina and Manila Luzon.
If you’ve watched ANTM Original Recipe (let’s collectively pretend that that Rita Ora season never happened), you know that Tyra loves to torture her girls. Well, in one episode of the upcoming cycle, Tyra makes the models try to pose next to one of Ru’s queens.
“That’s a difficult model to be in a shot with.… Not all of my models prevailed. Valentina killed it. I’m sitting there editing film and I’m like, can I get a shot of my girls looking at least half as good as Valentina?”
I’m gonna guess no, Tyra, never in a million years. Here’s Manila, Katya and Valentina with Drew Elliot.
My queen @tyrabanks is shaping the future we ALL want with #ANTM cycle 24. @NigelBarker + @EvaMarcille are back, plus #RuPaulsDragRace queens make an appearance ("Valentina killed it," she says). Your exclusive first look in @EW here: https://t.co/W722l6KBlb
— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) December 8, 2017
In addition to this stuntery, Tyra’s also going to be paying homage to Great Moments In ANTM History with a throwback episode featuring Eva “The Diva” Marcille (soon to be featured on the next season, sorry, cycle of The Real Housewives of Atlanta) who won cycle 3. That’s the eppy Noted Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker will be appearing in.
“We were inspired by Throwback Thursday on Instagram and how popular that is, so we decided to dedicate an entire episode to Top Model throwback, and that’s something I want to continue on the show in the future: to always have an episode that’s all about the throwback,”
The stunts don’t end there, this cycle Tyra’s done away with age restrictions so there will be some older models in their 40s competing.
I have watched every single episode of this stupid show and it’s always a beautiful mess of tears, fights, bad wigs, diva behavior, back stabbing and filthy living conditions and Tyra is the mother of it all. The only thing that could make me happier about this reboot is if Tyra looked directly into the camera on the first episode and demanded “BRING. BACK. MY. JAYS!” and Jay Manuel and J. Alexander came strutting out from back stage. But hey, I’ll take what I can get.