Yes, after 22 cycles — er, seasons — the reality competition series America's Next Top Model will come to a close, host and supermodel Tyra Banks announced Wednesday. This particular piece of Tyra Mail may have been a long time coming, but that doesn't make it any less sad for fans of the show or for the attractive, once-hopeful teens across America, who will now be dreamless. From Banks' Instagram:
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. [Tyra Banks]
The show, which debuted in 2003, has undergone many changes in more recent cycles — experimenting with new judges, contestants' social media scores, co-ed cycles, and the never-ending stream of Banks' kooky ideas.
This season's final episode is scheduled to air Dec. 4, and though it may be painful, try to Smize through the tears — it's what Tyra would want.