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There's no doubt about it; Tyra Banks changed the face of the modelling industry forever. From starting a massively successful TV show on the concept of model-hunting, to fashion lines to movies (Lifesize, anyone?), the woman is iconic.

Her star is set to rise even further, if that's even possible, because apparently she's set to open a 21,000 square foot AMUSEMENT PARK in Los Angeles about models. Seriously…Just picture the level of fierce.

We, for one, were literally obsessed with America's Next Top Model; the show spanned 24 cycles and we watched them all. The television series had a huge number of hooked fans, so her Model-Land theme park should be a success.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The woman is legit the Walt Disney of beauty.

She posted a stunning image to her Instagram, and captioned the snap; "My dream for you will soon be a reality. #ModelLand. A place where everyone can be a model. A place where all beauty is celebrated."

"I can’t wait for you to step into your light. Head over to Model-Land.com to sign up for more information." Oh, sign up we did. The veteran model recently opened ANTM for all genders, more inclusive body types, heights and rid the show's of an eligibility age limit.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Model-Land's press release, the amusement park is;

"A first-of-its-kind experiential attraction, Model-land will intersect a fantasy version of the modelling world with state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, dining and special events." 

"The breakthrough new attraction is set to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place, the iconic open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination just blocks from the beach in Santa Monica."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I created Top Model to expand the definition of beauty based on my own pain of being told ‘no’ that I couldn’t do something because I’m curvy or I’m black. My empathy for women in general increased through the experience," Banks told Booth Moore of WWD.

Tyra continued, expressing her hope for even more expansion;

"And now with Model-land, I’m taking it ten steps forward, giving people the opportunity to engage with the elusive world by opening it up to everyone. Men, women, families, all generations can come and enter this model world for a day, have a fun shopping experience, and an eventful meal. This will be the first of many.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As a permanent destination, visitors will be able to "step into their light" so just about anyone can be a model. Banks spoke about her Disneyland inspiration, a place she went a lot as a child; 

"There is a storyline I have been working on for a year. Anybody can enter and feel like a model,” she said about the space.

Banks, as the godmother of breaking beauty barriers, is continuing her mission to bring modelling to the masses. She really does bring the industry into the mainstream, and we love her for it.

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He sees it, he likes it, he wants it, he GETS IT. America's Next Top Model icon Nyle DiMarco, who is also an avid activist for the ASL community, has created his own version of Ariana Grande's 7 Rings music video in American Sign Language.

AND IT'S AMAZING. With DiMarco's assistance, the video was directed by Jake Wilson, and features a range of models absolutely slayin' the game to Ariana's number one hit song, alongside closed captions.

DiMarco was the second male winner and first winner who is hard of hearing to be crowned America's Next Top Model. He's been a public advocate for closed-captioning videos for the deaf community ever since.

He asked Grande herself via Twitter to request that her thank u, next video be available with closed captioning for the “466 million people with hearing loss” who want to view the art too.

"Deaf here and we do enjoy your music," Nyle added. He has been campaigning for representation for years, and has achieved some major milestones while he's at it.

He also reached out to Vevo, writing, "You earn more than $650 million per year and can't even add captions to Ariana Grande's thank u, next video."

"There ARE closed caption service that will cost you ONLY six dollars (or less) to instantly appeal to a wider audience," he added.

"There are 466 million people with hearing loss, thank u, next."

YAS HENNY. He's right, of course. The deaf community face struggles with music videos daily, with only a handful of major artists providing closed-captions on their video work.

Grande took notice of the criticism, and made sure that when her 7 Rings music video debuted this month, there were lyrics available to read onscreen

DiMarco has now released an ASL version of whole iconic music video, and he's looking INCREDIBLE in a diamanté fishnet top;

Him and his male model pals are killin' it in the video, recreating Ariana's girl power song with American Sign Language to boot. Fair play lads, fair play.

Representation matters, and we all have to play a role in encouraging the fight against albeism.

Nyle continues to break down the barriers for his community, we're so glad Ari took notice.

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Thank the Lord, we're getting the answers to all of our 2019 questions.

The main question, of course, being: Where the hell are Lindsay Lohan's iconique characters RIGHT THIS MOMENT?

Strap yourselves in, gals. Lindsay spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her thoughts on the roles, and her answers seem pretty legit.

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Take a look at what the former child-star had to say, some of her answers may surprise you:

Anna Coleman: Freaky Friday

Anna Coleman was the cool gal we all wanted to be, with Jamie Lee Curtis playing the famous role of Anna's badass mom. 

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"Anna Coleman is now running for office. Secretary of State, with Michelle Obama probably and Oprah Winfrey. In 2020, so be sure to vote for her."

Hallie Parker and Annie James: The Parent Trap

Her most infamous child star role, where Lohan played twins living in separate worlds who have NO IDEA they're related until they meet at camp and switch places.

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"I think that they've swapped. I think Hallie is in London as a parenting counsellor, and then Annie is in California running a vineyard."

Maggie Peyton: Herbie Fully Loaded

The aspiring race car driver whose life is changed by her car, Herbie. Who can forget this character?

"Maggie Peyton is now the VP of Tesla."

Ashley Albright: Just My Luck

The gal who got to smooch none other than Chris Pine, and get her luck turned golden at the same time. We're jelly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Ashley Albright is running a fashion house. She's like a Diane Von Furstenburg with really good luck."

Aubrey Fleming: I Know Who Killed Me

Aspiring pianist and writer Aubrey disappears on a night out in the 2007 psychological thriller, and yet another random twin who was separated at birth turns up.

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"So there's two ways I can go with this, because we didn't know if she had a sister or not. One is six feet under, the other one is FBI. They've both changed their names, so it's CIA, FBI and they're friends with Anna Coleman. So they're taking over the White House."

Cady Heron: Mean Girls

Cady is arguably the most famous character in the Lindsay Lohan repertoire, and lately featured as part of Ariana Grande's iconic Thank U, Next music video.

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"Cady Heron is definitely back in Africa building homes for orphan gorillas. For sure, obviously."

Elizabeth 'Lola' Steppe: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

The Broadway obsessed 15-year-old gal played by Lohan who gets embroiled in the New Yorker life with Megan Fox.

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"Lola would be a director on Broadway. She'd be directing Mean Girls right now, duh."

Rachel Wilcox: Georgia Rule

Rachel's a rebel who gets caught up in drug use, sex and drinking at 17. Jane Fonda plays the badass granny who turns Rachel's life around.

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"Rachel would be a lawyer, definitely a female activist, for sure."

Casey Stuart: Life Size

The tomboy who plays quarterback on the seventh grade football team. Casey sets the world into crazy mode by trying to RESURRECT her dead mother. Yup, that was a plot-line, with Tyra Banks.

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"Casey would be living in Texas dating a really famous football player. She'd be friends with Giselle and Tom Brady, they'd have kids parties together.

So there you have it: a comprehensive breakdown of every Lindsay Lohan character's lives in modern day.

According to the woman herself; "I'm pretty sure they could put every character together and create a really good Capitol Hill office."

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Hmm, interesting notion. The standard at the moment doesn't exactly seem sky high to be fair…

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As far as modern-day Lindsay Lohan herself goes… who know's what character's she'll decide to play next.

In the wise words of Jamie Lee Curtis:

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Jael Strauss, who was a contestant in season eight of America's Next Top Model, sadly passed away on December 4th of this year. 

The 34-year-old model lost her battle to breast cancer, only two months after she was initially diagnosed. 

'The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed,' her family said in a statement to TMZ.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tyra Banks, who iconically hosted the ANTM show, was criticised on Twitter for not posting or releasing a statement about Jael's death. 

However, the talk show host has since posted on Twitter to reflect her sadness on Jael's passing:

'Top Model has lost a beautiful soul,' she wrote.

'We will all remember Jael and her fun-loving spirit and beautiful soul.' 

Jael was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in October of this year. Taking to Facebook, the model wrote: 

'I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable.'

'With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the ‘few months’ doctors said I could make it. I don’t want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013.' 

In 2013, Jael received treatment for substance abuse and addiction, after appearing on the Dr Phil show. In August of this year, Jael celebrated five years on sobriety – an amazing achievement. 

Our thoughts are with Jael's family at this time. 

 

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Tyra Banks has shared the first picture of her son York, and he is absolutely gorgeous.

The child could give any model a run for their money, as he stared into the camera and reached his tiny hand out for the picture.

Tyra posted the picture for Father's Day and captioned it, "To all the amazing daddies out there that love their kids unconditionally like my mommy's daddy and my daddy too… HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! – York."

 

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York is one-year-old and was brought into the world via surrogate for Tyra.

Tyra, who has been dating Norwegian photographer Erik Asla since 2013, has opened up about her fertility issues in the past.

When her son was born, Tyra said, "The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin.

 

Mother and Son.

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"As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone."

Tyra is set to return to her professional life, and is making a comeback on America's Next Top Model. She is also reprising her role as a doll for Life Size 2, which, according to reports, will film within the next year.

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America's Next Top Model is a noughties classic, with hosts Tyra Banks, Janice Dickenson and Ms J honing the skills of wannabe models year in and year out.

In the most recent series, Tyra vacated her throne as queen judge in favour of Rita Ora, who has been heading up the show with body positivity activist Ashley Graham, as well as stylist Law Roach and chief creative officer of Paper Magazine Drew Eliot.

Now, the OG model has set her sights on her crown once again. 

Tyra, who has been ANTM‘s creator and executive producer this series, is set for a return. 

The super model will begin shooting the new series of the show this summer, but there is no word yet on whether Rita will be remaining as a fellow judge. 

ANTM fans are thrilled by the news, and have called for the other OG judges to make a comeback too. 

Rita took to Instagram to share a sweet snap of herself and Tyra. 

"Words can't describe how much FUN I had hosting this show for you – it was such an honour," she said. 

"I grew up watching and loving the show it was a dream come true and I can't wait for you to hear my new album!"

"It's TIME PEOPLE!!! Love the whole ANTM cast and crew and good luck for the future!! Love you," she finished.

We can't wait for the new season! 

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There seems to be no stopping Rita Ora as she is set to replace Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model.

The singer has been involved in a number of projects over the last year, including 50 Shades, and after moving on from The X Factor she will reportedly take over from Tyra Banks on the reality show.

An insider told The Sun, “Rita is in a dream world as she’s landed the ultimate gig.

 

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“She’ll be mixing her two passions of fashion and music and taking over from a TV institution in Tyra.

“Next Top Model bosses wanted to inject some freshness back into the format and they see Rita as the ideal new face.

"She is releasing a new single later this year to coincide with it,” the source added.

We think she'll be BRILLIANT on the show.

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Ever since 47-year-old model, Stephanie Seymour, dubbed Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid 'bitches of the moment' and suggested that they weren't actually supermodels in the traditional sense, there's been no shortage of discussion surrounding the issue.

After Kendall took to her website to express her disappointment over Stephanie's off-the-cuff remark, the older model responded by apologising, writing on Instagram: "I respect and admire all these women in my industry, in particular Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner."

"Having been in the business over 20 years I know how hard these women work," she added in a post which has been likes more than 50,000 times since its upload.

But it looks like it's not enough for fellow model, Tyra Banks, who decided to weigh in on the controversy by tweeting: "This supermodel war is raging and it's really tearing me apart. It's my duty to speak up about the model war going on, and I've got a lot to say."

Leading fans to a blog on her website, Tyra communicated her stance on the issue, and while drawing comparisons between supermodels in the 90s and today, she insisted that both worked as hard as each other.

"I speak to the new Supermodels…my sisters…my girls. You’re kicking ass, working hard, running from show to show, shoot to shoot and party to party (because you have to be seen and have a cool social media post that night because your followers are complaining you haven’t been posting enough lately)."

"You’re driving yourself into exhaustion all while showing the world post by post that it looks so easy, when in reality, it is anything but. The pressure is ON," she continued.

"You have to be perfect but relatable, friendly yet intimidating, sexy but not too much or you’ll get barraged with the capital ‘S’ word all over your feeds," Tyra wrote. "The world is watching your every move, judging whether or not you have acceptable personal style."

Advising the younger generation of models that they should attempt to understand their predecessor's stance, she added: "Change is hard. And when you’re a legend, and have ruled the roost, it’s even harder. It can be frustrating, painful, and sometimes can leave one in disbelief."

Tyra finished by insisting that there were room for numerous generations of supermodels, writing: "The universe constantly changes and evolves, and will continue to do so until the end of time.  It’s inevitable. And it’s beautiful."

Preach Tyra, preach!

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Tyra Banks gave her fans a huge surprise last month when she revealed that she had welcomed her first son with boyfriend Erik Asla – and now she's finally shared a photo of her new arrival.

The former model recently opened up on her chat show FABLife about her struggle to conceive naturally, but revealed in late January that she and Erik had turned to a surrogate.

Tyra told fans that the couple's son York was "the best present," adding that the pair had "worked and prayed so hard for" his safe arrival. 

"This is the happiest Valentine's Day of my life," the America's Next Top Model host wrote last night alongside a breathtaking snap of herself and her little man.

"York, Daddy@erikasla and I send you so much love."

Speaking about her fertility problems last year, the 42-year-old said it had been a tough journey for herself and Erik.

"I've had some not-happy moments with that, very traumatic moments," she admitted to her co-host Chrissy Teigen, who is expecting her first child soon. 

"It's difficult as you get older. It's not something that can just happen."

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Tyra Banks has never been shy about her fertility issues, but her "best present" is "finally here" due to a surrogate.

The top model shared on social media last night that she has welcomed a baby boy with her boyfriend, Erik Asla.

"The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here,” Tyra captioned an Instagram post, which featured a striped baby hat.

“He’s got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin."

Erik later reposted Tyra's photo, saying, "Witnessing the dawn of life is quite possibly life's greatest gift."

She named her new son York Banks Asla, which we think is lovely. We're so delighted for her!

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Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid have the world at their feet.

Both are killing it on the seasons runways, are the faces of major campaigns and both made their career pinnacles at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year. 

And still, they get a lot of hate. 

While coming from reality backgrounds seems to have aided their careers, Gigi has spoken out about the amount of criticism she receives on social media and Kendall comes from perhaps the most loved AND hated family in the entire world.

Well, top super model Tyra Banks still thinks they are stars in their own right. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the model and TV personality said that it was her show, America's Next Top Model, that opened the door for reality stars to make it in the business. 

"I think [America's Next Top Model] has opened up the world to accepting reality television stars as models.

"If you think about Kendall and Kylie Jenner – people think Kylie's not a model, but I think she's a model – and Gigi Hadid and all of these girls from reality television, I think Top Model knocked the doors down for that to be okay in the high fashion world."

Yep, Kendall, Gigi and even Kylie can thank Tyra for their blossoming careers, apparently. 

Tyra's colossal show is coming to an end this week after 13 years on the air. But what is next for Tyra? 

"I would never host somebody else's show. But I ask myself, 'What is the future of reality television? What is the future of competition television?' And I already have an idea of what I think the future of that is.

"I think I would probably make some appearances in it, but would not be the day-to-day person – I'd be the creator. But I think I've cracked what the future of that is, so stay tuned!"

We most definitely will. 

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Yes, they made a HUGE deal of America’s Next Top Model coming to an end during the year, but now it has been reported that it might not be the end of the TV show after all.

ANTM is trying to find a new home for the 23rd series, meaning that the show won’t be ending at all, just moving to a new channel.

It was the first show aired on The CW in 2006, but executive producer, Ken Mok is reportedly pitching a new instalment of ANTM around to various networks and TV streaming sites, like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix, according to Deadline.

Which is unsurprising, considering that the series has done particularly well in repeat and on-demand websites over the past few years.

And even better news, it is reported that Tyra will still play a major part on the new show. You haven’t seen the end of her smize just yet!

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