Tyra Banks Just Removed the 'America's Next Top Model' Age Limit

Olds welcome.

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America's Next Top Model just did away with its age limit, which, if you didn't know, imposed a strict cutoff for any Olds over 27.

Tyra Banks announced the change in an Instagram video, officially removing the 18-27 age range from the show's application requirements.

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"You know I've stood for diverse beauty and erasing cookie-cutters when it comes to what is deemed beautiful. There have been 23 cycles of America's Next Top Model and every single cycle, we say, you have to be 27 years old or younger. Know what I hear all the time? 'Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?'" Banks said in the video. "So you know what? I'm taking that age limit off. You want to audition for America's Next Top Model? I don't care how old you are, honey, you just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel."

America's Next Top Model has been chipping away at restrictive participation requirements in recent years, opening up the opportunity to a more diverse group of contestants. In Cycle 22, for example, the show ditched its height requirement (opens in new tab), welcoming a wider range of body types to the show.

The smize requirement, however, does not appear to be going anywhere.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.