The next "America's Next Top Model" winner will be saying, "Ciao!" to the cover of Italian Vogue instead.
The CW reality competition is ending its long-standing relationship with Seventeen, the network has announced. For the past four years, Tyra Banks and company's top-model picks -- such as most recent winner Krista White -- have received a pack of fabulous gets including a CoverGirl ad and a six-page fashion spread in the teen fashion-and-beauty bible.
Jay Manuel, an "ANTM" judge, announced the magazine switch when the CW unveiled its fall program lineup this week. "It's so major and makes the pressure huge," Manuel told the New York Post's PopWrap.
Ann Shoket, editor-in-chief of Seventeen, confirmed that the mag was out for the upcoming "ANTM" cycle 15. "'ANTM' has been a fantastic friend with benefits -- but we both thought it was time to start seeing other people," she told WWD.
Did Seventeen tire of the relationship or did new "ANTM" judge, Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley, wield some influence to get the winners a new place to pose?
No one is saying, but we're betting the 25-year-old White, whom Talley predicted was destined for an "international career," would love to be saying "formaggio" to longtime Italian Vogue cover photographer Steven Meisel.
One thing's for sure: Talley's "dreckitude" watch on the "ANTM" panel has invigorated the competition, which posted some of its best Wednesday-night ratings for the recent cycle 14 finale.
As much as we love Italian food and fashion, this affair has got us wondering here at StyleList: Are they still going to call it, um, "America's Next Top Model"?
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