Ora de­cided Amer­ica’s Next Top Model panel

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Rita Ora was the mas­ter­mind be­hind ‘Amer­ica’s Next Top Model’ panel shake up. The ‘RIP’ hit­maker shocked the world ear­lier this year when it was an­nounced she was re­plac­ing Tyra Banks as the host and main judge of the beauty show but she has ad­mit­ted she was ac­tu­ally the one who approached bosses and en­cour­aged them to em­ploy her, Ash­ley Gra­ham, Drew El­liott and run­way coach/fash­ion ex­pert Law Roach. Speak­ing to PA­PER mag­a­zine, she said: “I’m lucky to have friends in this in­dus­try, and I thought maybe if I call them and we cre­ate a cred­i­ble panel and give a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of ‘Amer­ica’s Next Top Model’, I could ac­tu­ally be the host.” How­ever, the 25-year-old singer is de­ter­mined to cre­ate a dif­fer­ent vibe when the show re­turns in De­cem­ber as she be­lieves mod­el­ing is no longer just about tak­ing a pic­ture. She ex­plained: “I’m not here to tell them what to do. I’m here to show them that they can do this, too. I’m an ex­am­ple of what you can achieve be­cause it’s worked. “I don’t think just tak­ing a photo is enough any­more. “We fo­cus on how you’re go­ing to cre­ate a fan base on so­cial me­dia, how you’re go­ing to make peo­ple want to im­i­tate you. That for me is the dif­fer­ence be­tween some­body who’s just a reg­u­lar model and some­body who’s a su­per­star.” Although Tyra - who has fronted the pro­gram for 22 se­ries - has now stepped away from the host­ing du­ties, the 42-year-old model will still re­main as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. And the brunette beauty re­cently claimed she had a say in who would re­place her. She said at the time: “I’m pumped to iden­tify that per­son and bring back the show. ‘Top Model’ fans, you de­manded that the show come back and VH1 an­swered the call. Get ready for a fierce-a-fied re­birth!”

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