A FIERCE COM­PE­TI­TION

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THERE’S no with­out Tyra Banks (pic­tured). Last year she opted not to host – singer Rita Ora stepped in – but Banks is back to front the show she cre­ated in 2003.

For the first time there is no age cap on mod­els (though the min­i­mum age is still 18), which means you’ll see a grand­mother, 42, com­pet­ing against women half her age. Colour, eth­nic­ity and weight are no bar­ri­ers – in­stead com­peti­tors must be “next-level fierce,” or face ran­dom evic­tion at any time.

Banks talks a big game about chang­ing the in­dus­try, and she de­liv­ers. Tall, wil­lowy blondes elicit a yawn. There’s a young girl proudly show­ing off her stretch­marks and cel­lulite. The mod­els in the wait­ing room are ar­gu­ing about pol­i­tics.

has evolved, in a very good way.

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