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Tyra Banks embarks on 20th season of America's Next Top Model


Kelly Cutrone, Tyra Banks, Rob Evans and Jonte :: Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Kelly Cutrone, Tyra Banks, Rob Evans and Jonte :: Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Five-time SI Swimsuit model Tyra Banks is about to start her 20th season (or "cycle" as Banks likes to say) hosting America's Next Top Model. The show, which debuted in 2003, starts with anywhere from 10-14 contestants but eliminates one each week until the next top model is chosen. Banks, who serves as the show's  host, head judge, and executive producer, spoke with Fault Magazine about the new season, the show's unique language and more:

On the show's upcoming 20th season: "It is our Anniversary 20th Cycle and we are featuring male and female models. So aside from a whole new type of modeling from the men. there's lots of love connection drama and edgy photo shoot themes. It's also really important to me to stay on the cutting edge of trends in photography and technology. In addition to still having ANTM fans as the fourth judge; we're doing some exciting new things that fans will see during judging that will really wow them."

On the language she's created with the show: "It's great because it manes that when words like 'smize,' 'tooch' and 'flawsome' are penetrating people's psyche, so is the larger messages behind them. Anybody can perfect the smize and give that model look. You can 'tooch' your body and work it no matter your shape or size. And being 'flawsome' is embracing yourself and your uniqueness, flaws and all. It's really cool to hear those words used so mainstream now. Look out for the newest catch phrase, inspired by the 20th Cycle of America's Next Top Model: the 'booch' or 'boy touch.'"

As Tyra gets ready to begin Cycle 20, SwimDaily looks back at the last decade of the show: