The New York Post reports
today that sources inside America's Next Top Model
say that this will be the last cycle of judging for Vogue
editor at-large Andre Leon Talley, and that Kelly Cutrone may take his place at the table next season.
Andre has occupied the seat next to Tyra for four seasons, becoming the latest regular judge to join the show since Paulina Porizkova left. In her weekly introductions of the judging panel, Tyra calls him "one of the most influential people in the fashion world."
The Post's source did not cite a reason for Talley's impending exit, but after (and perhaps because of) Talley's entrance onto the series, America's Next Top Model
made a loud and proud shift to attempt to be more "high fashion," hiring more well-known designers and photographers for its challenges, and offering each cycle's winner a spread in Italian Vogue
. The show has since shifted away from the "high fashion" angle with this all-star cycle (cycle 17), instead making the theme of the cycle about "branding" and cultivating celebrity. Tyra has also announced that cycle 16 was the last "normal" cycle of America's Next Top Model
It could be that Andre's rumored exit has to do with Top Model'
s shift away from couture and into celebrity -- or maybe he's just ready to get back to business at
. Whatever the case, if the rumor is true, Andre, his unique turns of phrase and glorious ensembles, especially his capes and hats, will be missed. At least we'll always have "dreckitude," thanks to him.
Cutrone, on the other hand, is well acquainted with the worlds of reality television and exposure-based "celebrity." As the head of fashion firm People's Revolution, she started out on MTV's The Hills
before starring in its spinoff with Whitney Port, The City
, and then Bravo's diary series about her life, Kell on Earth
. Like Tyra, she is also an author. Her book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You
came out in 2010.
What do you think of the news that the all-star cycle might be Andre's last on the judging panel?