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Rita Ora at the Met Gala in May wearing Vera Wang. (Photo: Getty Images)
When America’s Next Top Model was canceled, the long-running show seemed to be going out on a high: Nyle DiMarco, the bisexual hearing-impaired winner of Season 22 was one of the most promising contestants in the series’ history. But then, VH1 decided it wanted to bring it back — but with one major change. Tyra Banks, ANTM’s smizing multi-hyphenate wouldn’t serve as host. So the question quickly became: Who will replace Tyra? Now we might have our answer.
According to reports (and a little bit of our own intel on the matter from employees at Viacom, which owns VH1), “Becky with the good hair” contestant Number 2, Rita Ora, is set to follow in Banks’s size 12 stilettos and reboot one of fashion’s most successful television franchises.
So is Ora the right fit for the job? The thing about America’s Next Top Model is the franchise has never actually graduated a “top model’ in any sense of the word. In fact, most of the contestants make bigger careers acting or in some other path over the fashion industry. The pretense for it all though? Having a host and judges that were inextricably linked to the industry. But will they have that moving forward?
Sure, Ora has experience hosting with a gig on the X Factor in the U.K. and fashion credentials including an Adidas collection, she dated a Hilfiger (and the only male Kardashian), and she has appeared in campaigns for brands like DKNY. But is she really that knowledgeable about the intricacies of the fashion industry? Can she really pose as a mentor to a steady stream of model hopefuls who are wanting true insight into the confusing and ever-changing world of couture?
Looks like we’ll have to wait to find out.