America’s Next Top Model may be entertaining at times, but until Andre Leon Talley graced the judges table, it wasn’t exactly considered a high fashion show. The models never really took off and the grand prizes seemed, well, not that grand. (Seventeen Magazine, we love you, but you’re hardly the pinnacle of couture.)
It appears, however, that ANTM is stepping it up a notch for the show’s next cycle. The CW has announced that the winning prize will now be the cover of Vogue Italia. I know, we’re shocked too. Vogue Italia is known in the industry for their racy photo shoots and high fashion edginess — this could very well be the shot of cred ANTM needs to be taken seriously.
Let’s just hope that next season’s models are up to the task.