'America's Next Top Model' Reaches Its End

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 10/15/2015 | 09:30 AM EDT

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Tyra Banks' long-running reality competition series will end its run after 12 years

"America's Next Top Model" will take its final walk down the runway this December, as Tyra Banks' long-running reality competition series has come to an end after 12 years.

 

The CW announced Wednesday the series finale is set for Dec. 4 and is in talks to assemble a retrospective special which would air late next year. The show is currently in its 22nd season.

 

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Banks made an announcement of her own, writing on Instagram:

 

"Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it's time. Our diehard fans know we've expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it's time. It really is. Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done."

 

"ANTM" premiered in May 2003 on UPN and made the switch to the CW in 2006. Banks has hosted and executive produced the series since the beginning and has brought through winner such as Adrianne Curry, Eva Marcille, Naima Mora, Danielle Evans, Jaslene Gonzalez and more.

 

Banks is currently hard at work with her new ABC talk show "FabLife" and is attached to a Life Size sequel for Disney Channel.

 

TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it's time. Our diehard fans know we've expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it's time. It really is. Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we'd do 22 cycles. Whoa! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That's amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed. I set out to create a show where Perfect is Boring. So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) - the stuff about you that makes you well...you. And I hope you've learned a heck of a lot from watching. I have an inkling you have. May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful. And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy. Fierce & Love, 💛Tyra

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