Ashley Graham Reveals She's Returning to America's Next Top Model — and She's 'So Excited' to Work with Tyra Banks
The supermodel confirmed the news exclusively to PEOPLE Now
The supermodel confirmed the news exclusively to PEOPLE Now this week, revealing that she will be rejoining the judging panel for the upcoming cycle 24.
“Oh yeah, I’m back!” she said. “It’s happening.”
So what is Graham, 29, most looking forward to?
“Having Tyra there,” she said, gushing over the reality competition series’ original host. “She was there in the beginning and the end [of cycle 23], but we didn’t get the Tyra-isms in the midst of it all.”
“I’m so excited to have her there,” she added. “Because she is a mentor and she’s definitely someone that I look up to.”
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VH1 announced in March that after sitting the most recent installment out, Banks, 43 — who also serves as ANTM‘s creator and executive producer — will return to host cycle 24. Production is slated to begin this summer, and additional panelists have not yet been announced.
Banks, now an established makeup mogul, had relinquished her ANTM hosting gig to pop star Rita Ora for cycle 23. Following the announcement, Ora, 26, welcomed back the O.G. host with a sweet Instagram shout-out.
“Words can’t describe how much FUN I had hosting this show for you – it was such an honour,” she captioned a selfie of the two. “I grew up watching and loving the show, it was a dream come true and I can’t wait for you to hear my new album! It’s TIME PEOPLE!!! Love the whole ANTM cast and crew and good luck for the future!! Love you @tyrabanks.”
A premiere date for America’s Next Top Model cycle 24 has not yet been announced.