UPDATE: This story is fake and 100 percent untrue. We made it up for April Fool's Day. Did we get you?
The CW's America's Next Top Model is channeling The Swan for its next go-round. In Cycle 15, the show will offer "untraditionally attractive" women (below the industry beauty standard) the chance to become America's Next Top Model. Fourteen hopefuls from across the country will be given the chance to prove they have what it takes when the competition finally allows women with less-than-ideal facial features into the competition.
"Tyra Banks will once again try to change the industry by looking for a different kind of model," reads a CW press release. [Note: In the past, the show has featured "short" and "plus-size" contestants.] "In previous seasons of America’s Next Top Model, contestants were expected to have pretty faces because industry preferences favor beauty, particularly for photo shoots. However, Tyra Banks and the ANTM casting team are always looking to break barriers in the industry. Season 6 will be cast with girls who have large noses, low hairlines, missing teeth, and double chins. The eligibility requirements have opened the competition to girls who never thought they could model. However the age, weight and height requirements are the same, so applicants need to be between the ages of 18 and 27, 5'7" or taller and 125 pounds or less."
Banks leads the panel of America's Next Top Model judges, comprised of leading fashion industry experts. The panel consists of photographer Nigel Barker, runway expert J. Alexander and guest judges—who in Cycle 15 will include America Ferrera, Piper Perabo, and Katherine Heigl.
The winner of America's Next Top Model will win $100,000 worth of cosmetic surgery with a top Beverly Hill surgeon, get a meeting with Wilhelmina Models, receive a lifetime supply of CoverGirl cosmetics, and appear on the cover and in a six-page fashion spread of Life & Style Weekly magazine.
Oh, Tyra. What will you think of next?