Tyra Banks Is Doing Away With ANTM Age Limits

Two weeks after announcing she'd return as host for ‘America's Next Top Model’ upcoming 24th season., Tyra Banks revealed she'd removed the upper age limit on entries in a video posted to Twitter and Instagram Saturday.

Before, entrants were required to be under the age of 27. Though contestants still need to be over the age of 18 and hold American citizenship to apply for the show.

"You know what I hear all the time?" she explained in her video, "'Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?' So, you know what? I'm taking that age limit off. You want to audition for America's Next Top Model? I don't care how old you are, honey. You just have to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel."

Tyra recently released a statement in which she credited the show's fans for her decision to return as presenter.

She said: "I'm overwhelmed and humbled by the intensity of the 'ANTM' fan base whose deep affection for the show led me to have a change of heart. After giving it a lot of thought, I see that remaining behind the camera wasn't enough because 'ANTM' is woven into my DNA."

-Devashree Goenka