Bloggers on the next Season of ANTM? Yes Please!

Rumor has it that Tyra Banks and new America's Next Top Model judge Kelly Cutrone may be bringing in bloggers or internet personalities for the next, 19th cycle of the show. Cutrone is replacing Andre Leon Talley, and longtime cast members Jay Manuel, J. Alexander and Nigel Barker are out as well. With all this change, we're dying to know if they're going to completely reformat the show.

Cutrone told Fashionista in a recent interview, “If they bring bloggers on, I think it’ll be relevant to a huge audience. Most fashion houses seem to think so; they’re putting bloggers in the front row.”

Could it be? Page Six reported, “We hear producers are looking to add a social media slant to the show, and they’ve already reached out to bloggers and fashion insiders with a strong Web presence, including street-style blogger BryanBoy.”

We know that Bryan isn't a “street style blogger,” but still – this is promising! (He would be perfect for this job!)
Not everyone is stoked on adding bloggers and internet types into the ANTM mix. Cycle 3 Winner Eva Marcille told Fashionista, “[Bloggers] are just people with opinions that don’t do this business. It’s like, me giving you an opinion about your blog. I don’t have a blog. So who am I to tell you about your blog?” And later adding, “I’m sorry, three months as a blogger is not gonna prepare you for what this world is.”
We'll have to wait and see what happens, but in the meantime, let's speculate on who we'd love to see critiquing the wannabe models on ANTM:


  • Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist: He's got a great eye for photography and has never shied away from letting his opinion be known.
  • Tina Craig from BagSnob: She's smart, eloquent and has phenomenal taste, not to mention she's a former MTV Asia VJ, which gives her credible experience in the fashion and media industry.
  • Anna Dello Russo: We would tune in for her outfits alone, but her experience as an editor of Vogue Nipon, as well as her personal blog and twitter account make her a perfect judge and personality for ANTM.


Who would you want to see replace the original cast on ANTM? Do you think bloggers would do well as judges?

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9 Responses

  1. Cate

    …. I don’t think this is a good idea. *ducks sheepishly*

    I dunno.There’s nothing wrong with legitimizing bloggers, but I agree with Eva. Bloggers are great and we definitely have special skills, but I don’t think those skills extend to judging modeling competitions.

  2. Brigid

    I agree with Eva! Street style bloggers could maybe know about posing and lighting, but modeling to sell things is very different from modeling just to show what you’re wearing. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I blog too. I just don’t think that bloggers are qualified to do this. The judges + Jay M have been in the industry for years, working with models.

    I loved Miss Jay and I’m sad to see him go. I don’t really care about Nigel and Jay Manuel.

  3. Ana Carneiro

    I agree with Eva too, but I also think that there are bloggers who have been models before, or work(ed) in fashion magazines and they know a lot about the industry! Most of the fashion bloggers that actually have interesting points of view and successful fashion blogs were or are in some way related to the business of fashion…

  4. ICFashionChic

    I Thought Eva’s name was Eva Pigford.

    I can somewhat agree and disagree with her statement about fashion bloggers. Because some of us are qualified to write about fashion because some of us have been educated in it. You don’t have to be an editor of a big fashion magazine to know about fabric, cut, style and quality. Many bloggers have gone to school for fashion just where as many editors went to school for journalism. Who knows more about fashion?

  5. Elkee Sandoval

    I think anyone is qualified to judge a modeling competition. And bloggers are perfect! We eat, live and breathe fashion day in and day out. As far as nuances that are specific to modeling I don’t think the learning curve is all that steep. It’s fashion not rocket science.