As America’s Next Top Model’s 22-cycle run comes to a close, the show’s host and executive producer, Tyra Banks, has taken a moment to reflect on how the series has impacted the modeling world; specifically, 2015’s new class of supers—and the success of the reality TV-famous starlets who are leading the pack.
“If you think about Kendall and Kylie [Jenner]—people think Kylie’s not a model, but I think she’s a model—and Gigi [Hadid] and all of these girls from reality television,” the former Victoria’s Secret Angel explained to Entertainment Weekly, “I think Top Model knocked the doors down for that to be okay in the high fashion world.”
While it may be true that the Jenner sisters first became household names because of their roles on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and Hadid through brief appearances with her mother, Yolanda Foster, on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the girls disagree that their starts on the small screen have had anything to do with their current reign over the runway.
“I don’t want to be a reality star. I want to focus on my own career,” Hadid told Us Weekly last year. “I was on a couple of episodes to try and support my mom, and obviously for it to make sense because I’m her daughter, but I really am working hard to make my modeling career my own and make a name for myself.”