Fresh off of throwing up the deuces to her talk show FABLife, Tyra Banks is also saying good-bye America’s Next Top Model. In a new interview with USA Today, Banks talks about how ANTM contributed to high fashion, lessons she’s learned about TV ratings and her departure from daytime. Check out a few excerpts:
How ANTM has changed high fashion:
We were doing themed fashion shows on Top Model, and people were thinking I was crazy. Like, I’m going to have rain all over the runway, or I want girls walking in water that’s ankle deep. And now that’s normal. Every season Chanel is in a strange location doing something that’s a theme, whether it’s a protest or in an airport.
Tyra’s biggest TV lesson:
I didn’t follow metrics as much as I should have. We didn’t look at ratings and go, Oh, that episode rated (highly) so next year let’s do that again with a twist…We just went off of our gut and what we thought would be good.
On leaving FABLife:
I realized that if I stepped away (from show business) for five years to start this business I need to focus on this and not run my company in emails and in quick meetings between shows of FABLIfe. And I made that decision.
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