Following her return as the host of America’s Next Top Model, announced in March, model and entrepreneur Tyra Banks is making a big change to the show.

Tyra Banks - Older models can now ‘smize’ on America’s Next Top Model
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Constantly petitioned by hopeful older models who don’t meet the nine-year age range, Banks has decided to remove the upper age limit.

Tyra Banks - Older models can now ‘smize’ on America’s Next Top Model
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The restriction had been set up from the start, allowing only models of 27 years old or younger to compete. Aspiring contestants will no longer be limited to this age range, enabling older models to enter and compete in the show.

The change was announced in a video on Tyra’s official twitter page along with information on how to apply and audition.

“There have been 23 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, and every single cycle, we say, you have to be 27 years old or younger. You know what I hear all the time? ‘Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?’ So you know what? I’m taking that age limit off. You wanna audition for America’s Next Top Model? I don’t care how old you are honey, you just need to be able to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway—like a supermodel.”