Tyra Banks Just Made A Big 'Top Model' Change That Reminds Us We Can Be Fierce At Any Age

"I've stood for diverse beauty, and erasing cookie cutters when it comes to what is deemed beautiful."

Have you ever dreamed of being a contestant on America's Next Top Model, but were disappointed to learn you couldn't be older than 27 to apply? Tyra Banks just made a big rule change for you.

The show's creator, who recently announced she'll be returning as host for the upcoming 24th cycle on VH1, posted a video to her Instagram account in which she shares that there will no longer be an age limit to apply for the show. 

"I've stood for diverse beauty, and erasing cookie cutters when it comes to what is deemed beautiful," Banks explained, saying that she often hears requests to remove the 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 need to know how to smize, and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel."

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It's a logical next step for a series that has long preached that there's no one way to be beautiful. The show accepts models of various shapes and sizes, and in 2008, the judges named the first plus-size winner. In recent years, the competition also went co-ed, and has since named two male winners — including deaf contestant Nyle DiMarco, who also went on to win Dancing With the Stars.

We can't wait to see what this latest change means for the fierce future of the show.

(H/T: Mashable)

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