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In 2003, Tyra Banks took the then-budding world of competitive reality television by storm when she introduced America’s Next Top Model into the mix, and now after 22 cycles, she’s finally ready to give the show a proper send off.

Tyra created ANTM for the purpose of giving young, aspiring models (or unassuming girls with “model potential”) the chance of a lifetime by grooming them for supermodel greatness with the help of her esteemed industry colleagues, fellow models and celebrity guest coaches. The show quickly rose to fame in the early 2000s as the first of its’ kind, as well as the first show to air on the CW Network in 2006. As Tyra slowly but surely began stepping out of the supermodel limelight herself around that time, it proved to be a great move all around.

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The show has seen a consistent ratings dip in the last few seasons and after 10+ years, Tyra announced earlier this week that it’s finally time to call it quits.  She took to her Instagram page with this lengthy, heartfelt message about the show’s future exit earlier this week.

TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time. Our diehard fans know we’ve expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it’s time. It really is.

Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done.

Continuing on, Tyra also pointed out how ANTM helped to change the way the world viewes all that goes into becoming a successful model and made history as the first in the fashion arena to tackle reality TV.

#ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we’d do 22 cycles. Whoa! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That’s amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed.

Check out Tyra’s full IG message on the show coming to a close below.

TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time. Our diehard fans know we’ve expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it’s time. It really is. Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we’d do 22 cycles. Whoa! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That’s amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed. I set out to create a show where Perfect is Boring. So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) – the stuff about you that makes you well…you. And I hope you’ve learned a heck of a lot from watching. I have an inkling you have. May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful. And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy. Fierce & Love, ?Tyra

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The ANTM series finale will air on December 4, 2015. Will you miss the show?

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