Tyra Banks: All New 'America's Next Top Model' Contestants Take IQ Tests [VIDEO]
She Doesn't Promise They All Get High Scores, Of Course
Tyra Banks is among that handful of fashion models who can truly claim to be supermodels, but, with the completion of an executive training course at Harvard Business School earlier this year, she proved she's also among the smartest supermodels.
So maybe it should come as no surprise that the contestants on her CW reality series, America's Next Top Model, are required to take IQ tests.
That's right … IQ tests. The 19th cycle of ANTM -- a special College Edition -- kicks off tonight (8 p.m. ET), and at the show's Wednesday night premiere party in New York City, Banks said the show's contestants have always been given IQ tests.
"Their IQs are higher than ever," Banks told Glamour.com about this cycle's wannabes, who are all college students. "We test the IQs every year as part of our screening process. Yeah, I'm probably saying too much here. But yes their IQs are higher than ever. These are college girls."
But lest you think that means this crop of aspiring runway walkers is more refined, i.e. less prone to the kind of drama mama antics we've come to know and love from ANTM contestants, Banks nixed the thought.
"They may know a little calculus or statistics or whatever, but they were still just girls fighting," Banks says. "There was one fight going on in the second episode about who's a real bitch … 'I'm a real bitch, no I'm a real bitch.'
"What? You guys are college girls! What is a real bitch anyway?"
We've no doubt the contestants will spend the whole cycle showing us.
As for this latest season of the show, viewers should expect some changes. The models are duking it out for a prize package that includes goodies from new ANTM partners: a fashion feature in Nylon magazine and $100,000 of cash and campaigns with Smashbox Cosmetics and Nine West, as well as a modeling contract with LA/NY Models and being the face of America's Next Top Model Dream Come True perfume.
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There's also a new stylist, Johnny Wujek, who's worked with Katy Perry, to act as the photo shoot creative consultant; fashion blogger Bryanboy, who has a Marc Jacobs handbag named after him, will help mentor the models; and former boxer and male supermodel Rob Evans joins Banks and Kelly Cutrone on the judges panel.
Fan voting also plays a major role this cycle, as fans help choose which eliminated models might get a chance to rejoin the competition.
Watch a preview of the new cycle of ANTM below: