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Banks’ model show lands a big boost from Italian Vogue

The programme bosses have snagged the publication’s editor, Franca Sozzani, as a judge for its upcoming season – and the winning wannabe will be featured in a spread in the magazine early next year (11).

As a result of the Italian Vogue link, Top Model has also landed top fashion photographers Patrick Demarchelier and Matthew Rolston among its special guests, turning the reality show into a must watch for style trendsetters.

Thrilled Banks, who is host and executive producer of the show, says, “All of a sudden it’s not America’s Next Top Model. It’s America’s Next Top Modelle, dahling (sic). It’s totally elevating it with the fashion industry.”

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Designers Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen and Roberto Cavalli will serve as judges this season, and top agency IMG will represent the winner of the contest.

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