America's Next Top Model Casting Note: Short Girls Wanted!

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Casting for the 13th season - sorry, 13th cycle - of America's Next Top Model is underway.

Here's the long and (mostly) short of it:

In a complete turnaround from the casting requirements of its first 12 cycles, the reality competition is requiring contestants to be 5'7" or under. Tell us why, self-serving host Tyra Banks:

"There have been top supermodels in the past that weren't as tall as the industry demands, like fashion icon Kate Moss. So we are changing up Top Model for cycle 13 and making it a year for the shorter model!"

In addition to the height requirement, those interested in applying for the series must be between the ages of 18 and 27; and be of "diverse backgrounds, shapes and sizes," according to The CW.

Tyra and Models

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