Models have to be under 5’7″ for Top Model 13

While Top Model has previously restricted its cast to taller girls over 5 feet, 7 inches tall, the show’s 13th season will only allow models shorter than that. The previous height requirement was about “matching the industry standard,” according to a press release. The cast may not consist entirely of short models, though, as eligibility requirements say that “[p]roducers reserve the right to make case-by-case exceptions.”

“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!” Tyra Banks said in The CW’s announcement, which is artfully titled “Little Women!”

Besides the height requirement, the application also says potential models have to be 18 to 27, and “understand and agree that [they] may be required to pose and be photographed or videotaped while clothed, partially clothed or naked.”

Mailed-in applications are due March 10, and open casting calls start Saturday in Miami, and move on to San Francisco (March 3), Washington, DC (March 7), New York (March 14), Dallas (March 21), Chicago (March 25), and Los Angeles (March 28). Other cities and dates are listed but apparently won’t have actual casting directors on hand.

Little Women! [CW press release]
America’s Next Top Model Cycle 13 Casting Call [The CW]

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