Tyra Banks Believes ‘Top Model’ Helped Launch Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid’s Careers

Tyra Banks says she’s responsible for Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner’s successful modeling careers

As America’s Next Top Model’s 22-cycle run comes to an end, the show’s host has taken a moment to reflect on how the series has impacted the modeling world. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Banks reveals that she believes that her television series has opened doors for models that didn’t fit the mould.

I think it has opened up the world to accepting reality television stars as models. If you think about Kendall and Kylie [Jenner] — people think Kylie’s not a model, but I think she’s a model — and Gigi [Hadid] and all of these girls from reality television. I think Top Model knocked the doors down for that to be okay in the high fashion world.

This year, Jenner and Hadid made their debut on the Victoria’s Secret runway. However, in the past they both have been vocal about trying to distance themselves from their famous families in a bid to be taken more seriously in the industry.

​”People didn’t want to take a chance on me, I think because I was sort of known​,” she admitted to Teen Vogue in 2014. ​”They were a little bit on the fence about it. Some people might think that what I’ve done before made it easier for me to get jobs, but it was actually a disadvantage. I had to work even harder​.”

Thank you Tyra Banks and ANTM helping give us KenGi.