Cycle 12 of America’s Next Top Model begins this week, but it’s cycle 13 that’s making bigger news. In relation to my post concerning diversity on the runways, there is some great news for those average 5’4 Asians, as well as all us other short girls in the world; Tyra Banks has officially announced that cycle 13 of “America’s Next Top Model” will only be open to girls who are 5’7 or shorter! Unfortunately I have been unable to re-locate the article where I first read this wonderful news, since I was planning on quoting the reasoning behind the decision. In short, Tyra revealed that ever since the beginning of Top Model, she has had shorter girls begging to be given a chance despite their height. Apparently the short model series has been in the making for quite a while, and they feel it would be a great way to give shorter girls the chance to prove they can be the next Kate Moss. It’s not likely that ANTM will continue this trend, as the modeling industry is very cut-throat and not very open to short models, but it would be great to see a couple of these series again in the future of the show. Now let’s just hope Canada follows suit!