Cycle 20, which premieres on Friday at 8/7c on The CW, marks the first season that both guys and girls will compete for the ultimate title of being named Top Model and becoming the face of Guess. As viewers have seen before, the reality competition has already seen its fair share of drama, but Banks says the addition of males brought the crazy to a whole new level.
"A girl would be crying at this photo shoot not because she's nervous for her photos, but because this guy she likes is not paying her any attention," Banks tells TVGuide.com.
And the ladies weren't the only ones with tears! "We also thought the guys would be very much like, 'Dude, I don't care. Tyra can send me home? Peace baby,'" Banks says. "But they're emotional and tearful too."
Joining Banks on the judges table are Kelly Cutrone and Rob Evans, who Banks reveals had a very different attitude towards the men than she did. "There was a lot of debate," Banks says. "I feel like a guy should still show his neck. I feel like a guy should still smize. Male model judge Rob Evans feels like a guy should look like a no-neck monster and he thinks it's all about masculinity and fierce, strong machoism. We have one guy in the competition that's kind of androgynous and I think we should celebrate that and say, 'Its OK, you can be feminine' and Rob is like, 'No he can't.' So there's a lot of debate."
Additionally, Banks explains that the challenges will also cater to both sexes — even if that includes nail art. "We made sure every single thing was something both a guy and girl could do, but there were certain instances where I did make the guys do more feminine things like nail art. I did a nail art photo shoot themed to the years of Top Model," Banks says. "Another was the smize. [We gave the] guys long nails because in high fashion they do a lot of weird crazy things!"
Will you tune in to Top Model? Are you glad the show is letting guys compete?