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Tyra Banks: ANTM will shave half a girl's hair off!

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Tyra Banks and Andre Leon Talley celebrate the cycle 15 premiere of America's Next Top Model at Marea on September 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CW)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Tyra Banks and Andre Leon Talley celebrate the cycle 15 premiere of America's Next Top Model at Marea on September 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CW)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tyra Banks introduces auction item on stage at Keep A Child Alive's 8th annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child11/WireImage)

Tyra Banks has described the new season of Top Model as a "boxing match".



The American star fronts America’s Next Top Model and has discussed cycle 18, which premiered Stateside yesterday. This time round things are different, as half the contestants come from the US and the others hail from Britain.

“This is a boxing match between two regions,” she told People. “It's interesting to see these them battle it out to get on top.”

In each series of the show the wannabe models undergo makeovers, not all of which they like. This time round Tyra has pulled out all the stops, explaining she pushed the girls to their limit by giving them overhauls inspired by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

“One girl will get pink hair, another girl will have half her head shaved off. Another girl got America's Next Top Model shaved into her scalp,” Tyra laughed.

“Instead of normal makeovers, we're calling them 'takeovers’.

“There will be tears, emotion, and some girls will be pi*sed off. You can only imagine a girl finding out she's getting half her head shaved.”

The supermodel went on to talk about some of the contestants. One of the Americans has the word pirate tattooed on the inside of her lip, while there is an androgynous girl who Tyra expects to “titillate”.

“[Ashley from Scotland] is really funny,” she added. “I can't understand what she's saying. Her accent is so great but it's like you need subtitles."

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