Yesterday's devastating news that America's Next Top Model will go off the air after its current season ends had us reminiscing on some of the competition's best moments.
There's the time Tyra Banks pretended to die ("I was ACTING!"), Bre and Kim's granola bar/energy drink drama in Cycle 5, when they casted a transgender model Isis King years before the word entered mainstream culture, "BE QUIET TIFFANY." But in one of the show's long-forgotten moments, ANTM became the platform in which Banks, the beloved supermodel-host, launched her music career back during Cycle 2 in 2004.
Banks' debut single was the R&B-tinged bop "Shake Ya Body" that could (i.e. should) have kickstarted a promising pop career. Its verses were racing, the chorus sounded like a mix between Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti—who was the hottest thing back then—and you could tell Tyra had some vocal chops, if just for her fierce delivery. The cut was the work of super-producer Darkchild (who helmed Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath" and Ray J's "One Wish" that year), adding to its crossover potential.
Sadly, the single went nowhere. But we did get a fascinating music video that sees Tyra play-fighting with former ANTM judge Jay Manuel and ripping off a blonde afro to reveal a banging set of cornrows. Look out for cameos from the final six contestants from Cycle 2, April: Sara, Camille, Mercedes, Shandi and eventual champion Yoanna.
Pop star Tyra Banks. It could have been a thing. Happy #TBT, everyone.