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Tyra Banks Says All 'America's Next Top Model' Contestants Must Take an IQ Test

By Glamour Magazine Aug 23, 2012 5:08PM
by Tracey Lomrantz Lester, Glamour Magazine

Here's a little reality-TV reality check: The contestants on America's Next Top Model have to submit to an IQ test as part of the casting process, according to the show's creator and host, Tyra Banks.

Last night at the cycle 19 premiere party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, we put this question to Tyra: "Since this cycle is the college edition, are the girls smarter than usual?" Her answer seriously surprised us:

"Their IQs are higher than ever. We test the IQs every year as part of our screening process. Yeah, I'm probably saying too much here. But yes their IQs are higher than ever. These are college girls."

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As soon as we picked our jaws up off the floor, we followed up by wondering if that meant they were better behaved or otherwise more savvy on set. Thankfully for lovers of good reality TV drama, the answer was:

"No. They may know a little calculus or statistics or whatever but they were still just girls fighting. There was one fight going on in the second episode about who's a real bitch. 'I'm a real bitch, no I'm a real bitch.' What? You guys are college girls! What is a real bitch anyway?"

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The executive producers of the show gave us the following statement, via the CW's press rep, about finding out if the models have brains in addition to beauty: "Testing basic intelligence is very common in reality shows, especially competition ones, and just one of several factors that are considered in the casting process."

What do you ladies make of Top Model IQ-testing its contestants? Surprised? Discuss!

"America's Next Top Model" cycle 19 premieres Friday, August 24 at 8/7c on the CW.

Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images Entertainment

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Aug 23, 2012 6:20PM
I'd say most will score about 60, that's a high grade moron. LOL!!!
Aug 23, 2012 6:17PM
I agree with the line in a song from Kid Rock-"**** models, love strippers!"
Aug 23, 2012 6:17PM
Disgusting!!!! So if a girl has is mildly retarded she can't be a next top model??? Intelligence plays no part in posing for a camera.The stupid person is the one that thinks a high I.Q. defines a person's abilities.  This is ignorant predjudice!!!! Maybe we shouldn't let big forheaded women be on our televisions!
Aug 23, 2012 6:16PM
Was Tyra the first in line.....hahaha
Aug 23, 2012 6:15PM
This is funny, notice two important facts were left out. What is the base line, and what were the results? For example some of these models might squeak by with an 81, so the "college" students got a 90....big deal! 

On the other hand this is the "intelligence" test I am picturing:

"Ok, honey, here is a piece of gum. What I need you to do is chew it and walk all the way to the end of this room".....

Aug 23, 2012 6:09PM
What would be   the purpose of an IQ test on a profession that is based on seduction ?
"Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" knows very well that ignorance is blessed when silence is respected.
Aug 23, 2012 6:07PM
"better than ever.."  hmmmm  one point higher than last year?  Is that what they are talking about???
Aug 23, 2012 6:07PM
68.8% of the population is AVERAGE. If it does not come out that way...your IQ tests are worthless. We cannot measure Intelligence, all we can do is measure acquired information and problem solving, which is a reflection of intellect. Real intelligence is Understanding...I dont see much of it with these women.
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