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This Season Of "America's Next Top Model" Will Be The Last

Smize through the tears.

Posted on October 14, 2015, at 5:21 p.m. ET

After 22 cycles, America's Next Top Model will come to an end.

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Tyra Banks announced the news on her Instagram on Wednesday, thanking fans.

When it premiered in 2003, ANTM was the only reality show set in the fashion world, Banks said.

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"I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos," she wrote.

The current Cycle 22 will air its final episode on Dec. 4. A CW spokesperson said the network is also in discussions to air a retrospective special sometime in late 2016.

Banks, the show's other judges, and the rotating cast of beauties brought to life the drama of the fashion world as well as the behind-the-scenes realities of photo shoots and runway shows.

Over the show's cycles, Banks brought in a diverse cast of female models -- even adding men to the mix. Various casts featured petite and plus-size models from around the country.

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"I set out to create a show where perfect is boring," Banks wrote. "So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) -- the stuff about you that makes you well...you."

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"May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful," Banks wrote. "And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy."

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