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Rita Ora decided America's Next Top Model panel

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Rita Ora decided America's Next Top Model panel

Rita Ora was the mastermind behind 'America's Next Top Model' panel shake up.

The 'RIP' hitmaker shocked the world earlier this year when it was announced she was replacing Tyra Banks as the host and main judge of the beauty show but she has admitted she was actually the one who approached bosses and encouraged them to employ her, Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and runway coach/fashion expert Law Roach.

Speaking to PAPER magazine, she said: "I'm lucky to have friends in this industry, and I thought maybe if I call them and we create a credible panel and give a different perspective of 'America's Next Top Model', I could actually be the host."

However, the 25-year-old singer is determined to create a different vibe when the show returns in December as she believes modelling is no longer just about taking a picture.

She explained: "I'm not here to tell them what to do. I'm here to show them that they can do this, too. I'm an example of what you can achieve because it's worked.

"I don't think just taking a photo is enough anymore.

"We focus on how you're going to create a fan base on social media, how you're going to make people want to imitate you. That for me is the difference between somebody who's just a regular model and somebody who's a superstar."

Although Tyra - who has fronted the programme for 22 series - has now stepped away from the hosting duties, the 42-year-old model will still remain as executive producer.

And the brunette beauty recently claimed she had a say in who would replace her.

She said at the time: "I'm pumped to identify that person and bring back the show. 'Top Model' fans, you demanded that the show come back and VH1 answered the call. Get ready for a fierce-a-fied rebirth!"