I love ANTM. LOVE it. And here is why: Tyra Banks is an excellent mentor.
1. She never holds back on blunt reality
2. She doesn't let favoritism bias her judgement, she takes every performance at value
3. She never gives a harsh critique without also offering a specific example of how to do better
4. She makes decisions according to what needs to happen rather than what will make people like her
So whatever people might say about talk shows, models, patriarchy and the like: this lady takes what there is to work with and does business. Does it well, and while giving as many straight-talking legs up as she can in that business.