'America's Next Top Model' goes dark in spooky group swimsuit shot

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Image Credit: The CW

A lost work of Salvador Dalí? A post-apocalyptic swimwear campaign, paid for by Capitol Couture? A promotional image for an ill-fated reality show called Sexy Mass Grave Island?

Nope—the photo above is an exclusive group shot from The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, which begins its 21st (!) cycle later this month. The photo itself was inspired by a fashion shoot that ANTM creator/executive producer/host/dictator for life Tyra Banks found on model Tiara Young‘s Instagram: “I am obsessed with Instagram and came across this picture of this model/models intertwined with each other,” she tells EW via email. “I thought the sensuality and calmness was extra interesting and immediately thought of my male & female models being intertwined like this. It just popped into my head.”

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Image Credit: Meinke Klein for HUSK magazine

As you can see from the picture, the new season—like the series’ milestone cycle 20—will feature both male and female pot ledoms smizing their hearts out, tooching their booties, and flurping their snorts (or whatever new delightful nonsense Tyra comes up with this time around). It’ll also feature one very welcome prodigal judge: Miss J. Alexander, a fixture on the show for its first 18 seasons. (He hasn’t served on the series’ main judging panel since Cycle 13 in 2009.) “His name says it all. I’ve missed Miss J. and am elated he’s back,” Banks said in a statement. “I know Top Model fans will rejoice!”

ANTM returns Monday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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