Long have fans asked creator and host Tyra Banks to have a male version of the show, and next year, America's Next Top Model will allow male models to compete.

Yesterday, Tyra Banks, who acts as producer and host of the modelling show, and The CW network both announced that the 20th cycle of the reality competition will be unisex.

Both male and female models will live together while competing to take home to top prize.

A statement read 'Also in Cycle 20, [US] viewers will continue to have a direct impact on the competition by voting for their favorite models though social media, helping decide who gets eliminated and who stays in the running to becoming America’s Next Top Model'.

Fans have called on the former supermodel to host an all-male version of the female-only competition for a number of years. Banks recently hired male supermodel Rob Evans for the judging panel for cycle 19, as well as bringing in style blogger BryanBoy and a new male creative director Jonny Wujek. All three are expected to return next year, alongside PR guru Kelly Cutrone.

The show will air on US screens during summer of 2013