TYRA BANKS CATCHES BACKLASH FOR TELLING A MODEL TO CLOSE HER GAP IN RESURFACED ‘AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL’ CLIP
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
The internet never forgets!
A resurfaced clip from Tyra Banks’ reality TV competition show America’s Next Top Model has the former talk show host and model in hot water with fans. In a 2003 clip from ANTM’s first season, Tyra tells model Danielle Evans that a gap in her teeth is “not marketable” and fans want Tyra and one of the judges from her panel posse, Jay Alexander, to answer for the problematic behavior.
Some fans went on to highlight unfair treatment towards black models, specifically dark-skinned models.
Whilst there’s been a lot of talk about Tyra’s tyranny on ANTM in recent years, there was absolutely a specific type of regulation, silencing and policing that was directed towards Black women on the show, and dark skinned Black women in particular. https://t.co/oXvM6FYAvW
Sometimes I randomly remember that Tyra Banks publicly berated a poor dark skinned Black woman on her internationally syndicated TV show for not performing disappointment and grief in a way that was palatable to her and labelled this humiliation as an act of “love”
Other fans were not here for Tyra’s hypocrisy when in cycles later, she had a white model widen her gap to make her more marketable.
The irony and hypocrisy of this is a few years later, they had a white model with a gap and Tyra sent to have her gap WIDENED because she considered it “quirky” and “edgy.”
— Black Women Don’t Get Mad-WE VOTE the Diva 🌊🌊🌊 (@AuthorNNBrown) May 5, 2020
A quote from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty muse and fashion model, Slick Woods, has resurfaced with her views on Tyra Banks. Best known for her trademark gap, Woods doesn’t believe Tyra paved the way for her at all.
& Slick Woods was the ONLY PERSON i could think of when Tyra Banks told that girl she had a gap! Slick made it farrrrrrrr honey w her gap https://t.co/R45OiQfL9n