Tyra Banks addresses problematic moments on America's Next Top Model

Published 09 May, 2020 01:21pm

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Fans took to Twitter to recall how the show was intrusive, cruel and racist among other things.

After running for 13 years and 24 cycles, America's Next Top Model has once again come under scrutiny as old clips from the competition started resurfacing on social media.

Fashion model and host Tyra Banks, was criticised for the insensitive and downright cruel treatment of some of the models on her show.

Addressing the backlash, she took to Twitter to acknowledge her past mistakes.

"Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you. Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs," the supermodel posted.

Joining the discourse was Cycle 23 contestant Tatiana Elizabeth who was grateful people were finally noticing.

She wrote, "ANTM is so problematic in so many ways lol but I don’t really speak on it online, but I’m happy people are starting to notice little “off” things about the show and bring it to light, Because every time one of us speak on our experience we get called ungrateful."

A handful of moments that particularly raised eyebrows included how during Cycle 8, Banks was seen forcing a model to take part in a photoshoot at the graveyard only days after learning her friend had passed away.

In another instance, she had imitated a contestant for not willing to fill the gap in her teeth.

"Do you really think you can have a Covergirl contract with a gap in your mouth?" She questioned. "It’s easy, breezy, beautiful, Covergirl. It’s not marketable."

Under the guise of a motherly figure, the Sports Illustrated Covergirl made participants visibly uncomfortable.

In a 2009 photoshoot, participants were made to change their appearances on a trip to Hawaii, to seem darker than they were. Tyra was criticised for being bi-racial.

After winning Cycle 17 of the show, model Angela Preston was stripped away of her title and forced to re-shoot the finale after producers learnt of her past where she formerly worked as an escort. She tried suing the supermodel for $3 million, but failed.

Winnie Harlow, a current Victoria Secret angel also opened up about the show after her uncomfortable exit. She said the season did nothing to boost her career.

“I thought that was going to be a career starter, but it was really like a reality TV show... That's not what I signed up for."

People believe the show was violating, problematic and racist among other things.

There is currently no news of a possible renewal.