Tyra Banks Responds to Recent Backlash over Controversial America's Next Top Model Clips

Chelsey Sanchez
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From Harper's BAZAAR

  • After old, controversial scenes from America's Next Top Model went viral online, former host Tyra Banks addressed the intense criticism.
  • On Twitter, the supermodel wrote that she agrees with those expressing concern and appreciates the "honest feedback" she has received.
  • In one clip, Banks and the reality competition show's judges pressure a contestant to close the gap in her teeth, implying that she wouldn't be able to get a CoverGirl contract otherwise.

After several controversial clips from America's Next Top Model went viral on Twitter, supermodel and host Tyra Banks responded to the criticism.

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

In one of the viral clips, Banks and the panel of judges pressure 2006 contestant Danielle Evans to close the gap in her teeth in order to gain more widespread success as a model.

"So, Danielle, you went to the dentist, but you refused to have your gap closed," Banks says to the budding model in the clip. "Do you really think you can have a CoverGirl contract with a gap in your mouth?"

"Yes, why not?" Evans replies.

"This is all people see," Banks retorts, putting a finger between her two front teeth. "Easy, breezy, beautiful, CoverGirl. It's not marketable."

Evans, now a model represented by Elite, has also responded to the resurfaced material. In an Instagram video, she says, "This is not a video to discuss my relationship with Tyra. This is a video for me to speak my truth and provide clarity."

She goes on to say that she understands the weight that Banks's words potentially had on girls who watched the show at the time, but explains that looks are not what make one beautiful.

"You're beautiful, and I'm not talking about a physical feature," she says. "It doesn't matter if you have a gap, stacked teeth, straight teeth, it matters not. It doesn't matter if you're Black, Brown, white, indifferent, other, it doesn't matter. What makes you beautiful is in here."

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