Tyra Banks is responding to claims that she was insensitive and sometimes cruel to contestants on America’s Next Top Model(ANTM) but she’s not apologizing.
After a series of clips from long ago from ANTM cycles re-surfaced and went viral, some viewers expressed their feelings towards judge and host Tyra Banks for what they saw as cruelty towards contestants and insensitive challenges.
On May 8, Tyra responded to the criticism and backlash that caused her name and ANTM to trend on twitter but the supermodel did not apologize for her behavior.
“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”. She tweeted along with a red heart emoji.
In one of the shared clips ,Banks is heard telling contestant Danielle “Dani” Evans that she needs to close the gap between her teeth to progress in the modelling industry, She questioned Dani If she thought she would make it as a cover girl with a gap.
“So Danielle you went to the dentist but you refused to have your gap closed? ” ,”Do you really think you can have a cover girl contract with a gap in your mouth ?….”It’s not marketable ”
The judges of the show proceeded to say that Danielle’s decision to not close her gap is her way of suggesting that she wants someone else to occupy her space in the competition.
“Why was this allowed to air wtf Tyra Banks is going straight to hell” twitter user Aisha Oladapo captioned the throwback clip which gained over 2,5 million views on twitter.
Other twitter users also shared some moments and clips from previous cycle seasons which they felt were mean and shaming and I honestly believe that Tyra should have apologized for how she mistreated some contestants and also to show remorse for what she had done.