Tyra Banks has accomplished a lot in her career. She worked with Janice Dickinson, Kimora Lee Simmons and Paulina Porizkova––and lived to NOT talk about. She stared down the barrel of a canon known as Naomi Campbell, explained the concept of Gay-for-Pay to an audience of confused women, and then single-handedly cured bullying by donning an overweight suit. And yet the Nobel Prize committee continually overlooks her each year. What does a certified woman in business™ have to do to get some respect? Well, it isn’t this.
Tyra has addressed the recent examples of her saying and doing messy things on America’s Next Top Model back in the early-aughts.
Last week, Twitter users, who may not even have been born yet when ANTM began in 2003, shook their heads at old clips of Yaya DaCosta bein forced to apologize to a traditional African hat after she refused to wear it, Tyra criticizing eventual cycle 6 winner Danielle Evans for not having the gap in her teeth closed (and then insisted on GIVING a cycle 9 contestant a more prominent gap between HER teeth), and Tyra making cycle 4 runner-up Kahlen Rondot pose for a photo while in a coffin––the day after her best friend died.
Well, according to E!, Tyra has finally broken her silence––and, turns out, she hears you. In a tweet posted to her official account yesterday, Tyra addressed the criticism, acknowledged the history of insensitivity, and sent love and virtual hugs out into crowds.
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. ❤️
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) May 9, 2020
Yes, the early 2000s were a mess––just look at any awards show red carpet before 2011. But I think just about everybody has a handful of fuckery from their public pasts that they’d like to scrub clean from modern eyeballs. Tyra admitted poor judgment, which is more than most fashion people have done or will ever do. But she also didn’t care enough to throw out a faux apology. Well now, she needs to get back online and explain the real reason Lindsay Lohan wasn’t a part of Life-Size 2?