Tyra Banks Addresses Recent ‘ANTM’ Controversy: What We Did Was Wrong, I Apologized
A clip from cycle 6 where she chastised a contestant, Danielle Evans, for not closing her gap, resurfaced and went viral recently.
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
— jade bentil (@divanificent) May 5, 2020
Now, she’s speaking out about it again stating:
“Yes, I apologized for it. Because we put it out and even me just watching it after, I was like, ‘Oh, this ain’t right.’ We felt like our skin is beautiful, let’s paint the world our color. And then when we saw it, we were like, ‘Oh no, this excuses other people to do this in a negative way.'”
“We realized that, and I went on my talk show and did an entire segment on what we did. What we did was wrong, and we apologized for it. But not everybody saw that. There’s a whole new generation of people that didn’t grow up with my show and didn’t see that.”
Danielle Evans, who ultimately closed her gap slightly but not all the way, also responded to the clip making its way back into the spotlight. She said on Instagram:
“I had a laser-focused goal, nothing or no one was going to stand in my way. It wasn’t about copping out. It was about understanding what really carried weight and holds value in my life and teeth was not one of them.”
To the “young queens” affected by the clip, she stated:
“If I could love on all of you right now, I would. I want to remind you of your worth. You’re a masterpiece, you’re so loved, you’re adored and you’re beautiful.”
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