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Tyra Banks Responds To Top Model Controversy

Submitted by on August 18, 2010 – 5:58 pm10 Comments

After the trailer for Tyra Banks‘s America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 15) hit the air, the Internet was abuzz with all types of people upset about the unhealthy body image she appeared to be supporting. Here stood a tall, skinny girl, with a waist so small Mrs. Jay could put his hands around it and have his fingers touch. And then there was Tyra saying, “there’s something about her that I like!” Yikes!

Controversy ensued; editors and bloggers alike were puzzled, to say the least, on the body image ANTM was reporting. I mean, was Tyra saying it was okay to be so small? Is America’s Next Top Model and The CW using selective editing to make Tyra seem to say it was okay? Or was this just a PR tactic to bring attention back to a show that has long overstayed it’s welcome? Whatever it is, Tyra took to her blog to clear it all up in this statement:

First and foremost, I want to give a personal shout-out to each and every one of you who spoke out and took a stance on the Top Model Cycle 15 teaser trailer that was released last week.  My life’s mission is to expand the definition of beauty—EVERY kind of beauty! This is one of the reasons I created America’s Next Top Model just 8 years and 15 Cycles ago…since then we’ve challenged all different stereotypes of beauty with race, weight, height and beyond.  The overwhelming response sparked by the Top Model trailer shows that the overarching message of the show—to accept and celebrate all types of beauty—is reaching and affecting our viewers.  I knew I had to address this once I realized that this message was on the line.

On behalf of the entire Top Model team, I am truly sorry for the style in which the Top Model promo clip was presented. Like all of my projects, I am extremely involved in “America’s Next Top Model” from casting the final contestants to conceptualizing the episode challenges, but with all the work and details that go into producing a TV show, I can’t be 100 places at once (although I try), but it’s just impossible for me to see everything that’s created before it’s released to all of you!  That being said I can assure you—that cut has been removed from the CW airwaves, and the message conveyed in that video was NOT intentional, and is certainly not Top Model- or Tyra-approved.  The Top Model team is extremely talented and truly enjoys creating fun, engaging promos and episodes for you. The team really wants to entertain you, while promoting and embracing multiple forms of beauty. Sometimes in the quest to have fun in a limited amount of time, especially in a 20-second promo, our overarching message can be misconstrued, and in this case it most certainly was.

Just in case you missed the video that has everyone losing their minds, here it is:

And you can read the rest of Tyra’s statement on her official website.

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