REAL Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey has defended her fellow model Tyra Banks, after there was a backlash to “offensive” comments she made in resurfaced clips of America’s Next Top Model.
Cynthia said she has a “lot of respect” for Tyra, despite the remarks.
“I love Tyra,” she told Page Six on Friday. “We actually came up together and I’ve always had a lot of respect for her and still do.
“I think some of the things she said to the models could’ve been taken out of context, but one thing I know about Tyra is she’s definitely a pioneer in this industry.”
It comes after the host was slammed by fans after an America’s Next Top Model clip resurfaced which featured the star making fun of a contestant’s gapped teeth.
In the video, Tyra told Dany cover girls don’t have gaps, and therefore, she should have it closed.
Tyra Banks made fun of a model’s gapped teeth in cycle 6[/caption]
Tyra told Danielle, in the clip of the show: “So Danielle, you went to the dentist but refused to have your gap closed. Do you really think you can have a Cover Girl contract with the gap in your mouth? … It’s not marketable.”
Despite the judges’ criticism, the same model ended up winning the title of America’s Next Top Model in the season finale.
Bailey told Page Six that as a former model, she understands both sides.
She said: “When I first started modeling I had buck teeth and I had a gap and I closed it. I’ve worked more when it was closed, I was fine with it.”
Danielle Evans was refusing to close her gap[/caption]
Fans are still mad over the incident years later[/caption]
Tyra told Danielle that her gap could make her lose the competition[/caption]
She added: “I had a boob job when I turned 40…You have to do what you need to do to be successful.”
Dany did actually get her gap closed partially and she went on to win the season.
Fans were still mad 14 years later that Tyra pushed to make Danielle change, until the aspiring model had no other choice but to agree.
Fans weren’t happy for Tyra telling Danielle to close her gap[/caption]
One fan pointed out the irony of Tyra’s opinion[/caption]
One fan wrote: “I have a gap, so does my mom. It’s unique and a sign of beauty.
“Also, how many famous models have gaps?! Tyra really tried it.”
Another one chimed in and called the moment “brutal,” while another one said: “American models had gaps in the 70s and 80s, sis.
“Your take is wrong. It isn’t about the British or American beauty industry.”
America’s Next Top Model ran for 22 seasons and had model Twiggy, runway coach Ms. Jay and photographer Neil Barker as judges[/caption]
Tyra was the host and executive producers of the show[/caption]
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During another episode in 2009, contestants on the reality competition posed for a bi-racial Hawaiian photoshoot.
The models had dark make up painted over their natural skin tone as they posed for a Got Milk? campaign.
“Since we’re talking about Tyra Banks.. remember that episode where she made the women do a “bi-racial” photo shoot????????” One person questioned.
Many models were first discovered on the show – including Bailey’s Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Eva Marcille.
America’s Next Top Model ran for 24 seasons and ended in 2018.