It’s been four years since America’s Next Top Model came back from the dead briefly after the show reached its 22-season run. With no more cycles to see, it’s time for old fans to reflect on the outrageous moments that happened on the show that wouldn’t be allowed today. A trending controversy circulating is a TikTok compilation video of how former host Tyra Banks and the rest of the judges on America’s Next Top Model manipulated a contestant who was considered “plus size” on the show.
There’s a TikTok compilation video going around the #tyrabanks tag that begins with the caption “Most appalling behavior on ANTM…the abuse of the first ‘plus size’ model.” In Season 1, Robin, then 26, was seen by Tyra Banks as a “plus-size” model. Banks said the problem she had with Robin was that she wasn’t “plus-size on top, and on the bottom she is.” Judge and ex-model Janice Dickerson said Robin was “out of the way of being a top model” and the next top model won’t be plus-size. Full-scale The actress hit back at Dickerson and the other judges for their offensive comments, saying she wished Robin’s upper and lower body matched “better” in size.
The video later showed Banks criticizing Robin’s wardrobe choice for a photoshoot as she wore a sarong over her bikini bottom. Banks asked Robin if she covered up all the time so no one was looking at her hips. Robin left in tears, and the old America’s Got Talent the host kept asking if she was crying. Other judges said Robin was “too old” to start modeling and there was no market for plus sizes in France. Although the judges were put off by Robin’s body shape, they weren’t happy when she didn’t provide them with a nude photo despite her reasoning that she wasn’t comfortable. Eventually, Robin was asked to leave.
A number of comments on this TikTok video expressed sympathy for Robin and a lot of hate for the former Victoria’s Secret model. The comments would say that they were shocked that the judges considered this season 1 contestant to be plus size and that they got her so dirty. Other TikTok users felt that Tyra Banks’ behavior was “unacceptable” and that she should have stood up for Robin because she was in her place before during the days when she started out as a model.
A few years ago, Tyra Banks admitted America’s Next Top Model made mistakes, in that in making sure these girls would get jobs, she would tell them what they needed to change about their appearance. But now she thinks if there was anything that needed to be “fixed” with any of the girls, that feedback should have been given after that contestant won. With that in mind, maybe this TV personality would have treated Robin differently had this show been made today or would have shut down whoever shamed any contestant.
As of now, Tyra Banks is working as new replacement host for Dancing with the stars for Dancing with the stars. Whether America’s Next Top Model were to return for more cycles, chances are the show will be more inclusive for people of different shapes and sizes. You can watch this supermodel host Dancing with the stars September 19. Until then, check out other shows you can keep your eyes peeled for fall 2022 tv schedule.