AceShowbiz - Tyra Banks has some explaining to do. The former "America's Next Top Model" host and judge is under fire after an old clip from season six of the reality competition show resurfaces online, featuring her alleged problematic behavior.
The clip was brought to attention by Twitter user @OladapoAisha, who posted it on her account on Tuesday, May 5. In the video, Tyra advised contestant Danielle Evans to close the gap in her front teeth.
"So, Danielle, you went to the dentist, but you refused to have your gap closed. Do you really think you can a have a covergirl contract with a gap in your mouth?" Tyra said, to which Danielle optimistically responded, "Yes. Why not?"
While pointing at her own teeth, Tyra explained, "This is all people see. It's easy, breezy, beautiful covergirl. It's not marketable." Danielle then said, "Just a little bit is okay, but I don't wanna completely close it."
Judge and runway coach J. Alexander chimed in, "Well, I guess she just left the gap wide open for another girl, baby." Despite that, Danielle ended up winning the season.
"Why was this allowed to air wtf Tyra banks is going to straight hell," Oladapo captioned the footage, which quickly set the tongues wagging. Some people on the blue bird app noted that some other professional models also have gap tooth. " 'It's not marketable.' Meanwhile Georgia May Jagger has a big a** gap tooth and is one the main faces for Rimmel Woozy face," one person stated.
"@tyrabanks is really trash. It's like she started this show to intentionally treat these young woman in such a horrible way... the same way she thought [Naomi Campbell] treated her. She gave herself the authority to treat these women like trash and had judges who backed her up. Smh," added another fan.
Meanwhile, a user alleged, "In another season Tyra actually makes a girl's tooth gap LARGER. Tyra is insane." Someone else recalled when Tyra "really force a girl to go nude on camera for an AUDITION. And had Janiece of all people (who accused [Bill] Cosby for sexual assault )TO BACK HER UP AS A JUDGEFlushed faceFlushed faceFlushed faceTHE IRONY OF IT ALL."
Tyra has yet to respond to the criticism.