AceShowbiz - Tyra Banks trended on Twitter. The model, however, became a hot topic on the internet for the wrong reasons after one of the former contestants on "America's Next Top Model", which Tyra serves as a judge, revealed how much the wannabe models got paid to be on the show.
"$40 a day, no residuals, and we had to pay for food," plus-size model Sarah Hartshorne shocked her followers with her candid reveal on the social media. She added, "They catered one or two meals on elimination day and at photo shoots but most of our meals we bought with our $40 stipend."
Sarah's posts sparked debates online. Some slammed Tyra Banks for being exploitative and felt sympathy for the contestants while others insisted the terms were obviously written in the contracts and the aspiring models only had themselves to blame for signing them.
Sarah defended her decision not to quit the show despite the shockingly-low paycheck, explaining the legal repercussions the contestants were facing if they left in the middle of the show.
She wrote, "Actually, we signed a contract that said we had to stay. We could break it but you couldn't just, like, walk out. There were handlers and security and lawyers who threatened us with million dollar lawsuits if we didn't abide by the contract."
Tyra Banks is no stranger to "ANTM" criticisms. She was previously called out after a clip of her scolding cycle six winner Danielle Evans when the aspiring model refused to undergo reconstructive dental work in order to become "more marketable" resurfaced.
Tyra admitted she was wrong and apologized, "Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you. Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs."
However, neither she nor her representative responded to the latest controversy.