Jay Manuel Exposed Tyra Banks’ Ridiculous Behaviour On America’s Next Top Model
As anyone who faithfully watched America’s Next Top Model knows, the iconic show sometimes went over border offensive and problematic (but we were all too young and naive to fully grasp the situation)—but now, creative director Jay Manuel is opening up about his take on it.
During an interview with Variety, Jay said he was “scared to speak up” during particularly iffy ANTM episodes and referenced specific moments that made him uncomfortable—including when Tyra discouraged contestant Kim Stolz to speak freely about being gay. “These girls are coached to speak their truth and tell Tyra who they are, and then Tyra said that, so it seemed a bit unfair. You can see it on that model’s face, like, Wait a minute, I was told to say everything about myself, and now you’re telling me to not say this?”
In Cycle 4, it was a photo shoot where the girls had to swap races. I was so, so, so uncomfortable with this
And then there was the Cycle 4 photoshoot where contestants had to “swap races,” which Jay says he was completely not on board with, “It was very uncomfortable for me, in Cycle 4, it was a photo shoot where the girls had to swap races,” he said. “I was so, so, so uncomfortable with this. I was never scripted for my intros or anything, and I didn’t know how I was going to be able to set this up—I was so afraid that I would wear this because I was the creative director, but it was not my idea. That swapped race was a layer added in. It was supposed to be a different concept. I remember that very, very clearly. I was basically told that I had to execute the creative, and it made me very uncomfortable.”
However, Tyra recently addressed the the situation after soooo many ANTM clips resurfaced on the internet, and even admitted to making some questionable choices, saying, “Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you.”
— Andriana (@andjeffries) May 9, 2020
Wow ANTM was racist af. Judges telling Yaya that she "looks like she's about to ride a giraffe" and her "African-ness is overbearing". How was Tyra Banks okay with this? She had a damn Afro herself. pic.twitter.com/4pd2HUMpxJ
— pizza.diva (@PizzaDiva4) May 11, 2020
I’m going back to the ANTM discussion about Tyra Banks being the antagonist…Season 7, Episode 9
Contestant Jaeda was forced to work with a racist male model & KISS him. Tyra was informed & DID NOTHING.
— Whats His Favorite Word: “Bitch 🗣” (@Reb1rth_57) May 7, 2020
This is what Tyra had to say. Oh and by the way, Jay and Tyra are no longer friends. We’re not surprised!
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. ❤️
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) May 9, 2020