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America’s Next Top Model: Tyra Banks Apologizes For Controversial Ad

August 16, 2010 12:00 PM by Nancy Floyd

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Tyra Banks came under fire this week for a controversial promo for the upcoming season of America’s Next Top Model. In the clip, an aspiring model, who is 6’2″ and claims to have the smallest waist in the world, is praised by Banks and her fellow Top Model judges. The ad has been stirring up controversy for Tyra Banks and the show for promoting unhealthy and unrealistic standards for women. Tyra Banks apologizes for the promo and the message it promotes…

Tyra Banks apologized today for a controversial America’s Next Top Model promo that’s been running on TV. The model, talk show host, and America’s Next Top Model judge is responding to the negative feedback that the ad has received in which a 6’2″ model with a waist small enough for a man’s hands to wrap around is praised by the judges.

“In an effort to create a fun and entertaining sneak peek of the upcoming cycle, America’s Next Top Model released a trailer that was edited in way that misconstrued our overarching message,” Tyra Banks said in a statement. “As a leader in celebrating and promoting healthy body image, I must admit that I regrettably didn’t see this clip before it was released to the public, (with multiple Top Model departments, it’s just impossible to review everything) but on behalf of the Top Model team, these were not the intentions, and we truly apologize for any confusion, anger or disappointment it may have caused.”

Although Tyra Banks is apologetic about the clip, she’s grateful for the response it has stirred up among the press, fans, and critics of the show. “The passionate response the trailer has evoked proves that the message to promote and celebrate all different — healthy and natural –- body types has resonated with our viewers and I’m so proud of every one of you who voiced your opinion and participated in this conversation,” Tyra Banks adds. “I have experienced body image scrutiny from one extreme to the next –- as an awkward, extremely thin pre-teen who couldn’t gain weight no matter what I did, to later being slammed by the media for my fuller, curvier frame.”

Tyra Banks also addresses the issue and model specifically in her statement. “During this season of Top Model, you will see that Ann (the woman featured in the trailer) provided another opportunity for me to support a young woman struggling with her own body image issues (she’s 6’2″; and is the receiver of countless stares and ridicule),” Tyra Banks says. “Helping young ladies, like Ann and countless others that have confided in me, furthers and supports my core mission.”

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