America’s Next Top Model is one of the most contentious reality TV shows in recent memory. Reality television is known for airing some of the most dramatic moments, but this particular show has received a lot of backlash, prompting fans to wonder if the ‘reality’ of this television program is perhaps a little too negative.
The majority of the issues have pointed to Tyra Banks as the source of the problem, and contestants have been quick to reveal that their time on the show was far from pleasant or glamorous. In fact, there have been numerous scandals and accusations flying around about what happened on set, and they reveal the show’s dark elements that are never captured or presented to the general public.
Despite being 17 years old, “America’s Next Top Model” has recently gained attention for its problematic messaging about race, sexual orientation, and body image.
Many people realized after rewatching “ANTM” that the show, which was supposed to uplift women and provide them with opportunities to achieve their dreams, was doing the exact opposite. They began to identify the most contentious “ANTM” tweets, and many of them involved Banks.
On Cycle 5, for example, the host discussed being too open about her sexuality with LGBTQ contestant Kim Stolz.
“I’m gay, and I’m really proud of it,” Stolz told Banks.
The host replied, “I think there’s a certain thing of being proud. Like, I’m black and proud, you know what I mean? But I’m not walking down the red carpet: ‘I’m black. I’m black.'”
Danielle Evans, the cycle 6 winner, drew attention for her on-air confrontation with Banks, who chastised her for refusing to close the gap in her teeth.
“Do you really think you can have a CoverGirl contract with a gap in your mouth?” Banks posed the question to her in front of a panel of judges before explaining that the gap was not a “marketable” feature.
America’s Next Top Model wouldn’t survive today for multiple reasons. Nowadays, people are more analytical and have started setting standards of how they want to be treated. In today’s cancel culture, a TV host can never openly discriminate against LGBTQ, people of color, or body shame. No wonder why the show was discontinued.