In one clip, which has been viewed more than 6 million times, the two appeared to critique contestant Robbyne Manning’s body size while mulling over her fate.
“Are we shooting for the large size category?” Dickinson asked Banks, to which she responded, “Um, yes, Robbyne would represent a plus-size model.”
“One problem that I do have with Robbyne, I think on the top she’s not plus-size and on the bottom, she is,” Banks continued.
“Robbyne’s out as far as I’m concerned about being a supermodel,” Dickinson said, explaining, “America’s next top model is not a plus-size model.”
“I just wish her upper body was bigger and matched her lower body better,” Banks concluded.
The video quickly garnered thousands of comments, with one person writing: “Didn’t realize how toxic this show was.”
A second said: “I can’t believe I grew up watching it obsessed with it, not realizing how damaging it was to one’s self esteem.”
“I’m glad that America’s Next Top Model trash is off the air. I checked it out a couple times, but I wasn’t a fan,” a third chimed in. “I either didn’t know or forgot how they treated people.”
Fans also pointed out the “horrendous” treatment of Black contestant Kelle Jacob over her complexion.
When comparing both her retouched and unretouched images in a separate clip, Dickinson said, “It’s like a Hitchcock film!”, before she appeared to make “monkey sounds,” some social media users alleged.
“I don’t know what’s more disturbing about this clip; the white woman imitating monkey sounds & Tyra just letting her/ the look of hurt on Kelle’s [face],” one commenter said.
“And then they ask Kelle why she’s feeling so down… How about because Janice-f***ing-Dickinson was just completely shaming her ‘natural’ look with vile, racist monkey sounds??” someone else fumed. “Tyra knew—she shot Janice a look—but said and did nothing… except tell Kelle that she was wrong.”
At the time of publication, the footage had been watched more than 785,000 times.
Despite backlash, several still defended the former ANTM judges, reminding viewers that the show occurred a long time ago.
“I’m so tired of the fake outrage people are directing at Tyra Banks over stuff she’s said or done 20 years ago,” they tweeted. “Please move on.”
Another commenter said “don’t come for Tyra again,” after sharing a different scene from the long-running series.
“I think that you guys are the problem with America,” Banks told her fellow judges. “I think you are the problem of why women are leaning over the toilets at this very moment and vomiting after they’ve eaten. Or taken laxatives after they’ve eaten. The full-figured market’s changing.”
Banks previously admitted that there were “a whole bunch of things” the show “messed up” while on the air.
“I was trying to push boundaries but was also torn to try to make sure that these girls could work, so it was a balance,” the mom of one—who shares son York Banks Asla with ex Erik Asla—said during an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show in September 2020. “It was like, ‘Oh, break beauty barriers,’ but yeah, I can break them all I want on the show, but they’ll graduate from the show, and they won’t work.”
America’s Next Top Model premiered in 2003 and ran for 24 seasons.
Newsweek reached out to Banks and Dickinson’s representatives for comment.
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