Something to ‘smize’ about? Tyra Banks responds to Top Model ‘insensitivity’ criticism

Never one to be silent for long, former supermodel Tyra Banks has responded to criticisms regarding ‘insensitive’ blunders on America’s Next Top Model, the popular television show she created.

In a tweet yesterday, Banks said “Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you,” the model, 46, tweeted on Friday, May 8. “Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs.”

In a series of video clips being shared online, Banks’ treatment of some models on her show has come under fire, with some people calling her out for being callous.

In one video, Banks asks contestant Dani Evans why she has not closed the gap in her teeth, continuing “Do you really think you can have a CoverGirl contract with a gap in your mouth?”

Evans replied “Yes, why not?”  to which Tyra replies “This is all people see. It’s easy, breezy, beautiful CoverGirl. It’s not marketable.”

Dani agreed to partially close the gap and went on to become the eventual winner, but the Cycle 6 six moment re-emerged, prompting Evans to reply on her Instagram page Thursday with “Nothing or no one was going to stand in my way. And it wasn’t about copping out, it was about understanding what really carries weight and holds value in my life — and teeth wasn’t one of them.”