America’s Next Top Model’s most controversial moments: From Tyra Banks telling a lesbian model to tone down her sexuality to a contestant being asked to dress like an ELEPHANT after she gained weight

  • America’s Next Top Model was wildly popular throughout the early 2000s, however, the show has recently come under fire after a slew of controversial statements made by host Tyra were brought to light
  • The series – which aired from May 2003 to April 2018 – saw a group of young, aspiring models compete in various contests, runway shows, and photoshoots in an attempt to earn a modeling contract
  • In recent years, many people have pointed out that the modeling competition contained some ‘problematic’ moments – including one photoshoot, which involved the models using makeup to look like other ethnicities
  • Most recently, a clip resurfaced that showed Tyra branding a model, who was a size six, as ‘plus-size.’ One judge even called the contestant ‘fat’ and ‘huge’ – leaving many people on the web disgusted 
  • Another time, the show forced a deaf contestant to pose in complete darkness, which meant he couldn’t see his translator and had no way to communicate using sign language 
  • A different controversial clip showed a contestant being asked to dress like an elephant after the judges told her she had gained some weight, while another saw a contestant being force to get rid of the gap in her teeth

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Robin Manning (seen above in the show) was repeatedly put down by the former supermodel and her panel of fashion experts when she appeared in the modeling series back in 2003

Robin Manning (seen above in the show) was repeatedly put down by the former supermodel and her panel of fashion experts when she appeared in the modeling series back in 2003
Tyra came under fire after a clip that showed her and and her co-judge Janice Dickinson branding the size six contestant as 'plus-size,' 'fat,' and 'huge' during season one went viral on TikTok recently

Tyra came under fire after a clip that showed her and and her co-judge Janice Dickinson branding the size six contestant as ‘plus-size,’ ‘fat,’ and ‘huge’ during season one went viral on TikTok recently
Janice stated that Robin was 'fat' and 'huge' and that she 'is not going to be a top model' but rather, looks like she could be a car model instead. Robin is pictured in the show

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Janice stated that Robin was ‘fat’ and ‘huge’ and that she ‘is not going to be a top model’ but rather, looks like she could be a car model instead. Robin is pictured in the show

Tyra recently came under fire after a clip that showed her and and her co-judge Janice Dickinson branding a size six contestant as ‘plus-size,’ ‘fat,’ and ‘huge’ during season one went viral on TikTok.

Robin Manning was repeatedly put down by the former supermodel and her panel of fashion experts when she appeared in the show back in 2003.

‘Are we shooting for the large size category?’ Janice asked, while looking at a picture of Robin – who was 27 years old at the time – during a clip from the audition process of the show, which was filmed and showcased in the first episode.

‘Yes, Robin would represent a plus-size model,’ Tyra explained, adding, ‘One problem that I do have is that on the top she’s not plus-sized, and on the bottom she is.’

Janice then expressed her immediate dislike for the model. She stated, ‘Robin’s out, as far as I’m concerned about being a supermodel. The next America’s Next Top Model is not a plus sized model, I’m sorry.’

Later on in the episode, Janice continued to pile on the insults, stating that Robin was ‘fat’ and ‘huge’ and that she ‘is not going to be a top model’ but rather, looks like she could be a car model instead.

Tyra seemed to be more empathetic, and in a separate clip, she clapped back at Janice for her comments – claiming that she was ‘the problem with America.’

She said: ‘I think you are the problem of why women are leaning over the toilets at this very moment and vomiting after they’ve eaten.’

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Later on in the season Tyra made Robin - who ended up coming in fourth place in the competition - cry when she slammed her for covering up her hips

Later on in the season Tyra made Robin - who ended up coming in fourth place in the competition - cry when she slammed her for covering up her hips
Later on in the season Tyra made Robin – who ended up coming in fourth place in the competition – cry when she slammed her for covering up her hips
Many people were unhappy with the way that Robin was treated, with one person writing on Twitter, 'Tyra banks was literally the same size as the lady and she was still modeling so I don't understand why they kept saying plus size'
Many people were unhappy with the way that Robin was treated, with one person writing on Twitter, ‘Tyra banks was literally the same size as the lady and she was still modeling so I don’t understand why they kept saying plus size’

However, later on in the season Tyra made Robin – who ended up coming in fourth place in the competition – cry when she slammed her for covering up her hips.

Many people were unhappy with the way that Robin was treated, with one person writing on Twitter, ‘Tyra banks was literally the same size as the lady and she was still modeling so I don’t understand why they kept saying plus size.’

‘Whole d**n show was a hate crime against women’s bodies,’ said someone else, while a third user added, ‘Didn’t realize how toxic this show was.’

It turns out, this isn’t the only time that models were slammed by the judges for their bodies throughout the show.  Contestant Keenyah Hill, from season four, was accused of having an unhealthy diet and was told to lose weight during her time in the series.

Then, during one challenge, the models were assigned animals to portray, and some viewers were uncomfortable when Keenyah was given an elephant.

‘Everybody else has these sexy little animals. I get to be the big, fat elephant. Ugh… What is going on?’ Keenyah asked in a clip of the show.

Contestant Keenyah Hill (pictured), from season four, was accused by the judges of having an unhealthy diet and was told to lose weight during her time in the show. She was then asked to pose like an elephant

Contestant Keenyah Hill (pictured), from season four, was accused by the judges of having an unhealthy diet and was told to lose weight during her time in the show. She was then asked to pose like an elephant
Additionally, for a seven deadly sins challenge, she was assigned gluttony and was told to pose in a coffin while eating donuts and covered in bacon grease. She is seen during the shoot

Additionally, for a seven deadly sins challenge, she was assigned gluttony and was told to pose in a coffin while eating donuts and covered in bacon grease. She is seen during the shoot

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'Remember on Top Model when Tyra kept telling Keenyah she needed to lose weight and then they made her be the elephant for the animal shoot? 2005, dude. What a time,' someone wrote recently while reflecting on the show

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‘Remember on Top Model when Tyra kept telling Keenyah she needed to lose weight and then they made her be the elephant for the animal shoot? 2005, dude. What a time,’ someone wrote recently while reflecting on the show

Additionally, for a seven deadly sins challenge, she was assigned gluttony and was told to pose in a coffin while eating donuts and covered in bacon grease.

Fast forward to cycle 12, Lauren 'London' Levi (pictured) was once told that she had gained weight and that she needed to 'take care' of it by photoshoot director Jay Manuel

Fast forward to cycle 12, Lauren ‘London’ Levi (pictured) was once told that she had gained weight and that she needed to ‘take care’ of it by photoshoot director Jay Manuel

‘Remember on Top Model when Tyra kept telling Keenyah she needed to lose weight and then they made her be the elephant for the animal shoot and “gluttony” for the seven deadly sins shoot? 2005, dude. What a time,’ someone wrote on Twitter recently while reflecting on the show.

‘I’m pissed off thinking about how ANTM made Keenyah portray “gluttony” and dress as an elephant because Tyra and the judges thought she was “fat?”’ read another angry tweeted.

Fast forward to cycle 12, Lauren ‘London’ Levi was also told that she had gained weight and that she needed to ‘take care’ of it by photoshoot director Jay Manuel.

‘It’s just clear that you’re not taking care of your body,’ he told her. ‘As a model you’re expected to treat your body like a temple.’

The model later opened up about having an eating disorder while she was on the show, and said that Jay’s remarks made it worse.

The models did a photoshoot in which they had to portray different ethnicities

Season one contestant Ebony Haith (seen in the show) said she was unhappy after the stylist on the show was unable to cut the non-white women's hair during makeovers, so a black stylist had to be brought in instead

Season one contestant Ebony Haith (seen in the show) said she was unhappy after the stylist on the show was unable to cut the non-white women’s hair during makeovers, so a black stylist had to be brought in instead
Unsure how to handle her hair, Ebony (pictured) was left shaving it off with her own razor - which she bought at a CVS. She was eventually eliminated for having 'rough' skin during one of her photoshoots, which she said left her 'floored'

Unsure how to handle her hair, Ebony (pictured) was left shaving it off with her own razor – which she bought at a CVS. She was eventually eliminated for having ‘rough’ skin during one of her photoshoots, which she said left her ‘floored’

Weight wasn’t the only thing that Tyra and the other judges were accused of using against the models – at least five different black contestants told Insider back in April that they felt like they were criticized by the show’s staff due to their skin color.

During a season four photoshoot, the contestants had to embody different ethnicities using makeup and clothing - including East Indian, African American, and Eskimo - which sparked a lot of backlash for the show. One model is seen preparing for the shoot above

During a season four photoshoot, the contestants had to embody different ethnicities using makeup and clothing – including East Indian, African American, and Eskimo – which sparked a lot of backlash for the show. One model is seen preparing for the shoot above

Season one contestant Ebony Haith said she was unhappy after the stylist on the show was unable to cut the non-white women’s hair during makeovers, so a black stylist had to be brought in instead.

Unsure how to handle her hair, Ebony was left shaving it off with her own razor – which she bought at a CVS.

She was eventually eliminated for having ‘rough’ skin during one of her photoshoots, which she said left her ‘floored.’

She added: ‘I think at that moment, I felt like there was no compassion towards the plight of all of us, all the things we’ve been through.’

During a season four photoshoot, the contestants had to embody different ethnicities using makeup and clothing – including East Indian, African American, and Eskimo – which sparked a lot of backlash for the show.

One Twitter user called it ‘so problematic’ and another said it was ‘insanely racist.’

‘Me and a few girls were like, I don’t feel comfortable doing it,’ season four contestant Lluvy Gomez – who is Latina – recalled to Insider while discussing the shoot. ‘I was like, “This is not OK. This is straight-up blackface.”‘

She explained that she and the other models then voted on whether or not they’d bring their concerns up to producers, but decided not to in the end because the others said, ‘It’s Tyra’s idea, and Tyra is Black, so it’s fine.’

One Twitter user called it 'so problematic' and another said it was 'insanely racist'

One Twitter user called it ‘so problematic’ and another said it was ‘insanely racist’

Yaya DaCosta, who competed in season three, later wrote on social media in a now-deleted post that it ‘took a lot of work to heal’ after her time in the show. She was eliminated after judges said she tried too hard to ‘prove her African-ness.’

For a fashion challenge, Tyra had asked why she chose a cowboy hat over a kente-patterned kufi cap – which can be deemed stereotypical towards African culture.

In an effort to avoid conflict, Yaya explained that the cowboy hat was ‘more on the simple side compared to the other hats.’

‘Yaya, you’re, I feel, half African, half cowgirl,’ one of the judges quipped. ‘It looks like you’re about to ride a giraffe. I’m not feeling it.’

Another judge then asserted, ‘You have this intensity to prove your Africanness and I think that sometimes it’s overbearing. It’s just too much.’

Yaya DaCosta (pictured), who competed in season three, later wrote in a now-deleted post that it 'took a lot of work to heal' after judges said she tried too hard to 'prove her African-ness'

Yaya DaCosta (pictured), who competed in season three, later wrote in a now-deleted post that it ‘took a lot of work to heal’ after judges said she tried too hard to ‘prove her African-ness’
Additionally, fans felt cycle three's Kelle Jacob(seen in the show) was treated unfairly when judges criticized her for her skin after the models were challenged to pose for re-touched and un-touched photos

Additionally, fans felt cycle three’s Kelle Jacob(seen in the show) was treated unfairly when judges criticized her for her skin after the models were challenged to pose for re-touched and un-touched photos
While comparing the two pictures, Janice said it was 'like a Hitchcock film' and had them flip back and forth between the pictures while she jokingly made horror film sound effects. She is seen in her touched up photo

While comparing the two pictures, Janice said it was ‘like a Hitchcock film’ and had them flip back and forth between the pictures while she jokingly made horror film sound effects. She is seen in her touched up photo

'The way they treated Kelle was horrendous,' one person wrote on Twitter. 'I thought she was so beautiful and her complexion was amazing. But they broke her down'

‘The way they treated Kelle was horrendous,’ one person wrote on Twitter. ‘I thought she was so beautiful and her complexion was amazing. But they broke her down’

‘In response in trying to prove myself as an African, I did not choose that hat for the very specific reason that it’s very cliché,’ Yaya said in defense. ‘The fabric that it’s made from is very artificial and cheap. Very fake kente.’

Additionally, fans felt cycle three’s Kelle Jacob was treated unfairly when the judges criticized her for her skin after the models were challenged to pose for re-touched and un-touched photos.

While comparing the two pictures, Janice said it was ‘like a Hitchcock film’ and had them flip back and forth between the pictures while she jokingly made horror film sound effects.

‘The way they treated Kelle was horrendous,’ one person wrote on Twitter. ‘I thought she was so beautiful and her complexion was amazing. But they broke her down. Tyra definitely owes her an apology.’

Another said the incident made them ‘stop watching the show’ because they became ‘self conscious’ about how dark their skin was.

A winner was kicked off the show and had her title revoked after producers found out she was an escort – but she claimed they knew all along

Angelea Preston (pictured) won the 2011 All Stars season of America's Next Top Model but was stripped of the title because she had worked as an escort

Angelea Preston (pictured) won the 2011 All Stars season of America's Next Top Model but was stripped of the title because she had worked as an escort
Angelea Preston (pictured) won the 2011 All Stars season of America’s Next Top Model but was stripped of the title because she had worked as an escort
Runner-up Lisa D'Amato was then crowned the winner of the season instead, leading to Angelea suing the show for breach of contract. Lisa and Angelea are seen together on the show

Runner-up Lisa D’Amato was then crowned the winner of the season instead, leading to Angelea suing the show for breach of contract. Lisa and Angelea are seen together on the show

Angelea Preston filed a lawsuit against the series in 2014, after she was striped of her title. She won the 2011 All Stars season and was due to sign a $100,000 contract with Covergirl cosmetics, however, after another unnamed contestant reported to Tyra that Angelea had previously worked as an escort, they took back her win.

Runner-up Lisa D’Amato was then crowned the winner of the season instead, leading to Angelea suing the show for breach of contract.

Angelea later claimed that the show's producers were fully aware of her sex work when they invited her to compete in the season. She is seen in the show with other contestants

Angelea later claimed that the show’s producers were fully aware of her sex work when they invited her to compete in the season. She is seen in the show with other contestants

‘After shooting was wrapped, our production team learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competition,’ judge Nigel Barker said during the finale.

However, in a recent interview with Bustle, Angelea claimed that the show’s producers were fully aware of her sex work when they invited her to compete in the season, then pretended to be shocked by it after filming wrapped.

‘It was already traumatic going through the sex-work stuff, and now to add insult to injury, they were punishing me for the rest of my life,’ she said.

‘I was gutted. Back then you didn’t talk about [sex work] because it was shameful, and I felt ashamed. And [Top Model] made me feel even more ashamed than I already was.’

In her suit, she also alleged that she was paid less than minimum wage, was denied breaks, and was often left starving and dehydrated.

She also claimed that she once experienced a panic attack while filming, but was denied medical care for 10 minutes ‘to make for better television.’

Contestants worked so hard that one once fainted on-air
Aminat Ayinde, a season 12 contestant who came in second place (pictured in the show), recalled facing 'psychological warfare' during her time in the competition

Aminat Ayinde, a season 12 contestant who came in second place (pictured in the show), recalled facing ‘psychological warfare’ during her time in the competition
Amina recalled being forced to use a product during her makeover despite her being allergic to it. 'This is what Tyra wants - this is how we have to do it,' Aminat recalled the salon worker telling her

Amina recalled being forced to use a product during her makeover despite her being allergic to it. ‘This is what Tyra wants – this is how we have to do it,’ Aminat recalled the salon worker telling her

Other contestants recalled having panic attacks on set and receiving injuries but not receiving medical help while speaking to Insider – with the outlet pointing out that all of the models had to sign a contract saying that ANTM wasn’t responsible for any injuries sustained on the show.

Eventually, after she was eliminated, she removed her extensions and claimed she found a two-inch bald spot on her hair, which she said took three years to grow back. Aminat (seen in the show) said that she 'lost all respect' for Tyra in the process

Eventually, after she was eliminated, she removed her extensions and claimed she found a two-inch bald spot on her hair, which she said took three years to grow back. Aminat (seen in the show) said that she ‘lost all respect’ for Tyra in the process

A former employee of the show said he had come to believe that it put contestants in a ‘harmful environment for the sake of TV.’

‘You’re not looking at lifting women up,’ he said. ‘You’re not looking at giving them a real opportunity.

‘You’re looking at trying to pit them against each other in a barrel full of crabs that are all trying to claw their way out.’

Aminat Ayinde, a season 12 contestant who came in second place, recalled facing ‘psychological warfare’ during her time on the show.

Each season, the girls underwent makeovers, also known as ‘Ty-overs,’ which were thoughtfully designed by Tyra herself.

During Aminat’s makeover, the salon wanted to use relaxers to make her naturally-wavy hair straighter, despite her telling them that she was allergic to the product.

‘This is what Tyra wants – this is how we have to do it,’ Aminat recalled the salon worker telling her. She added: ‘This is when I understood: Tyra doesn’t give a f**k.’

Eventually, after she was eliminated, she removed her extensions and claimed she found a two-inch bald spot on her hair, which she said took three years to grow back.

It was reported by Insider that women fainting or becoming lightheaded was a normal occurrence. Season four contestant Rebecca Epley is pictured after fainting during the show

It was reported by Insider that women fainting or becoming lightheaded was a normal occurrence. Season four contestant Rebecca Epley is pictured after fainting during the show
The models said they usually filmed for 20 hours in a row and got hardly any sleep. Rebecca is pictured fainting during the show

The models said they usually filmed for 20 hours in a row and got hardly any sleep. Rebecca is pictured fainting during the show

‘The whole thing really left the most disgusting taste in my mouth,’ Aminat said to Insider, adding that she ‘lost all respect’ for Tyra in the process.

The models told the outlet that they usually filmed for 20 hours in a row, with season three contestant Ann Markley claiming that one judging session lasted until 3 A.M. That night, the women only slept for two hours before filming resumed again at 5 A.M.

It was also reported that women fainting or becoming lightheaded was a normal occurrence during the judging panels.

One season four contestant, named Rebecca Epley, once fell to the ground and became unconscious mid-judging – leaving viewers terrified. She was sent to the hospital and was back in judging hours later.

Tyra told a lesbian model to tone down her sexuality and forced another to close a gap in her teeth
Cycle six winner Danielle Evans was pressured by Tyra during her time in the show to close the gap in her tooth, with Tyra insisting Danielle could never be a Covergirl with it

Cycle six winner Danielle Evans was pressured by Tyra during her time in the show to close the gap in her tooth, with Tyra insisting Danielle could never be a Covergirl with it
Cycle six winner Danielle Evans (seen left on the show) was pressured by Tyra (right) during her time in the show to close the gap in her tooth, with Tyra insisting Danielle could never be a Covergirl with it
In 2020, after a clip of the interaction resurfaced and went viral online, Danielle addressed it in an Instagram video, saying, 'It doesn't matter if you have a gap, stacked teeth, or straight teeth'

In 2020, after a clip of the interaction resurfaced and went viral online, Danielle addressed it in an Instagram video, saying, ‘It doesn’t matter if you have a gap, stacked teeth, or straight teeth’
People were especially unhappy that Tyra encouraged contestant Chelsey Hurles (pictured) to increase the size of the gap between her teeth years later, during season 15

People were especially unhappy that Tyra encouraged contestant Chelsey Hurles (pictured) to increase the size of the gap between her teeth years later, during season 15

Tyra and the other judges often had a lot to say about the model’s features, and have been slammed by viewers for trying to change the way some of them looked.

Cycle six winner Danielle Evans was pressured by Tyra during her time in the show to close the gap in her tooth. Even though she seemed proud of this unique feature of hers, Tyra insisted that Danielle could never be a Covergirl looking the way that she did.

‘Do you really think you can have a Covergirl contract with a gap in your mouth?’ Tyra asked her on the show.

‘Yes, why not?’ Danielle responded, to which Tyra responded that the gap would be ‘all people see.’

Eventually, she agreed to have it partially closed. In 2020, after a clip of the interaction resurfaced and went viral online, Danielle addressed it in an Instagram video.

‘To all the young queens affected by Tyra’s words, it doesn’t matter if you have a gap, stacked teeth, straight teeth,’ she said.

‘It doesn’t matter if you’re Black, brown, white, indifferent, other. You are so loved, so adored, and you are beautiful.’

One user wrote: 'ANTM was brutal. Why did they shave that girls tooth gap to be bigger? Why was that allowed?'

One user wrote: ‘ANTM was brutal. Why did they shave that girls tooth gap to be bigger? Why was that allowed?’

Tyra also caught wind of the criticism, and while she said she ‘agreed’ with everyone’s take on the matter and admitted she had made some ‘off choices,’ she did not apologize.

‘Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you,’ she tweeted at the time.

‘Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs.’

‘Remember when Tyra bullied that girl on ANTM for not fixing her tooth gap? How did that show last so long,’ someone wrote on Twitter recently.

‘Tyra Banks closing that girls tooth gap up on ANTM really did traumatize me and my gapped teeth growing up,’ added another person.

People were especially unhappy that Tyra encouraged contestant Chelsey Hurles to increase the size of the gap between her teeth years later, during season 15.

‘Tyra Banks needs to be put in jail for widening a contestants tooth gap for ANTM cycle 15,’ read a different tweet.

Tyra has also come under fire for asking contestants to tone down their sexuality. In season five, contestant Kim Stolz (seen) told the judges, 'I'm gay, and I'm really proud of it.' However, Tyra advised against her being so vocal about being a lesbian

Tyra has also come under fire for asking contestants to tone down their sexuality. In season five, contestant Kim Stolz (seen) told the judges, ‘I’m gay, and I’m really proud of it.’ However, Tyra advised against her being so vocal about being a lesbian
'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,"' she said

‘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,”‘ she said

A different user wrote: ‘ANTM was brutal. Why did they shave that girls tooth gap to be bigger? Why was that allowed?’

Tyra has also come under fire for asking contestants to tone down their sexuality. In season five, contestant Kim Stolz told the judges, ‘I’m gay, and I’m really proud of it.’ However, Tyra advised against her being so vocal about being a lesbian.

‘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,”‘ she said.

‘No, I certainly won’t walk down the red carpet and try to kiss girls on the way. That’s not what I’m going to do,’ Kim responded.

Season 20 contestant Cory Wade (pictured on the show) was the show's first openly gay male contestant, and he recalled often being criticized by judges for being too feminine

Season 20 contestant Cory Wade (pictured on the show) was the show’s first openly gay male contestant, and he recalled often being criticized by judges for being too feminine

Jay, who is gay himself and served as a judge on the show that season, later told Variety that the moment made him uncomfortable.

‘I was in the room, and I was sitting right next to her. I remember feeling a little uncomfortable with the statement,’ he said. ‘I could see Tyra trying to draw the parallel and what she was trying to illustrate, and I was confused by it.

‘Because we ask these girls to come in the room and the producers remind the girls before they come in, “Tell them who you are. You’re not just a pretty face. You have to have a discussion about who you are.”‘

Season 20 contestant Cory Wade was the show’s first openly gay male contestant, and he recalled often being criticized by the judges for being too feminine while speaking to Insider.

But he is nothing but grateful for his experience on the show now, with him adding, ‘I’m OK! Like, haven’t you ever gone through anything that is a little bit extreme or intense or challenging? It’s just like that. The difference is it’s for the world to see.’

Contestants made transphobic comments about another model
In 2008, the show saw its first-ever transgender contestant in Isis King (pictured), who came in 10th. However, during her time in the show, Isis received a slew of transphobic comments from other contestants

In 2008, the show saw its first-ever transgender contestant in Isis King (pictured), who came in 10th. However, during her time in the show, Isis received a slew of transphobic comments from other contestants
Many viewers were not happy with the way she was treated, with one calling the other girls' 'ignorant' and 'clueless' for the way they spoke to her

Many viewers were not happy with the way she was treated, with one calling the other girls’ ‘ignorant’ and ‘clueless’ for the way they spoke to her

In 2008, the show saw its first-ever transgender contestant in Isis King, who came in 10th. However, during her time in the show, Isis received a slew of transphobic comments from other contestants, one of whom called her a ‘man’ and another who asked her if she was ‘all female’ – and many viewers were not happy with the way she was treated.

‘The outward transphobia towards Isis in ANTM is unsettling,’ one Twitter user statd. ‘She deserved better.’

Another agreed: ‘How the contestants treated Isis on ANTM was WACK! I’m not trans and just the comments and questions they were making where just upsetting me even as a kid.’

An anonymous producer also told Insider that Isis faced a few ‘pretty inappropriate and disrespectful’ moments behind the scenes.

In a 2020 Instagram Live, the model previously claimed that producers forced her to inject herself with hormones on-camera, despite her telling them previously that she was uncomfortable doing it on screen.

A deaf contestant had to pose in the the pitch black
Nyle DiMarco (seen on the show) made history in 2015 when he won season 22 of the show - making him the first deaf model to take home the title

Nyle DiMarco (seen on the show) made history in 2015 when he won season 22 of the show – making him the first deaf model to take home the title
However, the show received fierce criticism after he was forced to do a photoshoot in the complete dark. Nyle relied on a translator, and many people were quick to point out that posing in pitch black made it impossible for him to communicate

However, the show received fierce criticism after he was forced to do a photoshoot in the complete dark. Nyle relied on a translator, and many people were quick to point out that posing in pitch black made it impossible for him to communicate

Nyle DiMarco made history in 2015 when he won season 22 of the show – making him the first deaf model to take home the title. However, the show received fierce criticism after he was forced to do a photoshoot in the complete dark.

Nyle relied on a translator and spoke to his fellow contestants by writing things down, and many people were quick to point out that posing in pitch black made it impossible for him to communicate.

He didn’t know when the photos were being taken because he couldn’t hear the photographer or director yell out to him like the other models could.

In the end, someone had to bang on the platform he was standing on to alert him, but many people felt it was insensitive to his disability.

‘Remember last season of ANTM when they tried to play daddy Nyle with that photoshoot in the dark. As if he didn’t need to see to communicate,’ one disgruntled viewer wrote on Twitter.

He didn't know when the photos were being taken because he couldn't hear the photographer or director yell out to him like the other models could, and struggled during the shoot. He is seen during the shoot

He didn’t know when the photos were being taken because he couldn’t hear the photographer or director yell out to him like the other models could, and struggled during the shoot. He is seen during the shoot
In the end, someone had to bang on the platform he was standing on to alert him, but many people felt it was insensitive to his disabilityIn the end, someone had to bang on the platform he was standing on to alert him, but many people felt it was insensitive to his disability

‘Why would they do a photoshoot in the dark like that when Nyle is DEAF?! It feels like a set up,’ someone else tweeted.

‘They have never done a shoot like this in ANTM history why would they chose to do it in the first cycle with a hearing impaired person? Feels like they wanted him off the show.’

‘Did #ANTM just send a deaf model to a shoot in the dark that RELIED ON HEARING TO BE SUCCESSFUL? What was Nyle supposed to do? Hear?’ asked a different user.

‘The competition, and especially living with the models in the house, was undoubtedly a lot of fun, but it was also pretty tough,’ Nyle later admitted to People.

‘The inability to use my language, American Sign Language, and the lack of communication, information access, and the general connection to the world was difficult.’

‘It truly did take a toll on me mentally … I even cringe now when I watch myself on ANTM being all alone.’

A model was forced to pose in a death-themed photoshoot after losing loved ones
The show was slammed after contestant Jael Strauss (pictured), who competed in season eight, was forced to participate in a shoot where she had to depict a dead person - right after learning that her friend had passed away from an overdose

The show was slammed after contestant Jael Strauss (pictured), who competed in season eight, was forced to participate in a shoot where she had to depict a dead person – right after learning that her friend had passed away from an overdose
A similar situation happened during the fourth season, when Kahlen Rondot (seen during the shoot) had to lay in a grave for a photoshoot while mourning a loved on

A similar situation happened during the fourth season, when Kahlen Rondot (seen during the shoot) had to lay in a grave for a photoshoot while mourning a loved on

The show was slammed after contestant Jael Strauss, who competed in season eight, was forced to participate in a shoot where she had to depict a dead person – right after learning that her friend had passed away from an overdose.

A similar situation happened during the fourth season, when Kahlen Rondot had to lay in a grave for a photoshoot while mourning a loved on.

‘It was really hard, but I’m glad I stuck through it and didn’t just give up on myself,’ she said afterwards.

Many former contestants also alleged that they were purposely forced to talk about their past traumas and had their fears used against them while speaking to Insider earlier this year.

Eugena Washington, who competed in season seven of America’s Next Top Model, said she was horrified when she fell off the runway in front of millions of viewers during one particular challenge. The women had to strut their stuff on a narrow wooden runway which seesawed into a pool.

Season seven's Eugena Washington (pictured in the show) once fell off the runway, after producers allegedly had bolts loosened on the catwalk to get 'the most drama' possible

Season seven’s Eugena Washington (pictured in the show) once fell off the runway, after producers allegedly had bolts loosened on the catwalk to get ‘the most drama’ possible
Eugena (pictured falling on the show) cracked her knee during the incident. She told Insider that it 'felt like her life was being put on the line for ratings'

Eugena (pictured falling on the show) cracked her knee during the incident. She told Insider that it 'felt like her life was being put on the line for ratings'Eugena (pictured falling on the show) cracked her knee during the incident. She told Insider that it ‘felt like her life was being put on the line for ratings’

And to make matters worse, producers had instructed divers to swim down and loosen the bolts connecting the planks in an attempt to make it more wobbly, according to one producer who worked on the episode in 2006.

The unnamed producer told Insider that they wanted ‘the most drama’ possible.

‘We were all nervous, because we didn’t know what the f**k was going on,’ Eugena recalled. ‘It was dangerous.’

‘I just kept thinking, this isn’t just for show,’ another season seven contestant, AJ Stewart, added. ‘Someone could get hurt. Someone could break an ankle.’

On top of the thin and un-sturdy runway, Eugena was also forced to wear six-inch heels, which made it feel like an ‘impossible task.’

On her way back up the runway, she fell – cracking her knee along the way and leaving her clutching onto the catwalk to avoid falling into the water – a moment which has still left her scarred.

‘I felt like my life was being put on the line for ratings,’ she told Insider.

During season 16, the women were tasked with crossing a 12-inch runway over water, while walking in inflatable human-sized hamster wheels.

During season 16, the women had to walk in inflatable human-sized hamster wheels

And a model claimed that when no one fell the first time, they had to do it again until someone did
During season 16, the women had to walk in inflatable human-sized hamster wheels. And a model claimed that when no one fell the first time, they had to do it again until someone did
All Star winner Lisa (pictured for the show) said the modeling competition plagued her mental health, leaving her traumatized and suffering from regular panic attacks

All Star winner Lisa (pictured for the show) said the modeling competition plagued her mental health, leaving her traumatized and suffering from regular panic attacks
Season four's Lluvy Gomez (seen in the show) claimed that after she was eliminated, a producer allegedly asked her if her late dad would have been disappointed in her in an attempt to make her cry on camera

Season four’s Lluvy Gomez (seen in the show) claimed that after she was eliminated, a producer allegedly asked her if her late dad would have been disappointed in her in an attempt to make her cry on camera
In May 2020, Tyra took to Twitter to address some backlash that the show was facing. 'I agree with you,' she wrote. 'Looking back, those were some really off choices'

In May 2020, Tyra took to Twitter to address some backlash that the show was facing. ‘I agree with you,’ she wrote. ‘Looking back, those were some really off choices’

And Hannah Kat Jones told the outlet that when no one fell into the water the first time they did it, the constants had to do it again until someone did.

Andrew Patterson, who oversaw all creative across photoshoots for seasons 15 to 20 of ANTM, claimed that producers often wanted to include an ‘element of fear’ in their photoshoots.

He said that if a contestant revealed that there was something in particular that they were scared of – like a type of animal or bug – producers would then purposely seek those things out and force them to have to work with them.

After a long day of working, the women usually had to give confessional interviews during their ‘most vulnerable and weak state,’ one season 16 contestant, who remained anonymous, said.

And if they weren’t being emotional enough, producers allegedly brought up things they knew would make the women upset to add to the drama.

According to Lisa, one producer forced her to talk about her past problems with her mom, which was difficult for her.

‘The interviewer brought that up – “Is this the way you felt when your mom would tell you to kill yourself? Is that why this is affecting you so badly?”‘ she recalled. ‘They don’t stop. It just keeps going and going.’

Lluvy recalled a similar experience after she was eliminated – during which a producer allegedly asked her if her late dad would have been disappointed in her.

‘So, the one thing he wanted for you, you’re not achieving,’ she recalled him saying, which caused her to break down in tears.

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