Tyra Banks said she was sorry for a controversial new “America’s Next Top Model” promo featuring a 6'2" model with a shockingly thin waist.
"On behalf of the entire 'Top Model' team, I am truly sorry for the style in which the 'Top Model' promo clip was presented," she writes on Tyra.com. "Like all of my projects, I am extremely involved in 'America's Next Top Model' from casting the final contestants to conceptualizing the episode challenges, but with all the work and details that go into producing a TV show, I can't be 100 places at once (although I try), but it's just impossible for me to see everything that's created before it's released to all of you! That being said I can assure you — that cut has been removed from the CW airwaves, and the message conveyed in that video was NOT intentional, and is certainly not 'Top Model'- or Tyra-approved. The 'Top Model' team is extremely talented and truly enjoys creating fun, engaging promos and episodes for you. The team really wants to entertain you, while promoting and embracing multiple forms of beauty. Sometimes in the quest to have fun in a limited amount of time, especially in a 20-second promo, our overarching message can be misconstrued, and in this case it most certainly was."
In the promo, 36-year-old Banks praised the thin waist of the contestant, which drew in sparks of criticism by critics.
"You have the smallest waist in the world. Look at that waist!" Banks exclaimed upon seeing the model. Later, Banks says, "There's something about her I quite like."
"To the people who see me as a representation of upholding the fact that beauty comes in all sizes, I personally apologize," Banks writes.
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