America’s Next Top Model Winner Lisa D’Amato (who competed in Season 5 before winning the crown in Season 17’s All-Star competition) spoke out ahead of the show’s 20th anniversary, encouraging fellow contestants to share their side of the story. rice field.
“Be honest with yourself and everyone else when you say don’t be scared in your interview to really tell you how horrible it was.” she said In a post on her private IG account (via Entertainment Weekly.)
“Don’t act tough. Be real. Don’t be afraid of fandom. Don’t be afraid of Tyra or Ken Mok,” Lisa continued. “The light is coming in, and we have more and more fandom on our side.”
“Raise your voice and speak freely,” Lisa urged. “Remember this is your life [sic]Fight for it! Do you know who will stand up for you if you don’t? Do you know who will save your life if you don’t? ”
Lisa also controversially compared her experience on the show to stanford prison experiment Participants assumed the roles of guards and prisoners, and prisoner abuse escalated as the experiment progressed.
more ANTM Contestants have spoken about how they’ve been treated over the years, and the show’s ethics have been publicly reviewed.
Examples of alleged abuse include Season 12’s second runner-up, Aminat Ayinde, who accused the show of “psychological warfare” and accused her of using hair products she was allergic to. and left him bald. According to Aminatshe believes host Tyra Banks “doesn’t give a fuck” and that she “lost all respect” for her after appearing on the show.
Eugena Washington, Season 7’s third-place winner, also shared that she had to walk a makeshift runway made of narrow wooden planks above the pool in six-inch heels. . She “felt like my life was on the line for the rating,” she said. She told Business Insider last yearhas called the challenge an “impossible task” and “dangerous.”
“You’re not thinking of lifting women. You’re not thinking of giving them real opportunities,” says ex-production employee claim“You see, in a barrel full of crabs trying to escape, trying to force them to fight each other.”
I’ll let you know when I hear back from Tyra.