Why “America’s Next Top Model” Is Criticized by Gen Z

“America’s Next Top Model” was desperate to be on top – but at what cost?

Some impressionable viewers of the reality competition series, which ran from 2003 to 2018, said they paid the price in their sanity as the show promoted a distorted view of beauty in the media at the time. ‘era.

People on TikTok are now putting the once-beloved 24-season series, currently stream on Hulu, on the breath. “2000s reality TV was truly INSANE,” wrote one reviewer.

In one video series Dubbed “Moments in ANTM that probably destroyed my future sanity,” TikTokker Carly Ristuccia, 25, featured some problematic moments from the show.

The judges were shown critiquing the models from all angles, scrutinizing their height, smile and skin tone – demonstrating the negative “ANTM” body image promoted on set and on camera.

The show’s host, Tyra Banks, came under fire last year and issued an apology on Twitter after seeing backlash.
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In an interview with NBC NewsRistuccia said she realized during a recent review how “incredibly fake” the series was.

“It got me thinking about how the ideas on this show probably built my subconscious ideas about body image and the whole industry,” she said.

In another video shared by Ristuccia, captioned with the question “who left this tune[?]”, a segment of the series shone the spotlight on the judges caught grimacing at the models’ unretouched photos, including former supermodel Janice Dickinson exclaiming that she ‘needs blinders’ to look at the image of an untanned face.

He followed with another soundbyte of longtime “ANTM” judge J. Alexander telling a plus-size contestant to “suck the gut, baby.” Anything that hangs around looks nasty.

Elsewhere on the video-sharing platform, “ANTM” exposed viewers more clips of judges squeezing contestants’ appearances while urging them not to wear makeup — because “ugly women usually wear a lot of makeup,” one said. The show also featured a challenge in which a white woman had to wear a black face as a “proud African woman” for a photoshoot.

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The show’s contestants were shamed for their natural looks, being told they were “fat” or “ugly”.
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“I think [the show] gave us an example of how you can berate yourself,” Fashion Psychology Institute founder Dawnn Karen told NBC News. “How can you look in the mirror and say, ‘[I don’t like] my hair, my nose. ”

But it wasn’t just to make good television. “ANTM” reflected the grueling life of modeling, according to Karen, and Tyra Banks shouldn’t be the only one in the hot seat. Instead, she reiterated what was already known about the grueling conditions women face in the fashion and media industries.

“[Banks] gave us a glimpse of what’s going on in the modeling industry. So now in 2021, TikTok-style, we’re not going to put up with it,” Karen said, adding that it could be a catalyst for change.

The reality show created by iconic Victoria’s Secret model Tyra Banks has come under intense scrutiny on social media lately. Just a few weeks ago, former contestants blasted producers for only paying them $38 a day, reflecting another of the realities of the modeling industry.

In 2020, Banks, now 48, tweeted an apology for comments made on the show, saying “those were really offbeat choices”.

While some people responded with support for banksclaiming it was “another time”, others were not happy with his calculation.

“Say more about it. What choices were disabled? What was wrong with them? Simple acknowledgment and genuine apology are not the same thing,” tweeted a reviewerwhich earned them over 6,000 likes.

“You should individually apologize to the black girls you tried to change for the industry instead of changing the industry for those girls,” wrote another.

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