a The next American top model alum recently revealed that participants on the Tyra Banks show were only paid $ 40 (£ 30) per episode.
Former plus-size model Sarah Hartshorne appeared in the show’s ninth cycle in 2007. Responding to a tweet on November 30, she confirmed that not only were the contestants being paid such a pittance, but they also had to pay. their own food.
Tyra Banks, host, judge and executive producer of The next American top model, was first called by Twitter user @ jiggyjayy2 on Tuesday. “The fact that girls ANTM were paid $ 40 per episode and Tyra and the judges were doing banking, it’s kinda sick, ”the user wrote.
When comedian and podcast host Billy Procida tagged Hartshorne for confirmation, she replied, “$ 40 per episode and we had to pay for food.”
In a subsequent interview with the New York Post On Wednesday December 1, Hartshorne, 34, said she was only 18 when she was cast on ANTM.
“We were given a daily allowance of $ 38 in cash that we had to use to pay for our own food,” Hartshorne explained.
According to Forbes, Tyra Banks, a Victoria’s Secret and CoverGirl model, earned $ 30million (£ 22.5million) over a 12-month period as The next American top model host and creator.
Cycle five alumnus Lisa D’Amato, who has been heavily critical of Banks and his show, also spoke about the appalling pay standards on ANTM in the past.
In an interview with Tasha K (a YouTuber, who is currently embroiled in a bitter legal battle with singer Cardi B) earlier this year, D’Amato said applicants were given $ 45 (£ 34) a day.
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“They don’t feed you enough,” D’Amato told the host. UnWineWithTashaK, adding: “We had a little per diem but so many girls sent their money home… [the per diem was used for] toiletries, tampons or the like.
The independent reached out to Twitter user @ jiggyjayy2, representing Hartshorne and Banks for comment.
Banks, who became the first black woman to appear on the cover of Illustrated sports in 1996, was often criticized for her treatment of ANTM competitors.
Last year, Twitter users berated the model for telling cycle six winner Danielle Evans that the gap between her front teeth made her less “marketable.”
The interaction between Evans and Banks resurfaced online on May 5, 2020 with the caption: “Why was this allowed to air with Tyra Banks goes straight to hell.”
As a result, other social media users began to sift through ANTM archives to highlight questionable segments of the show which ran for 24 seasons.
These included examples of body shame, blackface, and bullying.
Responding to the backlash at the time, Banks tweeted: “I’ve seen the messages about callousness from some pasts. ANTM moments and I agree with you.
“Looking back, these are really inappropriate choices,” said the model.