For Realz?: Caucasian America's Next Top Model
Why is it always a race war on America's Next Top Model?? Natalie, the contestant who got booted this week, has a spiteful interview up on the E! website, where she says she must have lost because Tyra is giving preferential treatment to the two remaining African-American contestants, Aminat and Teyona.
"Tyra definitely has a soft spot for Aminat and Teyona. I think she just loves [their] personalities. I feel like they're most relatable to Tyra, since Tyra was a black model struggling. I think she has a hidden emotional connection with the black girls, and I think that's where a lot of favoritism comes from. I'm not accusing her of it, but that's just my opinion.
Well, yes, the whole point of the show is to find people whose personalities Tyra likes! Natalie's departure couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that 1) Natalie seemed really disoriented by Brazilian culture, 2) arguably looked pretty vapid in all her pictures, 3) has already made a number of racially-awkward statements, and 4) seems kind of boring. Or the fact that Teyona takes lovely pictures and Aminat is totally adorable.
Or the fact that plenty of other African-American contestants have already been eliminated on this season, and a not-always-the-most-photogenic Caucasian girl is still in the game too. Or that white models have won slightly over 50% of the time over the life of the show. (6 white winners, 3 African American, 1 Hispanic, 1 biracial). No, it must be
racism favoritism, because how on earth could two African-American models possibly be better than Natalie?? Sarah Palin, is that you?
And why did Natalie come off so badly in the show this season, if she's so awesome? She blames, as always, editing. Yes, that must be it. Editing.
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