Tyra Banks seemingly put her feud with Naomi Campbell to rest years ago. However, that isn’t going to stop the model from talking about it.
While speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Tyra reflected on her longstanding career. From walking the runways herself, creating America’s Next Top Model, hosting a talk show, becoming a mother and now dreaming up model training camp titled Modelland — Banks has it all.
Of course, Tyra had to work her way to the top and paying her dues wasn’t easy when one of the most famous models in the world is gunning for you.
Naomi Campbell gave Banks the opposite of a warm welcome in the industry which the 45-year-old was asked about during her interview.
‘I’m very sensitive to that word because a rivalry is between two equals to me whereas one was very dominant, she was a supermodel, and I was just this new girl that had got on a plane from Paris and was studying fashion and magazines. As much as I was booking fashion shows, people didn’t know I was going home at night crying my eyes out because the woman I was looking up to seemed like she just didn’t want me to be there and was doing everything in her power to make me go away.’
Looking back, the icon now understands that Naomi was threatened because oftentimes the industry doesn’t make room for more than one person of color to be in the spotlight.
She added: ‘I didn’t understand that as a young girl, why is she doing this? This is so evil and awful. The adult me understands that she was reacting to an industry that was all about a token… But when I came on the scene, ‘Naomi look out because there’s a black girl who’s going to take your spot.’ Only one spot available.’
What do you think about Tyra’s statements?