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Video: Tyra Banks Apologizes For Controversial "Top Model" Promo

Tyra Banks has spoken out and apologised for a controversial new America’s Next Top Model promo featuring a 6′2″ model with a teeny-tiny waist.

The promotional ad for the popular TV show was released last week, and showed a hopeful with the “smallest waist in the world,” – her waist was that thin, it could fit inside a man’s hands.

See a snap of the contestant here.

Critics of the promo said Banks and the other judges were promoting poor body image and trying to boost ratings by gushing over the girl’s tiny waist for publicity.

Banks said in a statement:

“In an effort to create a fun and entertaining sneak peek of the upcoming cycle, America’s Next Top Model released a trailer that was edited in a way that misconstrued our overarching message,” Banks said.

“On behalf of the entire Top Model team, I am truly sorry for the style in which the Top Model promo clip was presented,” she writes on

“Like all of my projects, I am extremely involved in America’s Next Top Model from casting the final contestants to conceptualizing the episode challenges, but with all the work and details that go into producing a TV show, I can’t be 100 places at once (although I try), but it’s just impossible for me to see everything that’s created before it’s released to all of you! That being said I can assure you – that cut has been removed from the CW airwaves, and the message conveyed in that video was NOT intentional, and is certainly not Top Model- or Tyra-approved.

“The Top Model team is extremely talented and truly enjoys creating fun, engaging promos and episodes for you. The team really wants to entertain you, while promoting and embracing multiple forms of beauty. Sometimes in the quest to have fun in a limited amount of time, especially in a 20-second promo, our overarching message can be misconstrued, and in this case it most certainly was.”

Controversial? Ill-judged and irresponsible? Watch the promo and judge for yourselves:


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