Tyra Banks was not amused when she found out that one of the contestants on this season of America’s Top Model took issue with a fellow male competitor for wearing high heels.
Will Jardell, who is openly gay, wore the heels in his appearance before judges. It was then revealed that a contestant named Denzel had earlier remarked that he did not want to have to go home and have to tell friends that he lost to a man in high heels.
Banks called him out on the homophobia of such a statement.
‘This is an industry that is predominately female,’ she said. ‘So whenever you step into an industry that is predominately a certain sex, you get the stereotype that you are gay. Be proud of this industry and every single male model, gay, straight, heels, corsets. Who gives a fuck?’
She then added: ‘I want to take you back 50 years and imagine you overheard Will say, “I hope that Denzel guy doesn’t win, because if a black guy wins my friends at home are going to say I’m his bitch.”‘