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America’s Next Top Model contestants have accused the show of “traumatizing” them

Several former America’s Next Top Model Contestants have accused the reality show of leaving her “traumatized”.

Hosted by Tyra Banks, the show features aspiring models vying for a big break in the industry and has also been accused of “risking lives for ratings’ sake”.

Edited in one piece by Business Insiderover 30 different women discussed their negative experiences with the show, which premiered in 2003.

Eugena Washington, who appeared in season seven, opened up about the moment she fell off a makeshift runway over a pool for a challenge.

Washington was told to walk across a narrow plank of wood in six-inch heels, which she said was an “impossible task.” She also said she thought the challenge was “dangerous”.

She said of the challenge, “I felt like my life was being put on the line for ratings.”

Two unnamed models also claimed they were questioned on camera about personal matters in order to provoke a reaction. Other models also claim that the show caused them to have panic attacks and that they had to sign a contract America’s Next Top Model was not responsible for any injuries sustained during the filming of the series.

A former production employee also told the publications, “They don’t want to pick up women. You’re not looking to give them a real chance. You’re trying to pit them against each other in a barrel full of crabs all trying to force their way out.”

Aminat Ayinde also accused the show of “psychological warfare” after she was allegedly forced to use a hair product she was allergic to in season 12.

She said she believed Banks “don’t give a shit” and that she “lost all respect” for the host after the experience that left her bald.

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Other allegations range from former contestants claiming they weren’t allowed access to the internet or cell phones during production to producers goading women into making them even more aroused for dramatic effects.

It is also alleged that models regularly passed out during filming and that many former contestants have been plagued by mental health issues since appearing on the show.

Last year, Banks addressed some criticism of the show on Twitter. She wrote: “I’ve seen the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you. Looking back, those were some really bad decisions. Appreciate your honest feedback and sending so much love and virtual hugs.”

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She also said in an interview with Tamron Hall, “I was trying to push boundaries, but I was also torn to make sure these girls could work, so it was a balance. It was like, ‘Oh, break beauty barriers,’ but yeah, I can break them as many times as I want on the show, but they’ll leave the show and they won’t work.”

The Independent has reached out to Tyra Banks representatives for comment.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/america-next-top-model-contestants-tyra-banks-b2056170.html America’s Next Top Model contestants have accused the show of “traumatizing” them

JOE HERNANDEZ

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