If you’ve been a fan of Tyra Banks and her reality TV series, then you have an idea of what happened 15 years ago that changed America’s Next Top Model.
One of the aspiring models, Tiffany Richardson, failed to win in cycle four but she was able to leave the show with a bang.
The iconic moment when Tyra said her infamous lines to Richardson that she and the other judges were rooting for her is one that fans and viewers will never forget.
So what really happened that made Tyra so pissed off? The show included weeks of challenges, photo shoots, and critiquing of judges and though Richardson was among the promising contestants, she became disconnected from the whole competition. The double elimination happened during the episode entitled “The Girl Who Pushes Tyra Over the Edge”.
Richardson and another contestant, Rebecca Epley, were sent home that night. But before they left the room, Richardson spoke up and it pissed Tyra. She told her to be quiet and to stop whatever she was saying. The supermodel was yelling and even she admitted she never yelled at a girl that way before. She made it clear that she was rooting for Richardson, they all were.
In addition, Tyra gave her a little advice. She told her to learn something from what happened and to take responsibility for herself because no one will take responsibility for her. She went on to tell her that she didn’t know where Tyra comes from and what she had been through. Tyra told her that she was not a victim and she learned from it.- Advertisement -
As the years go by, Tyra admitted in 2017 that she would have done it differently because she had so much love for Richardson. On the other hand, the eliminated contestant also shared her experience in the show in 2016. She mentioned how it felt weird to see Tyra and the way the judges critiqued them felt like they were roasting the contestants. She also said that she felt that they were there only to be humiliated. However, she believed that the OMG moment was good for the show because it was full of emotions though at her expense.
A decade and a half later, it remained one of the most unforgettable moments in reality TV. Some parts were even made into memes that are swirling on the internet.