Former ‘ANTM’ Contestant Blasted For Body-Shaming Tyra Banks


Below Deck Chef and former America’s Next Top Model contestant Rachel HargroveTwitter is getting slammed after body-shaming Tyra Banks in a since-deleted tweet referring to Hargrove’s time on the modeling reality show. 

“Hey @Tyrabanks remember when you called me a plus size model when I was a size 2?”Hargrove tweeted and attached a paparazzi photograph of Banks. Banks were conceived and hosted ANTMIt was a huge success. Today, viewers will see that Banks and the other judges were criticized for their comments or actions regarding the models. 

While Hargrove’s comment about being called a plus-size model at size 2 was a fair criticism, many are calling her out for hypocritically body shaming Banks in her tweet. Hargrove did not delete her initial tweet, but she continued to defend itself. 

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“I’ve had alot [sic] of former cast reach out to me and tell me about how the show caused them to have body dysmorphic disorders… so that’s why I made my comment,” She replied to one tweet

Another tweet: Hargrove wrote, “I have every right to let the world know how that show tried to make you feel bad about yourself. Even other girls from the show were belittled not just me.” 

However, one eagle-eyed fan pointed out that Banks was not the one to make the comment about Hargrove’s size. Jay Manuel, a fellow judge told Hargrove that he was the one who made the comment. “You’d be representing more of a plus size.”

Hargrove’s Time On The Show

Hargrove was featured on Cycle 4 of the modeling contest show. A casting director approached Hargrove while she was working in Florida as a bartender. The chef said that she had never thought of modeling before. 

“I thought, are you f**king high?’” She told Entertainment TonightShe spent her time doing so. ANTM. “I’m slinging drinks and I’m a kitchen creature, so it wasn’t like, it wasn’t one of those things where I was like, hey, I’m gonna go stand there at this cattle call, but it was kinda cool. They just kind of brought me through, I think it had to do with my personality being just off the wall, so… I don’t know! It was a lot of fun, it was a lot of fun.”

Hargrove is now famous for her work as a private chef on Bravo’s Below Deck, but it’s clear her start on reality TV left a bad taste in her mouth. While the comments made about her body were rude, Hargrove’s body-shaming remarks towards Banks seem hypocritical. 

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