Winnie Harlow offended Tyra Banks with some comments she made about America’s Next Top Model, and the former contestant is now trying to justify herself.
Harlow took to Instagram on Monday to clear her name and make it known that her comments from back in May were not made in a negative light.
During an episode of Watch What Happens Live, Harlow told Andy Cohen, “I really started [modeling] after the show because that really didn’t do anything for my career…which it doesn’t do for any model’s career realistically.”
She added that she “thought that was going to be a career starter, but it was really like a reality TV show… That’s not what I signed up for.”
Even at the time, the model said, “It was still a part of my history and I’m really grateful for everything that I’ve done to get where I am.”
Tyra Banks, the creator of ANTM, recently visited Andy Cohden as well, and responded to Harlow’s comments.
She said, “I have nothing but love for my girls and my girls come from so many walks of life and so much pain and so much hardship and so much story, and a lot of the times when people express themselves in certain ways, there’s a reason. I will respect her confidentiality and her life, but yeah.”
Harlow then took to social media to try and explain her position and her comments. She said, “It has nothing to do with being ungrateful, and more over nothing to do with ‘shade’ to Tyra. She was the first person of higher status to make me feel like I could be a model and not only am i grateful for that, it’s something I’ll never forget.”
She also tried to explain what she had meant by the comments, “After being on the show no one would book me and no agency would sign me because of the Reality Tv stigma.”
Harlow then searched for chances in Europe, where her time on the show was not attached to her. She said that despite everything, she wished she had known that “you could be successful off the show in some ventures.”
She further explained, “My truth is, I stand by what I said and I say it because I don’t want girls thinking it’s a jump start to a modelling career because of me. I learned that the best thing to do to become a model and to be taken seriously is to take plain head shots and find a reputable modelling agency.”
Read her full comments below:
The 24 year old is now a successful model, and just recently took part in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.