Tyra understands Adrianne’s jealousy; “was not very happy” about Surreal Life.

Tyra understands Adrianne’s jealousy; “was not very happy” about Surreal Life.
Tyra Banks says she feels for America’s Next Top Model‘s first winner, Adrianne Curry. The agency she was signed with exported her and blew her 15 minutes. “They sent her to South Africa, to Milan–all places where the show was not playing yet. So instead of her being a star in these countries, she became a brand new model that no one knows who she is. It’s almost like she’s starting from scratch. Then she comes back to the States and we all know that in the industry of reality, or just entertainment in general, you have your 15 minutes,” Tyra tells Zap2it.com. However, she does place some of the blame on Adrianne: “That door is going to close, or it’s going to stay open if you work it. … Eva has a hustle; she gets it. She’s really working hard and she understands what she’s been given.” Tyra also says she “was not very happy that she [Adrianne] was going to be on The Surreal Life..” But she was comforted when she learned that “[t]he cast this year wasn’t so has-beeny as it has been in the past. It made me feel a lot more relaxed. They’re not saying she’s a ‘has been.’ They say that she’s a ‘working model,’ which is very nice.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.