Top Model’s Tiffany was “fed up–and not with modeling, but with reality TV.”

Top Model’s Tiffany was “fed up–and not with modeling, but with reality TV.”
Tiffany Richardson caused one of reality TV’s most memorable moments on last week’s episode of America’s Next Top Model 4, when Tyra Banks unloaded on her. Tyra was upset because Tiffany appeared to have given up. So why was Tiffany so unenthusiastic? She tells TV Guide, “I was fed up — and not with modeling, but with reality TV. The photo shoots I loved, but all the bickering and fussing that you guys don’t see… it built up inside of me, and I guess I really let it show in my work during the last episode.” She adds, “It looked to her as if I gave up — and to half of America, too! But like I told her, nobody knew what I was going through on the inside, you know? I wasn’t losing confidence, I was fed up with people throwing at me, ‘Oh, you’re ghetto’ or trying to change me into somebody that I’m not.” Tiffany says that both Tyra and her mom came up to her afterwards and gave her a hug, and Tyra now “calls me maybe once, twice a week to check up on me and see how I’m doing.”

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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.