Tyra says she doesn’t control which model is eliminated

Tyra Banks does not have control over who is eliminated on America’s Next Top Model. That’s because each judge has an equal vote. As a result, a model Tyra wanted to stay, Diane, was eliminated last week.

According to Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell’s account, Tyra talked to “plus-sized” model Diane on her talk show yesterday, and said, “People think it’s my show: I’m the creator, the executive producer, I’m the last word. Each judge has equal say in who goes home — it’s majority rules. And I want you to know, I didn’t want you to go home…I believe in you.”

Tyra also noted that “[t]he fashion industry is very screwed up in what it calls ‘plus-sized.'” Diane agrees, telling Maxwell, “In the modeling world, if you’re not size 0 to 4, then you’re basically plus.”

It’s all about exposure… [Orlando Sentinel]

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