Tyra Banks arranges for Isis’ sex change

Isis King, the first transgendered contestant on America’s Next Top Model, will get sex reassignment surgery thanks to Tyra Banks, who arranged for a doctor to provide it free of charge. That will happen on today’s episode of syndicated Tyra Banks Show, which has already been taped.

“This is not happening! [I feel] like I’m about to wake up,” Isis will say, according to Us Weekly. The magazine says that happens after “King, who was born Darrell Walls, says when Banks introduces her to Dr. Marci Bowers, a leading gender reassignment surgeon who has experienced the surgery herself. Bowers is paying for the surgery.”

But first, as this clip from the episode shows, Tyra has to set up her moment (before she or her people can leak it to a celebrity weekly magazine to ensure advance publicity). In the segment below, Tyra reminds Isis repeatedly that Isis considers herself a woman but still has to see male genitalia every day, which of course causes Isis to break down and cry. Amazingly, Tyra does not remind Isis that she was kicked off of Top Model 11 and is therefore a loser in Tyra’s eyes.

Tyra Banks Surprises Contestant With Sex Change Operation [Us Weekly]

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