LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Tyra Banks’ Ann, the “smallest waist in the world” contestant, is sparking controversy Sunday. Banks is also under fire for praising Ann and her super skinny waist on the new season of America’s Top Model. Tyra Banks has in previous seasons hosted a plus-size models cast; Banks herself has even faced weight fluctuations her entire career and boasted curves coming in at size 8 to 16. But now Banks is now under fire for a model yet unidentified but only know as “Ann” from Texas.
In 2008, Whitney Thompson was a plus sized model winning the reality show. But now Ann is shocking the new ANTM season standing at 6′2” tall with virtually no waist. So far, local news doesn’t know her weight. While some articles claim she has a super skinny frame, her legs aren’t particularly skinny. And while her waist shocks the senses, her hips are not as narrow.
Tyra says about the contestant, “You have the smallest waist in the world. There’s something about her that I like.” The question is whether Ann is healthy and whether Banks is sending the wrong message for including someone with a waist of this size in her new season.
A year ago, Banks said TV needs to depict women in a real condition. Before the premiere of the 2009 season of the Tyra Banks talk show, Banks said “This season on ‘The Tyra Show’ we’re taking it to the next level and getting more real than ever before by encouraging women everywhere to own and rock what they’ve got and be proud.”