We all know most reality shows aren’t based in reality, but some programs, especially those that deal with competitions are closer to the truth than others. Or so we thought.

Recently, Tyra Banks admitted to playing a “role” on her hit show America’s Next Top Model, in which she often acted mother hen, judge, and homegirl to the show’s contestants.

On the CNN special “Dinner With the Kings” Tyra explained the motives behind her top model persona.

“When I did my show, created my show or whatever, I also created a persona on ‘Top Model.’ And it’s a character,” she informed the group. “So, when I’m sitting there and I have all this make-up on, and I’m like, ‘Your picture’s not fierce…’ talking all that and reprimanding the girls, that is a character.”

As a model, Tyra is used to being “on” for the cameras and apparently, her ‘Top Model’ showings were all just apart of the performance.

“I don’t do that, like, in real life; I’m passive aggressive. I’m anti-confrontational; I’m even in coaching to learn how to be confrontational.

It’s a character, but people think it’s real. I’m so not sexy. I know how to turn it on for a picture, but I’m not sexy in real life.”

What do you think of Tyra’s ‘Top Model’ “character”? Did you know she was playing a role? 

  • Fa

    What an idiot

  • Whatever

    Really? Then why does she act the same exact way in interviews and during her talk show run. Maybe she watched some old footage and was embarrassed by her corny, over the top, dramatic behavior and decided to pull this stupid alter ego crap right out of her behind. Tyra, go have a seat.

    She tries too hard to be relatable and it comes off as phony/bad acting (take your pick)

  • d_nicegirl

    No biggie. Who doesn’t act differently at home than they do at work? And how does that make you any less “real”?

  • Grace

    A number of top model contestants made it clear at the end of their run on this cycle that the show was advertised to them differently from the way it turned out. And other people have made similar comments.I like Tyra but I can tell when she is stretching her personality. I am not totally surprised.

  • http://theposhbrownboutique.bigcartel.com/ miss posh brown (jenna)

    it sounds like she is just using different aspects of her personality when it calls for it. don’t we all do that? when i’m teaching, i use one part. when i’m at home, i use other aspects. i suppose you can call that an alter ego.

  • mikey kun


  • fuchsia

    It’s something everyone does or has done. I can tell she isn’t like that in real life, because I was watching her talk show one time and she was nervous as hell to talk to some celebrity she thought didn’t like her. ANTM is all about the drama and she knows how to bring it.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    Oh snap, Top Model is still on? I thought they cancelled that nonsense a couple of years ago.

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