Models speak out on Tyra Banks’s reality show: ‘ANTM really didn’t do anything for my career’

Tyra Banks (PHOTO: Gallo images/ Getty images)
Tyra Banks (PHOTO: Gallo images/ Getty images)

Cape Town - Ever wondered what happens to the contestants of a reality show when it ends? Well, according to former America’s Next Top Model contestants, Winnie Harlow and Yaya DaCosta – not much.

Vibe reported that 23-year-old model, Winnie Harlow recently spoke about how the show did not do anything for her modelling career during an interview with Watch What Happens Live on Bravo TV.

 “I really started after the show,” she told the show’s host Andy Cohen.

“Cause (ANTM) really didn’t do anything for my career… it doesn’t do anything for any model’s career, realistically,” she continued.

“I thought that Top Model was gonna be a career starter, but it was really, like, a reality TV show,” she continued. That’s not what I signed up for.”

While many regarded Harlow’s comments as controversial, another former ANTM contestant, Yaya DaCosta, told PEOPLE that she understood where Harlow was coming from.

“When Winnie posted that on Instagram about Top Model not really helping anyone’s careers in the modelling world, there was an outrage. A lot of people supported her and understood and a lot of people didn’t understand where she was coming from,” DaCosta told the publication.

“And so I’m really interested in truth. I think that reality TV is successful inherently because it’s based in illusion. And that’s fine , there’s something fun about that. But as long as girls who do that know that’s what it is. If you want to be a reality star, fine. If you want to be a model, get an agent. Do something else. I’ve always wanted to act so I’m just blessed to be where I am,” she added.

Although the two former contestants might have thrown some shade at Tyra Banks’ show, they both went on to mention how grateful they were for the platform.

Harlow took to Instagram to clarify her comments, after receiving social media backlash.

Check her statement below: