A few months ago Winnie Harlow had a sit down with Andy Cohen on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ where she said that America’s Next Top Model “didn’t do anything” for her modeling career. “I really started [modeling] after the show because that really didn’t do anything for my career…which it doesn’t do for any model’s career realistically,” she said at the time. She went on to say that it was a respected photographer who seen her photos online and asked to do a shoot with her that launched her into the industry.
“I thought that was going to be a career starter, but it was really like a reality TV show,” she elaborated. “That’s not what I signed up for.” Although she claims she didn’t get nowhere from the show, she says, “It was still a part of my history and I’m really grateful for everything that I’ve done to get where I am.”
On Thursday night’s show Andy Cohen chatted with Tyra Banks and when a fan called in and asked Tyra,”What do you think about model Winnie Harlow claiming that America’s Next Top Model does nothing for any model’s career and is nothing but a reality television show?”
Banks replied saying, “Did she say that? I discovered her on Instagram. Well, come on I discovered her on Instagram so and she’s on this show, so what do you think that means?”
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She went on to express, “I have nothing but love for my girls and my girls come from so many walks of life and so much pain and so much hardship and so much story, and a lot of the times when people express themselves in certain ways, there’s a reason,” the supermodel continued. “I will respect her confidentiality and her life, but yeah.”
Tyra concluded, “They’re all my babies—even the ones that act out. They’re still my babies.”