Tyra Banks took a moment to teach a homophobic America’s Next Top Model contestant a lesson about homophobia and prejudice.
Openly gay Top Model contestant Will Jardell, overheard Denzel say he didn’t want to have to go home and tell friends that he lost to a man in high heels, after noticing Jardell wearing heels. He goes on to say he hates being perceived as gay because he’s involved in fashion.
Will brought up the incident after Tyra made a comment about his six-inch heels at the judging ceremony.
“This is an industry that is predominately female,” Tyra tells Denzel. “So whenever you step into an industry that is predominately a certain sex, you get the stereotype that you are gay. Be proud of this industry and every single male model, gay, straight, heels, corsets. Who gives a fuck?!”
“I want to take you back 50 years and imagine you overheard Will say, ‘I hope that Denzel guy doesn’t win, because if a black guy wins my friends at home are going to say I’m his ******.'”