Danielle Brooks Calls Out New 'America's Next Top Models' for Lack of Plus-Size Models
"Watched #ANTM and not one contestant was plus, hell, not even a size 6 or 8," the 'Orange Is the New Black' actress wrote on Twitter.
Danielle Brooks is not impressed with the revived America's Next Top Model.
The Orange Is the New Black actress, who's an advocate for body diversity in the industry and recently penned an essay for Refinery29 about being tired of not seeing women like her in the media, took to Twitter to express her frustrations with the long-running modeling competition.
"This 1% thing is real. The world really disregards plus size. Watched #ANTM and not one contestant was plus, hell, not even a size 6 or 8," she tweeted. "Even if producers felt well it'll be hard for a plus size girl, show that ish. Let the world see how much work still needs to be done for the 67% of women who are plus size. #seethe67 I can't tell you how upsetting it was to watch #antm and how many seasons has it been now?"
This 1% thing is real. The world really disregards plus size. Watched #ANTM and not one contestant was plus, hell, not even a size 6 or 8.— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) December 13, 2016
Even if producers felt well it'll be hard for a plus size girl, show that ish. Let the world see how much work still needs to be done...— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) December 13, 2016
America's Next Top Model returned Monday on VH1, starring a new host, pop star Rita Ora, with supermodel Ashley Graham, image architect Law Roach and Paper Magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliott as judges. Former host Tyra Banks serves as an exec producer.
Since its premiere in 2003, ANTM has routinely featured thin models. However, there's been a few exceptions with Toccara from Cycle 3 and Whitney Thompson from Cycle 9. Thompson went on to become the first plus-size winner in ANTM history.
Graham, who's been somewhat of a pioneer for full-figured models, is looking forward to finding the show's plus-size star for the next season though.
"Unfortunately, it didn't happen for this round, but that's alright," Graham told E! News. "Hopefully for season two — I'm looking for the woman who wins to be plus size. I think it would be so epic."
After expressing her frustrations on Twitter, Brooks continued the conversation on her personal Instagram account.
"This could've been a perfect opportunity for them to highlight fabulous designers that also do plus fashion or highlight strictly plus designers that rarely get any shine. They could've also highlighted the struggles that come with being plus," wrote the 27-year-old star. "Regardless, We are worth these incredible opportunities. We deserve to be seen. I'm going to continue to push back and speak up for that young girl that wants to model, wants to act, wants to be upfront and needs to be reminded that she is just as deserving as anyone else."
Brooks' rant comes at a time when the industry is slowly starting to be more inclusive of women of all sizes. For example, Graham most recently received her own Barbie and specifically asked that the doll have no thigh gap, and designer Christian Siriano featured one of the most diverse group of models for his runway show in September.