Considerable media attention has been given to the feud between Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. The two supermodels even famously addressed their rivalry on a heated episode of “The Tyra Banks Show.” I always grimaced at the thought of these two accomplished supermodels battling one another, especially since they have individually found ways to excel in an industry wrought with racism.
Though the media is not entirely responsible for their feud (the women expressed that they personally felt slighted by each other in the past), too often reporters pit successful women of color in the same industry against each other. With Naomi Campbell’s “The Face” modeling reality show on the horizon and Tyra Banks’ long-running series “America’s Next Top Model,” down in ratings, the media has a new reason to try to reignite an age-old competition between the two.
I’m proud to say that the women are rising above the drama. Naomi was recently interviewed for the February 2013 issue of Elle Magazine, and when asked if she watches “America’s Next Top Model,” she answered:
“I don’t watch the other reality model shows. I’ll never have anything to say. If you ask me about Tyra Banks, I’m proud of her as a woman of color. She’s given girls opportunity, and God bless her.”
It’s so refreshing to see Naomi voice her support for Tyra Banks and the opportunities she’s created for up-and-coming models. By saying she’s proud of Tyra’s success as a “woman of color,” Naomi is making a huge statement of solidarity among black women that we don’t see printed enough in mainstream media. Read more from Naomi’s interview here.