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TikTokers are sharing how “America’s Next Top Model” has had a negative impact on their mental health.

Dec 29 2021

TikTokers are sharing how America’s Next Top Model has had a negative impact on their mental health. As Gen Z and Millennials continue embracing the body positivity movement, they’re calling on brands and the media to adopt the same mentality. America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) is a show many young consumers grew up watching (or are discovering for the first time), and now they’re calling out how the show has negatively impacted their relationship with their bodies. In a TikTok video posted in July, Carly Ristuccia (@2theroot) shared “moments in ANTM that probably destroyed my future mental health,” including when Tyra told a contestant that the gap in her front teeth isn’t “easy, breezy, beautiful, Cover Girl” material. Since then, more TikTok videos sharing the negative comments stylists and judges made about the contestants’ appearances have emerged, explaining how these aspects of the show have led to their personal struggles with body dysmorphia and self-loathing (#ANTM counts more than 360K views and #AmericasNextTopModel has garnered more than 120M views). Sarah Hartshorne, a former ANTM contestant, joined TikTok after being tagged in a video where the judges told her she was too small to be plus size and too big to be a straight-size model, and has been giving TikTokers an even deeper glimpse at the toxicity of the fashion industry. Last summer, Twitter users called out Tyra Banks for some of her comments in the show, which Banks acknowledged and apologized for in a tweet, explaining how her comments “were some really off choices.” Beyond ANTM, the reality is that young consumers are paving the way for more inclusion across industries—fashion, beauty, gaming, media, you name it—and they’re asking for brands to help them change the narrative surrounding “body talk” and beauty ideals. (NBC News)