Question Of The Day: Is Black Face OK When Tyra Banks’ Show Does It???

- By Bossip Staff

We have been faced with the black face issue a few times recently. Your girl Tyra just did a show with black face on ANTM and we want to know how you feel about it:

Continuing the resurgence of a makeup practice long considered taboo, “America’s Next Top Model” featured a number of models painted with dark makeup to resemble bi-racial women.

On the episode, which aired last night (Oct. 28), host Tyra Banks said the goal was to create an editorial celebration of the immigrants who relocated to Hawaii to work as sugar cane farmers in the mid-19th century.

Banks tasked models with interpreting exotic racial combinations like “Russian-Moroccan” and “American Indian-Egyptian,” photographing them herself in the green reeds of a sugar plantation on the island of Maui. The models — Jennifer An, Nicole Fox, Laura Kirkpatrick, Sundai Love, Brittany Markert and Erin Wagner — were styled and then sent to makeup, where each was painted with varying degrees of dark body makeup to match the perceived skin tone of the corresponding race they were conveying.

This is the second time models have been shown in dark makeup in recent weeks. French Vogue photographed model Lara Stone in blackface for its October issue, which was particularly disturbing because the offending pictures were part of an issue celebrating models, but had nearly a black model in the magazine.

Instead, they chose to paint a blonde model black in a botched attempt to squeeze out a drop of artistic diversity.  Currently, out of “America’s Next Top Model’s” six remaining contestants, one is black, one is Asian and four are Caucasian. The show started out with four black models in a group of 14.

What do you think? We don’t think Tyra should delve into this either, but maybe getting over this issue can be done when seen from a black perspective. Do you think the show did that?


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  • PradaMaMa

    Oh an no it’s not ok Tyra no better…..

  • Lowdowndirty

    White people make ugly black people. Leave nature alone….You want black face then hire a black Chick!!

  • http://deleted xX__FxxKinG FanTastiC__Xx

    Idk, I Never Saw It As A Problem Unless A Person Was Doing It To Be Ignorant.
    The Pictures Were Nice Though. Lol.

  • LaLa

    It’s not a serious issue, so please stop trying to make it into one.
    She is not mocking or making fun of anyone.

  • Angee

    I don’t think this is ever ok! What is the point?

  • end the spandex campaign

    why not get the real deal

  • Miss Fabulous

    I agree with C.R.E.A.M…..

  • >>> Misss.Afrika.babiie

    hire a black chick!!!

    im free…

  • Honeychild

    It wasn’t done in poor taste you know with a black face and big white lips or anything,and I am not offended, BUT if anybody is looking for a certain genetic combination, they aint going get it from a can of paint. The whole damn this is moot.

    Tyra is good at coming up with dumb stuff thats why they pay her the big bucks.

  • lawd da mercy

    Everybody wanna be like us, can you blame them?? Even at our worst…we canot be out~shined. I Love yall ignant a$$es.

  • lilax6

    i don’t think what tyra did was wrong..she has been diverse and inclusive from the beginning.
    if the fashion industry was also inclusive and diverse, then we could see art and beauty in imitation, but only adding a few tokens isn’t embracing beauty–it’s meeting quotas to not appear prejudice

  • kandykane

    not feelin it….I don’t see the point honestly. I agree just get black models there are plenty out there.


    I think it is silly.. and if they really want the full effects of being African American.. Tell’em to wear those faces to the mall.. and walk in a major department store with a big purse. Then and only then will they know… how real it is being an African American female. It is foreign TO THEM.. they can not.. even relate. But being discriminated against really hurts.. Especially when you’ve got money to spend and never considered stealing..


    Speaking of Tyra.. I resent the fact that she always gets guest on her couch and then insults and interogate them. I am surprised her show has lasted this long. Her topics are corny and juvenile. She does not even know how to ask an open ended question.. I bet her attorney boyfriend just like to look at her.. I can only imagine what their conversations are like.. She cool.. but I just don’t like to see her humiliate her guest because of her poor people and communication skills..

  • Aunt Viv

    Tyra is a first class fool. So not a fan.

  • You Smell Me??

    Black Face was degrading to Black people. Literally black (not brown or taupe) make-up with big red lips were applied to white people to make fun of us.

    We do it to white people all the time.

    Its funny, but when Dave Chappelle does it, or If Marlon and Shawn Wayans does it, its funny or comedic.

    This was tastefully done. So no I dont find it offensive.

  • HelloPrincess

    most people said it all. tyra is oushing the line with this one/\/\/\/\/\

  • The Official Mrs. Carter Schooling yall fools

    Please understand none of the models were portraying an African American woman

    They were Mexican, Russian, Bangladesh, Native American, East Indian, Brazilian…

  • kia86

    @The Official Mrs. Carter


  • noelle

    Aw, I would feel honored to be envied like that!! Why else would you do it, right?? Liek that group that did the Jackson 5

  • Mrs. Philly


  • Joni55

    I don’t think it was done in poor taste, but if this becomes the norm there will be even more black models out of work. This industry already has a lack of black models. Tyra please don’t do this again, there are real black models wanting to work!!!!

  • Ms. Brilly

    What Tyra did on the show is not Blackface. Blackface included mockery, the promotion of sterotypes and degredation of the african american culture, people, and experience. What Tyra did was in no way shape or form Blackface.

  • The Official Mrs. Carter Schooling yall fools

    Ummm Joni baby they were not portraying BLACK women so the black models will still be outta work…

  • grossness@itsfinest

    whats the point of all these …….SMDH

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