Tyra Banks Is Again Getting Called Out Online for 'America's Next Top Model' Challenges

Tyra Banks is in the hot seat once again over her poor treatment of models on her former reality TV competition series, America's Next Top Model.

The backlash is nothing new. In fact, every couple of months or so, someone on Twitter dredges up old clips of ANTM or posts a message criticizing the show, the outlandish challenges models were forced to perform and Banks' mean antics displayed during the series' 25-season run. The tweet goes viral and dozens of people start sharing their memories of the show and opinions of the trauma the contestants must have endured as they attempted to win the coveted prize: a contract with a modeling agency, a spread in a fashion magazine, a commercial feature and $100,000.

Yessss people coming for Tyra Banks 8 months after they came for Tyra Banks
It's what she deserves

— Poe (@brownboybuilds) January 21, 2021

Such was the case on Thursday after one Twitter user presented the poll, "Who was the bigger reality TV terrorizer?"; the choices were between Banks and Diddy, who was the head honcho on MTV's former reality series Making the Band.

Banks was overwhelmingly dubbed the bigger terror.

"Tyra was a menace, she wasn't preparing them girls for modeling," one Twitter user wrote, "She was preparing them for The Hunger Games."

Tyra was a menace, she wasn't preparing them girls for modeling she was preparing them for The Hunger Games https://t.co/yECxrGAInR

— Jaylynn (@JayBranchin_Out) January 21, 2021

While few people can forget the time Diddy forced the Making the Band 2 cast members to walk five miles to get him a slice of cheesecake from Junior's in Brooklyn in the dead of winter in 2002, in some people's eyes, that just couldn't top the madness models were exposed to on ANTM.

The modeling competition—which its currently streaming on Netflix—saw young contestants who were desperate for stardom perform the most heinous of challenges, like shave their heads bald under Tyra's instruction just to get sent home at the end of an episode, wear blackface and confess their biggest fears only for Banks to exploit them.

Tyra will make you go bald and send you home next week 😭😭😭 https://t.co/0AMr2jgYpO

— Ti Cheri ✨🇭🇹 (@dussemami) January 21, 2021

How was did Tyra get away with this one😭she made these YT women black for a challenge. pic.twitter.com/3jTKOnXOwO

— chun swae. (@girl_kaybee) January 21, 2021

Tyra Banks used to have the girls confide their worst fears into her and then take pleasure in exploiting it 😭😭😭😭😭

ANTM contestant : "Tyra, I'm extremely afraid of Spiders"

Tyra: "I WANT YOU TO SHOOT WITH A HAIRT SPIDER....ON YOUR FACE!!!"

— The Casual Sex Captain (@jiggyjayy2) January 21, 2021

People remembered all those moments and plenty of others too, like during Cycle 21 makeovers when she ordered one male contestant to have a fake beard glued to his face or that time she models had to strut down a dangerous vertical catwalk on the side of a building during Cycle 20.

do y'all remember when tyra gave this guy a goddamn beard lacefront pic.twitter.com/LXtWG3XXHj

— 𝓒𝓮𝓵𝓮𝓫 𝓢𝓹𝓪𝓶 💰 (@CelebrityFasho4) January 21, 2021

please tell me you guys remember when Tyra had the models walk down the side of a building pic.twitter.com/H6yTlQBfJv

— miranda 📸 (@photobymirandaa) January 21, 2021

However, the worst instance of Banks' terrorizing, according to some people on social media, may have come during Cycle 6 when the former talk show host tried to force contestant Danielle Evans to get dental surgery, telling Evans that her gap-tooth smile wasn't marketable.

"Nah deada** Tyra would be like: Oh you like the gap in your teeth? Close it or go home. Tyra later in that same episode: You're going home," one Twitter user wrote.

Nah deadass Tyra would be like: Oh you like the gap in your teeth? Close it or go home.
Tyra later in that same episode: You’re going home

— chocolate chip (@yagirltoomuch) January 21, 2021

Another replied: "She told Danielle—a black model—that she had to have her gap closed and change how she talks, or she'd go home and never become a cover girl. Then seasons later she had a white model get her gap surgically widened so she could embody Lauren Hutton. A model from back in the day."

She told Danielle -a black model- that she had to have her gap closed and change how she talks, or she'd go home and never become a cover girl. Then seasons later she had a white model get her gap surgically widened so she could embody Lauren Hutton. A model from back in the day.

— Naley (@Naley__) January 21, 2021

There were still some folks who felt the ongoing criticism over Banks and the show was unwarranted. After all, ANTM hasn't aired since 2015.

"#TyraBanks is trending again? Seriously? For shows thats been off the air for damn there 10 years? Let it go! She's an icon, a trendsetter, and yes I'm Team #Tyra! The criticism she gets is so tired. If the girls didnt want to be there on her show, she couldnt hold them prisoner!" one Twitter user wrote.

#TyraBanks is trending again? Seriously? For shows thats been off the air for damn there 10 years? Let it go! She's an icon, a trendsetter, and yes I'm Team #Tyra! The criticism she gets is so tired. If the girls didnt want to be there on her show, she couldnt hold them prisoner! pic.twitter.com/fOpv2cDP6x

— MrBrownRoyyal (@mrbrownroyyal) January 21, 2021

Newsweek has reached out to Banks for comment.

Once Again Trya Banks Is Dragged
Tyra Banks attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. One Twitter user posted a poll: "Who was the bigger reality TV terrorizer?" Banks and Diddy were the choices; Banks won. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images