*The new cycle of “America’s Next Top Model” returned last week with the child of a famous reality star booted right off the bat.
Lyric Anderson, the daughter of “Basketball Wives” standout Tami Roman and NBA vet Kenny Anderson, made a brief appearance on the season 24 premiere during the first round of cuts, where executive producer/returning judge Tyra Banks and the panelists assess photos brought in by the hopefuls.
The women were either passed through to the next round, or eliminated on the spot.
Lyric was in the latter group, but took to social media to say that the show’s editing made her departure appear more abrupt than it actually was.
“This process was a week. It looks like it was one day to you guys,” Lyric explains. “We met with production and everyone who was involved with the show except for Tyra and the judges. That [televised moment] was obviously our first time meeting them.”
“I was in the room with them about 10 to 15 minutes talking to them about my childhood, about body positivity and how I’ve dealt with people tearing me down about being skinny and calling me names like anorexic. …I also talked about getting a boob job because I was so depressed about how people were tearing me down about my weight. …I even complimented [judge] Ashley Graham because she’s so into your image and loving yourself for who you are. All of that is gone.”
Lyric also said she complimented her mother’s strength as well as Tyra Banks for also “leaning on her mom.”
“So the fact that they debased me and made it seem like no conversations were had, that nothing went on the room and I didn’t even get a word out, and that I walked in and was dismissed, that’s not bad editing, because you know I know about TV…NOTHING was left the way that it happened.”
Watch Lyric’s video message above, and the season premiere’s first five minutes below.
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