*Tyra Banks has previously spoken out about feeling shaded by supermodel Naomi Campbell when she first arrived on the fashion industry in the 90’s. Campbell, by that point, had already reached icon status. Banks is now setting the record straight about their alleged ongoing feud.
“It wasn’t a rivalry,” Tyra tells the Wall Street Journal. “And I’m very sensitive to that word because a rivalry is with two equals to me, where one was very dominant. She was a supermodel and I was just some new girl that got on a plane from Paris and was studying fashion in magazines at a fashion library.”
Hear Banks tell it via the clip below.
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“I had a very painful early days in Paris. As much as I was booking every single fashion show, people didn’t know I was going home at night crying my eyes out because a woman I was looking up to seemed like she just didn’t want me to be there,” Banks says. “And was doing everything in her power to make me go away.”
Adding, “I didn’t understand that as a young girl, like why is she doing this? This is so evil. This is so awful. The adult me understands that she was reacting to an industry that was all about a token. When I came on the scene, ‘Naomi look out, there’s another Black girl that’s going to take your spot.’”
Banks previously spoke about her feud with Campbell when she was a guest on Norwegian/Swedish talk show Skavlan in 2016, PEOPLE reports.
“It wasn’t fair to Naomi, but her response was … to this day, I’m very scared of her,” Banks said. “It was very difficult. — like some of my lowest times of my life — dealing with that.”
Tyra and Naomi eventually came together to dish about their relationship on Banks’ talk show in 2005.
“I had made peace with Naomi Campbell,” Banks said on the show. “Sisterhood is so important to me.”