ANTM Contestant Accuses Tyra Of Being "Shady"

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ANTM contestant Natalie Pack seemed pissed when she was eliminated this week. Now she's saying she thinks Tyra is "shady," "plays favorites," and adds fuel to the rumors that Tyra and Jay Manuel "don't click."

In an interview on E!'s site, Natalie says she was a victim of editing, which is a common claim of reality TV stars; however, her complaint may have some truth to it:

They actually cut and pasted lines to make me sound like I was a spoiled brat because they were so desperate to make me look that way. I felt like they didn't have enough drama since Sandra left, so they chose me.


As we pointed out in our recap post of this week's episode, it seemed ridiculous, if not suspicious, that Natalie was eliminated before some of the other girls, who had worse pictures. Natalie chalks it up to Tyra's personal favoritism for some of the other contestants:

It was very, very shady. I think the judges thought that I lied and that's why I got sent home. I have a feeling Tyra and Jay [Manuel] don't really click that well. Tyra definitely has a soft spot for Aminat and Teyona. I think she just loves [their] personalities. I feel like they're most relatable to Tyra, since Tyra was a black model struggling. I think she has a hidden emotional connection with the black girls, and I think that's where a lot of favoritism comes from. I'm not accusing her of it, but that's just my opinion.

ANTM: Natalie Accuses Tyra Banks of Being "Shady" & Playing Favorites [E!]

Related: No More ‘Top Model' For Tyra Banks? [MSNBC]

Earlier: ANTM: Contestants Are Told To Dress, Poop, Age Like A Model

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See also: Whitney, the girl with the Tootie haircut. It was clear almost from day one that they were going to win no matter what.