It seems like we're constantly uncovering ugly truths about the hit early aughts show America's Next Top Model. The latest installment, reveals just how underpaid the contestants were during the competition, which included grueling and taxing (both mentally and physically) challenges.
Earlier this week, former contestant on Cycle 9 of the show Sarah Hartshorne posted a tweet with some incriminating allegations about how little the models were paid to endure some of the majorly problematic tasks on the show.
$40 a day, no residuals, and we had to pay for food. https://t.co/lnclnbj2GZ
— Sarah Hartshorne (@sarahhartshorne) November 30, 2021
"$40 a day, no residuals, and we had to pay for food," Hartshorne responded to another Tweet that revealed the girls's alleged pay, excluding meals. The former cast member also talks a lot about the show on her TikTok account, explaining what elimination was like and how Tyra Mail worked.
Twitter had some thoughts about the news and the unsettling nature of the show in general.
💀 at Tyra sending girls home with a shaved head, failed dreams, and $40 pic.twitter.com/ES9S2kcUya
— badboysremix 🏁 (@badboysremix) November 30, 2021
Another tweet included a TikTok user's reaction to a very messed up scene from the show where models were assigned different ethnicities to culturally appropriate. "Tyra Banks must pay for her crimes..." the post read.
Tyra Banks must pay for her crimes…
— Selena (@Selena_ninaa) November 22, 2021
One user wrote, "If I was Tyra Banks I would live everyday in fear of the inevitable Netflix or HBO documentary of ANTM."
If I was Tyra Banks I would live everyday in fear of the inevitable Netflix or HBO documentary of ANTM
— MATERIAL GWORL! (@LOUIS_via_ROMA) November 30, 2021
Others likened some of the show's absurdly bizarre challenges to Squid Game.
Tyra Banks would’ve made this a runway challenge on America’s Next Top Model pic.twitter.com/Ziey4vRiVw
— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) November 23, 2021
Tyra put these women through HELL. https://t.co/nat7Uj01Li
— Jon Paul, Ed.D. (They/Them/Tired)✊🏾🏳️🌈 (@DoctorJonPaul) November 22, 2021
ANTM nor Banks have responded to the allegations.