Danielle Brooks Just Criticized 'America's Next Top Model' for Lack of Curvy Women
However, she commended the show for including transgender contestants and more people of color.
The rebooted America's Next Top Model premiered on Monday to nearly 1.3 million viewers, and Danielle Brooks was just one of many people shocked to see curvy model Ashley Graham hosting the show, but no curvy or non-straight-size contestants on the show.
"As a plus woman, being seen only 1 percent of the time is a real thing. Period. After watching #ANTM last night I was super excited to see my girl Ashley Graham, but bummed out not to see any plus contestants," the 27-year-old Orange in the New Black star posted on Instagram on Tuesday. "A curvy judge but no curvy contestants? Out of all 24 girls not one was plus."
Though disappointed, Brooks made it a point to applaud the show for featuring diverse women. But also called them out for missing the opportunity to be inclusive of women with different shapes and sizes.
"You had an Asian, African, a red head, transgender, an androgynous sister, even twins... but not one plus-size woman, when 67 percent of women are plus in the U.S.?" she continued. "This could've been a perfect opportunity for them to highlight fabulous designers that also do plus fashion or highlight strictly plus designers that rarely get any shine. They could've also highlighted the struggles that come with being plus. We could've at least gotten to 2 percent."
Women around the country were excited when Ashley Graham was selected to be a judge on the show. Mostly because they looked forward to seeing her serve as a role model to non-straight size women. The fact that this didn't happen was highly problematic for Brooks.
"The plus competitor would've been able to lean on the fact that a reflection of herself (Ashley Graham) was in the room reminding her that her dream is possible," she continued, wrapping up her post with these final words:
"We are worth these incredible opportunities. We deserve to be seen. I'm going to continue to push back and speak up for that young girl that wants to model, wants to act, wants to be up front, and needs to be reminded that she is just as deserving as anyone else."
Keep doing you, Danielle!