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Tyra Banks Apologizes For 'Smallest Waist' 'Top Model' Promo

Tyra Banks is apologizing for a promotional spot that seemingly shows her going gaga over a contestant and her "smallest waist in the world."

The 'America's Next Top Model' host and executive producer claims that the ad was cut and released without her having seen it. She also blames the teaser for being "edited in way that misconstrued our overarching message."

"On behalf of the entire Top Model team, I am truly sorry for the style in which the Top Model promo clip was presented," says Tyra.

"Like all of my projects, I am extremely involved in America's Next Top Model from casting the final contestants to conceptualizing the episode challenges, but with all the work and details that go into producing a TV show, I can’t be 100 places at once -- although I try -- but it’s just impossible for me to see everything that’s created before it’s released to all of you!"

"That being said I can assure you – that cut has been removed from the CW airwaves, and the message conveyed in that video was NOT intentional, and is certainly not Top Model or Tyra-approved."

"The Top Model team is extremely talented and truly enjoys creating fun, engaging promos and episodes for you. The team really wants to entertain you, while promoting and embracing multiple forms of beauty."

"Sometimes in the quest to have fun in a limited amount of time, especially in a 20-second promo, our overarching message can be misconstrued, and in this case it most certainly was."

"To the people who see me as a representation of upholding the fact that beauty comes in all sizes, I personally apologize."

"The jokes of my fellow judges connected with my edited sound bite sounded like I was supporting unhealthy eating habits. This has never and will NEVER be the case – I am and will always be committed to promoting healthy body image."

"I have experienced body image scrutiny from one extreme to the next –- as an awkward, extremely thin pre-teen who couldn’t gain weight no matter what I did, to later being slammed by the media for my fuller, curvier frame," continues Banks.

"During this season of Top Model, you will see that Ann (the girl in the trailer) provided another opportunity for me to support a young woman struggling with her own body image issues."

Check out the 'smallest waist' 'top model' promo below:

August 17, 2010 |

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