America’s Next Top Model has birthed some runway stunnas who, because of their presence on the show, are making bank and booking runways all over the globe. But not all of them believe the show is to thank for their success.
Cycle 21 contestant Winnie Harlow has famously spoken out about her time on the show, claiming it didn’t propel her success in any substantial way. Back in May, Winnie appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live and said the following:
“I really started after the show, ’cause that really didn’t do anything for my career…which, it doesn’t do anything for any model’s career, realistically. A photographer from London hit me up—major photographer Nick Knight—and he was like, ‘Hey, I’ve seen your photos online, and I want to do a shoot with you.’ It went viral, and I got campaigns from there, and it hasn’t stopped since.”
While ANTM creator and host Tyra Banks recently took the high road in response to Winnie’s flippant comments about the franchise, Eva Marcille was a little less forgiving. During a sit down on WWHL last night, Eva was asked how she felt about Winnie downplaying ANTM’s role in her success as a supermodel. That’s when the “Eva the diva” they’ve always warned us about jumped out.
“It amazes me that people get opportunities and they totally forget who gave them these opportunities.”
She then attempts to serve her fellow ANTM alum some humble pie by claiming her famous friends (and rumored boyfriend) Wiz Khalifa all know who she is thanks to the show.
“Let’s be clear – the world knows her, Drake knows her, Wiz Khalifa knows, her because of Top Model.”
Watch Eva’s full statement on WWHL below:
Do you agree that Winnie should be more grateful towards ANTM for her success, or do you applaud her for blazing her own trail?