Actress, Danielle Brooks tuned in to America’a Next Top Model to support friend, Ashley Graham (who is a plus size model) who has taken on judging duties on the show. When Danielle tuned in, she was shocked to see that there weren’t any curvy contestants, but only a curvy judge in Graham. The Orange is the New Black actress went on to say on IG, that this would’ve been the perfect opportunity for ANTM to not only highlight designers who design for curvy women, but also with Ashley Graham in the judge’s seat, for a contestant to see a reflection of themselves and know that anything is possible….
This is what Danielle had to say:
[This is not a bashing of any sort but an observation that wouldn’t allow me to hold my? ]
As a plus woman being seen only 1% 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. A curvy judge but no curvy contestants? ? Out of all 24 girls not one was plus. You had an Asian, African, a red head, transgender, an androgynous sister, even twins…(much love for that) but not 1 plus size woman-when 67% of women are plus in the US?? 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%. 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. All these things still would’ve moved us forward, and would’ve done more than me posting an IG post. Regardless, 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 upfront and needs to be reminded that she is just as deserving as anyone else. ✌?️? #seethe67#voiceofthecurves