Tyra Banks has lauded Bebe Rexha for bravely shutting down ageist criticism.
Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Meant to Be hitmaker claimed in an Instagram post that an unnamed male music executive recently told her she was “too old” to be sexy.
Addressing the issue during an interview with Access Hollywood, Tyra suggested the comments came from a place of insecurity.
“When people are saying negative things about age, they have serious age, personal insecurities,” the 45-year-old mused. “And I actually really feel for that person that is being very ageist and is saying something very negative because when age starts to hit them, it is going to be traumatic.
“So what they’re doing is they’re throwing that negativity that they feel about their fears about ageing onto you.”
Tyra went on to explain how she deals with ageist criticism.
“We’re human beings and so when we hear things it hurts. But I say acknowledge it and then throw it out. And by throwing it out it’s that meditation. It’s that crying, it’s that calling your friends, calling your mama,” the America’s Next Top Model star continued. “The person that said that is hurting inside… whenever anybody is negative about that they are terrified of it.”
Insisting Bebe has nothing to worry about, Tyra also insisted that she considers the singer to be “stunning”.
“I think she’s the sexiest. Oh my God. When you watch her on Instagram, do you see her pictures? I’m like, ‘I want to look like you,'” she smiled. “That body! Her face! She’s like stunning… intimidatingly stunning.”
After sharing her empowering post on Instagram, Bebe had the support of celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, and Britney Spears.
“DRAG THEM. 29 YEAR OLDS UNITE,” the Bad Blood hitmaker commented, while the British singer wrote: “My sexy songwriting (queen). You are beautiful, getting sexier with age and your talent SINGS for itself. Keep making those rules.”
And Spears simply wrote: “HELL YEAH. FN (f***ing) RIGHT.”
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