Tyra Banks has never washed the infamous swimsuit she was shamed for wearing over a decade ago.
The America’s Next Top Model host faced harsh criticism for her fuller figure back in 2007 after paparazzi snapped unflattering pictures of her wearing the brown strapless one-piece, which featured colourful stripes across the breasts, on the beach.
At the time, she refused to be defeated by the harsh tabloid criticism, and donned the same swimsuit to host an episode of her now-defunct daytime series, The Tyra Banks Show, and slammed her haters in a defiant speech.
“To all of you who have something nasty to say to me or to women built like me… I have one thing to say to you: Kiss my fat a*s!” she declared.
During a recent appearance on U.S. chat show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the 46-year-old revealed that she has never washed the brown one-piece and has since stored it in a personal archive.
“Oh my gosh it is totally in an archive,” she shared. “Oh my god, it is so there. And it still has like the oil and the sand in it. Like I did not wash it. I’m like, ‘It’s gonna stay stank and real’… I have a good archive.”
Last year, Tyra opened up about her hopes for her fellow models and said she was happy with how the fashion industry was now embracing diversity.
“What I’m hoping for is that the Ashley Graham’s, the Gigi Hadid’s, everyone is just models. Not plus, not short, not trans, not curvy. I just want it to be normal,” she shared. “I’m happy that the fashion industry is finally catching up.”
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