Yaya’s Afrocentric Tastes and “Africanness” Being Disrespected
Tyra loved telling somebody what was and wasn’t attractive. For Yaya of cycle three, she always presented herself as Black and proud, and in touch with her African roots. For some reason, that was exhausting to judges on the panel. However, they wanted her to play up being pro-Black when it was convenient for them, like during this hat challenge gone left. When she passed on the “fake Kente” hat offered for a cowgirl hat that she said looked less cliche, she was criticized. On top of some insensitive comments being made about her looking like she was about to ride a giraffe, Tyra told her that being defensive about the tone-deaf things the judges were saying to her wasn’t attractive.