Tyra Might Still Be Scared Of Naomi But She’s Also Grateful For Her Apology

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You may have heard that two of the top Black models in the history of the fashion industry, Trya Banks and Naomi Campbell didn’t exactly have the best relationship back in the day. Today, both of their names are all in the headlines. They’re focusing on the fact that Tyra said that to this day she is still very afraid of Naomi Campbell. And she did say that. In a recent interview with Fredrik Skavlan, on his Norwegian talk show “Skavlan,” she spoke about how the media tried to pit the two against each other as competiting Black women in the industry.

“Oh, look out Naomi Campbell. Here comes Tyra Banks. So Naomi Campbell, sit your butt down this younger one is coming to take your place. And it was really unfair to her. Because the other models that weren’t Black, like Kate Moss came up, we were the same generation, Kate Moss and I, and they weren’t saying ‘Look out Christy Turlington this cheek-boned girl got cheek bones higher than yours. Get back!’ So they weren’t saying that. And it wasn’t fair to Naomi. But her response was—to this day, I’m very scared of her.”

Skavlan asked how was her response.

“I don’t want to go too deep into the past but it was very difficult. Some of the lowest times in my life, dealing with that. So I don’t condone her actions and her response but I understand where it comes from because the world is saying, ‘You’re not going to have your spot. We’re going to take your money. We’re going to take your fame. Go sit down, there’s somebody else.’ So that’s pretty serious. She reacted strongly but I kind of understand where that was coming from inside of her.”

But that the headlines are not mentioning is that Naomi apologized to Tyra when they met to discuss their feud over the years.

Skavlan asked Tyra if the two ever got to talk about it. And Tyra explained that Naomi did eventually apologize.

“Oh yes, I used to have a talk show just like this, boo. And she came on and we did a whole hour. And I asked her why. She kept saying that it kind of never happened. And then there was a commercial break and then she came back and she said, ‘You know what, I’m sorry.’ And oh my God, I just cried like a baby. Just to hear that. After so many years of pain and dealing with it publicly, the press, everything and me having to leave agencies because of her. My mom quitting her job, a lot because of her, to be with me. So to hear that apology meant the world to me. She has no idea what that did to me. Thank you, Naomi.”

You can watch the full interview with Tyra and the father of her child Erik Asla.


In the first part of the interview, Tyra and Erik explained how their relationship went from professional to personal and why they’ve chosen to keep photos of their son private.

“Yes. But not during work. I think it was during the third dinner, something happened.”

Tyra: “He spilled his coffee all over the table because he was looking in my eyes and he couldn’t take it!”

Erik: “This is true.”

You can watch the first part of the interview, in the video below.


Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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