Tyra Banks defends Dancing With the Stars dress after it was mocked online


Tyra Banks has divided viewers with a “Tyrassic Park” designed by Julian Mendez.

The supermodel wore the burgundy robe, which featured big, fan-like pleated sleeves that opened in broad round shapes, to host Dancing With the Stars (DWTS) on Monday, in a glance that reminded many on social media of the lethal spitting dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park.

Other commentators mentioned that the dress reminded them of “farfalle pasta”, whereas others went so far as evaluating it to coronavirus.

Even the official Jurassic World franchise Twitter account posted a comparability between their dinosaur and Banks’ look, writing: “Who wore it best?”

Another person was extra blunt, declaring: “Tyra Banks bought this job so she could play dress up and has lost her damn mind”.

Unperturbed by the unfavourable reactions to her uncommon dress, the 47-year-old appeared on The Late Late Show with James Cordon on Wednesday to handle the dinosaur comparisons and defend her selection.

“Different is what? Better,” Banks mentioned. “I don’t have time to be normal in a pretty dress, because nobody is going to say anything about a pretty dress. You’ve got to push it and go for it.”

And in an interview with E! Online, the TV presenter mentioned that the dress was impressed by her former function as a Victoria’s Secret mannequin.

“There’s a base of that dress,” she started. “It looks like a normal, beautiful dress from the 1990s. Then I go on the stage in front of the audience and everybody, and I put on the wing thing. And everybody was like, ‘Oh!’ because they thought the first thing was the normal dress.

“I call it Victoria’s Secret wangs. It’s not wings. It’s got an ‘A,’” Banks joked. “That’s how we did it.”

It’s not the first time that the supermodel has gone viral together with her selection of dress.

In November 2020, Banks paid tribute to Jennifer Lopez by sporting a look-alike model of the singer’s iconic inexperienced Versace dress on DWTS.

According to the mannequin, her model of the dress that Lopez wore to the forty second Grammy Awards in 2000 was created from Versace chiffon scarfs.

Banks returned to internet hosting duties for DWTS’s thirtieth season earlier this month.

The TV character took over from co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews final 12 months for season 29, additionally serving as an govt producer on the programme.

Banks started modelling at the age of 15; by the Nineties, she had turn into a supermodel, working with manufacturers equivalent to Victoria’s Secret and CoverGirl.

She has made historical past as the first feminine mannequin to seem on the cowl of GQ journal, in addition to the first Black girl to seem on the cowl of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.

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