Tyra Banks has admitted she’s “very scared” of fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell.
The pair came to blows in the 90s with Tyra, 42, touted as the “new Naomi ”, and Tyra insists the only reason they were pitted against each other was because of the colour of their skin.
Speaking to Scandinavian talk show Skavlan, she explained, “The industry was saying, ‘Look out Naomi Campbell, here comes Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell sit your butt down, this younger one is coming to take your place.
“It was really unfair to her because the other models that weren’t black, like Kate Moss came up we were the same generation, they weren’t saying, ‘Look out Christy Turlington, this cheek bone girl has cheekbones higher that yours! Get back!’ You know, so they weren’t saying that.
“So you know, it wasn’t fair to Naomi, but her response, to this day was…. I’m very scared of her.”
“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 gonna take your money, we’re gonna take your fame, go sit down, there’s somebody else.”
“She reacted strongly but I kind of understand where that was coming from inside of her.”
But thankfully the pair have now buried the hatchet when Naomi came on Tyra’s chat show in 2005 and apologised for various alleged misdemeanours, which were said to include name-calling, Tyra being kicked off photo shoots and intimidated.
“Oh my God, I just cried like a baby,” explained Tyra. “To hear that after so many years of pain… me having to leave agencies because of her – to hear that apology meant the world to me.
“She has no idea what that did for me.”