It felt like we were making major strides in 2016 with inclusivity in the modeling world. We kept seeing inspirational women like Ashley Graham and Danielle Brooks popping up spreading body positivity and self-love. Then, cycle 23 of America’s Next Top Model came along and set everything a few steps back.
Why I think ru Paul's drag race is a better influence on young girls than Americas next top model
Antm: contestants come in one body type: skinny and tall
Rpdr: contestants come in all shapes and sizes, from violet chachki with her teeny tiny waist to ginger Minj who’s big and beautiful
Antm: focuses primarily on looks
Rpdr: focuses on creativity, confidence, and personality
Antm: some people can be beautiful
Rpdr: ALL people can be beautiful. You can be a 6'4" 40 year old gay man and be beautiful.
Antm: “you wanna be on top?”
Rpdr: “if you don’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”