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Tyra Banks Schools Homophobic 'Top Model' Contestant: VIDEO

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One has to wonder what would possess a person with homophobic attitudes to even think about going on America's Next Top Model, much less joining the fashion and modeling world in the first place, but such is the case with contestant Denzel [pictured lower right].

TopmodelDuring one of the judging portions of the show, contestant Will showed up in massive 6" patent leather heels, a fashion decision that Tyra questioned him about. Turns out that Denzel had made comments about having to go home and explain how he was beaten by someone in heels, so Will showed up in heels, directly challenging the kinds of homophobic comments he says that he constantly has to endure.

Denzel tried to cover his ass with the "It's just my opinion," gambit, but it did not pay off as Tyra herself called him on his prejudices:

I wanna take you back 50 years and imagine you overheard Will say, "I hope that Denzel guy doesn't win, because if a black guy wins my friends at home are going to say I'm his bitch."

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Tyra Banks To Produce VH1 Docu-Series On Transgender Women

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Supermodel and America’s Next Top Model reality-show hostess Tyra Banks (left) will produce an eight-episode docu-series following the lives of Chicago transwomen called TransAmerica (not to be confused with Felicity Huffman’s 2005 film of the same name).

The show will feature RuPaul’s Drag Race veteran Carmen Carrera (pictured right) who came out as trans after Drag Race as well as appearances by other notable trans Americans like Calpernia Addams.

The Hollywood Reporter states:

The series is described as an earnest look at a group of millennial women — who happen to be transgender — living, loving and building their careers. The series will explore how their sexuality impacts their lives…

"It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more," said Susan Levison, executive vp programming for VH1. "This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates."

TransAmerica marks VH1's third series to either star or prominently feature a transgender person or cast. I Want to Work for Diddy helped jump-start the career of Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox in 2008, with the actress earning a spinoff series - TRANSform Me -- in 2010. Cox, a recent GLAAD honoree, credits VH1 for her first break. (Cox, meanwhile, is teaming with MTV and Logo for documentary the Trans Teen.)

The show is set to appear in late 2014 or early 2015.


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