Tyra Banks is opening up about the drama with Naomi Campbell in the early days of her career.
The model and businesswoman spoke to the Wall Street Journal where she put on thing straight, it wasn’t a rivalry.
“It wasn’t a rivalry, I’m very sensitive to that word because a rivalry is with two equals, whereas one was very dominant, and I was just some new girl that got on a plane from Paris,” she told the publication.
“I had a very painful early days in Paris…people didn’t know I was going home crying my eyes out because a woman that I was looking up to seemed like she just didn’t want me to there, and was doing everything in her power to make me go away,” Banks added.
“I didn’t understand that as a young girl…the adult me understands that she was reacting to an industry that was all about a token,” the former “America’s Next Top Model” host said. “When I came on the scene – Naomi, look out! There’s a black girl that’s going to take your spot. Only one spot available.”
Although despite the drama with Campbell, Banks broke a record by booking 25 shows in Paris during her first season.
Banks also spoke about the businesses she invests in. Female-founded or female-led businesses attracts her most.
Banks says it is “not about investing in the business, it is about investing in the person.”
The supermodel is keeping busy as a “kicka** businesswoman” with the launch of Modelland. Her amusement park type attraction where “anyone can be a model for a day.”