‘Below Deck’ Chef Embarrasses Tyra Banks For Calling Her ‘Plus Size’

“Below Deck” chief Rachel Hargrove calls out Tyra Banks for calling her a “plus size model” when she auditioned for “America’s Next Top Model” in 2005.

“Hey @Tyrabanks remember calling me a plus size model when I was a size 2?” hargove, 40, next to tweeted an unflattering photo of Banks, 48.

The Bravolebrity’s tweet upset many fans who pointed out that she felt “embarrassed” and still “turned around and was ashamed of the body”. [sic] someone else.”

“I’ve had a lot” [sic] of the former cast contact me and tell me how the show caused them to develop Physical Dysmorphic Disorders…so that’s why I made my comment, “Hargrove respondedadding that Banks must “take responsibility” for her behavior on the competition show.

Tyra Banks and a man walking around
The ‘Below Deck’ star posted a photo of the supermodel walking around in a casual camouflage outfit.

Another follower be aware that it was actually Banks’ “ANTM” co-judge Jay Manuel who made the comment about Hargrove’s body.

“You would represent more of a plus size,” Manuel, now 49, said on the Cycle 4 episode.

Tyra Banks and a man who is judging "America's next top model"
Jay Manuel was actually the judge who made the “plus size” comment.

Hargrove appeared on the fourth season of “ANTM” after a casting director approached her while she was working as a bartender in Florida in 2005.

“I thought, ‘Are you fucking high?’ she told Entertainment Tonight in January 2021. “They just kind of got me through it; I think it had to do with my personality just coming off the wall, so…I don’t know! It was a lot of fun, it was a lot of fun.”

Rachel Hargrove continues "America's next top model"
Hargrove said she was a size 2 when she auditioned for “ANTM.”

But when it came to describing Banks, Hargrove simply called her “interesting.”

Banks, whose fluctuating weight has been criticized over the years, told the “Today” show in April that she finds it “more powerful” to be “curvier” at her age.

Tyra Banks poses for a photo on the red carpet
Banks have promoted body positivity in recent years.
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Banks has not yet responded to Hargrove’s tweet.

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