America’s Next Top Model’s Lisa D’Amato Accuses Tyra Banks of Exploiting Childhood Trauma

E! News has reached out to Tyra, Jeana, Angelea and the network for comment. 

In an interview with E! News, Lisa criticized the way she was portrayed on cycle 5 of America’s Next Top Model, which she said caused her to lose “a ton of work.”

“They edited me on my original season as an alcoholic when in two months, I drank three to six nights out of two months,” she said. “Then they blasted me on every single episode, which makes me look like an alcoholic. Now, was it smart for me to drink? Do I have to own that? I did drink. Sure. But you know what tipped me over the edge in some scenes when I’m drinking was that they were constantly mentally abusing me every single day.”

However, despite her grievances with the franchise, Lisa is still happy to have won All Stars.

“F–k yeah! Are you kidding?” she told E! News. “It was so redemption for me, you know, after Top Model cycle five and them making me look like the most insane alcoholic. I went on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, not to validate that I had a problem, but more as like preventative and also I knew I needed therapy. So, and then people would hear my story through somebody who actually cares about people, which is Dr. Drew. That was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in my life.”

Lisa has voiced her issues with Tyra and ANTM in the past as well. “I do think Tyra kinda likes to keep everybody down a little bit so everyone knows she’s like the queen bee,” she told Too Fab in 2016 about feeling that Tyra didn’t support her after the show ended.


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