Tyra Banks & Chantelle Brown-Young On Beauty
Tyra Banks & Chantelle Brown-Young On Beauty
Tyra Banks visits Access Hollywood Live with one of her hand-picked contestants from “America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls,” Chantelle Brown-Young, who has the skin disorder vitiligo. How did Tyra find Chantelle? And, what message is Tyra trying to send by including unique models in her competition? Plus, Chantelle discusses the challenges she faced growing up with vitiligo. “America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls” airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.
Live later. I'm happy T America's next top model is currently airing on the cw and one of the unique and beautiful women hand picked by host Tyra banks to compete is Shantel brown. Good morning ladies. Good morning. Tyra, how did you find her? I'm obsessed with social media. I'm on 100 times a day if I'm honest and I kept seeing these beautiful pictures of this girl and I would look and I was like oh my gosh and I was getting blooded of these pictures of her. I reached out to my top model team and I said find her and put her in front of me in the next couple of weeks. You're at your house. How did you hear she was interested in meeting you? I got a message through my sister. My 10-year-old sister got a message computer Facebook saying Tyra banks is looking for you. My sister came running to me. I have something to do you. Tyra banks is looking for you. That was the beginning. Had you been modeling at this point. I had been for maybe a year or two but not too long. How did you get into modeling? My first photo shoot was with a photographer back home and she found my Facebook and had about the same reaction as Tyra. We did a photo shoot and she was like you need to keep doing this. You're a natural. You need to keep doing it and I did and I posted all my work on social media. You're known for liking unique beauty. I get bored with cookie cutter beauty and my career has to thank people in Paris and Italy for looking at a girl that had a big forehead and pointy chins. When I was young I was alienesk. To put me on covers as a black girl made me appreciate things out of the box. So when I see this I think she's beautiful and unique and the world needs to see that. When we see images of things that are different it expands the definition of beauty. That's beautiful. Tyra is saying she's beautiful every single week. You put certain beauty on a pedestal. When you were diagnosed with this within? How old were you? I was like four years old when I got a small patch on my stomach and we didn't know what it was. I went to a few doctors before we figured out it was vitaligo. What was that like for you? At the young age I didn't notice it but around middle school I started to get bullied and, you know, called names. And that's when I was like I'm definitely different. There's something different about me. You had to leave school because of the bullying. Yeah, ended up dropping out of high school at like 17 or 16 because I wasn't even attending classes. I didn't want to be around people. Did you home school? I didn't home school. I didn't finish school. I was going to adult school before I got the call for top model. We need to work on that. I didn't know that. You hear this over and over, did nobody step in? No teachers or counselors to step? It's hard to stop bullying anyway. I can go and tell anyone I'm being bullied and there's something going on but there's not much someone can do other than follow you all the way. It's also the people that are bullying that have to realize that it's not right. You need to stop and with it it's not so much the opinions of others that you need to focus on but your own opinion of yourself. What did they say to you? I was called cow. I remember in middle school around the time people were actually physically fighting me they were like should we milk you and that kind of stuff. Milk shake. Some people think that it's contagious. It's not contagious. No, it's not contagious. She's beautiful this is her skin but it's not catching. Did your parents, how did they handle it? Did they know all about the condition and that it would spread or it wasn't contagious? My parents didn't know anything about the skin condition but my father didn't live with me anyways. So he didn't deal with it in the sense that he didn't hear I was bullied or anything like that. My mom is more of a flight person. She would say walk away. Don't listen to them. It's okay you're still pretty and to this day when parents come to me and say my 4-year-old daughter has it I say I remember thinking my mom was telling me that I was beautiful and that was pretty much what mattered most so I tell parents all around make sure that your child knows that they're beautiful from you first so they're not look from that type of reassurance from other people outside of home. You do a good job on America's next top model. There's some things that happen in the competition and there's some names that are being said and I think you do a very good job of standing up for yourself and for people in general that have something that's differ, interesting, or unique. Tyra you don go easy on her too which I love on this. Yeah. You judge her just like all the models. I said that in casting. I said yes your skin is different but I'll treat you like everybody else. If your walk is whack, I'm not going to soft pedal you. You deserve to be treated just like everybody else. Because of this show and now on social media are you getting tons of support. I feel like I was getting a lot of positive support before the show but I love that there is even more positive support after the show because, you know if people see you on a bigger scale there's more people to see and make fun of and say mean things about my skin but I'm hearing a lot more positive feedback. You have a huge following already but for the show. Before the show it was like you're so beautiful. It's only escalated because now it's millions. Yeah. Well, you're both gorgeous. Tyra you're sticking around. We need to do the Kardashian test. Which Kardashian are you? I think chole but we're going to find out next. I didn't know there was a