Tyra Banks isn’t letting the haters ruin her latest modeling moment.
The “Dancing With the Stars” host appeared on the “Today” show with Kim Kardashian this week and spoke about their “empowering” Skims photo shoot – amid allegations that her body was Photoshopped to appear slimmer.
“This is something I’ve been talking about for decades,” Banks, 48, said. “So, me curvier, me damn near almost 50 years old in this campaign — I think it is pretty empowering.”
Banks – who made history as the first black woman to nab a solo Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover in 1997 – also spoke about how Kardashian convinced her to come out of retirement for the campaign.
“[Kim] said when I was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, she hadn’t seen boobs that were real and big,” Banks recalled of their conversation.
“She said that that gave her self-esteem for her body. So we had, like, a serious conversation, and I finally said, ‘Let’s do this!’”
Kardashian, 41, chimed in, adding, “We just had an honest heart-to-heart conversation, and she got to hear what the brand stands for, why I started the brand — and I’m just all about supporting women.”
Skims’ new “Icons” campaign, which also features Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel, was hit with backlash shortly after its launch when fans accused the company of Photoshopping Banks’ curves.
Many slammed the brand for seemingly editing the pics while trying to promote attire that’s inclusive to all shapes and sizes.
“Appalled to see the amount of photoshop done to Tyra Banks’ body in Kim Kardashian’s new Skims and campaign,” a series of posts shared to Problematic Fame’s Instagram Stories read.
“For a brand that prides themselves on body positivity and inclusivity, this is low. In what world does editing Tyra’s body into a clone of Kim’s endorse any sort of body positivity and inclusivity?”
Skims has not publicly commented on the Photoshop allegations and did not immediately respond to Page Six Style’s request for comment.