- A model who appeared on cycle 9 of “America’s Next Top Model” said they were paid $US38 ($AU54) per day.
- Sarah Hartshorne told the New York Post the allowance paid for food while Tyra Banks made millions.
- “They didn’t even give us a microwave to heat the food up,” Hartshorne said.
A former model who appeared on “America’s Next Top Model” (“ANTM”) said contestants were paid $US38 ($AU54) per day, which would go towards their meals during the show.
Speaking to the New York Post in a story published on Wednesday, Sarah Hartshorne, 34, who appeared on cycle 9 of the show in 2007 when she was 18, said she was not “paid a penny for being on the show.”
“We were given a $US38 ($AU54) daily cash stipend that we had to use to pay for our own food,” she said. “And they didn’t even give us a microwave to heat the food up.”
Representatives for Sarah Hartshorne, Tyra Banks, and The CW did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Forbes reported that Banks had $US30 ($AU42) million in total earnings during a 12-month period between June 1, 2008, and June 1, 2009. This predominantly consisted of revenue from her role as creator and host of the CW reality competition, as well as earnings from her daytime talk show and other cameo appearances.
The show ran for 12 years from 2003 until 2015 when it was canceled, Variety reported.
Hartshorne, whose Instagram bio states she is a retired plus-size model now working as a comedian, posted an Instagram video on Wednesday discussing her time on the show, which has over 2,000 views at the time of writing.
The video answered messages from some of her 10,800 followers who asked why she puts the show in her page bio if she “hated it so much.”
“I never said I hated it, show me where I said that. The tweet that has everyone up in their feelings is literally just numbers and facts,” she said, referencing a tweet she posted on Tuesday that garnered over 55,000 likes. The tweet, which mentioned what Hartshorne later told the New York Post, read: “$US40 ($AU56) a day, no residuals, and we had to pay for food.”
“I’m glad that I did it, I also think that we should have been paid,” Hartshorne continued in her video.
She added: “Some people regret that they did the show and they have a lot of anger and that is really valid, and I do not want to take away from that at all even though it is not my personal experience.”
Banks has faced a number of criticisms over her past creative choices on “ANTM” and treatment of participants, Insider’s Claudia Willen previously reported.
In one instance, Banks faced criticism over a resurfaced clip in May 2020 where she asked 2006 cycle 6 contestant Danielle Evans why she had not closed the gap between her teeth after a trip to the dentist, and told her a tooth gap is “not marketable.”
Addressing the negative attention in a tweet posted on May 9, 2020, Banks agreed that the show had been insensitive at times.
—Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) May 9, 2020
The post read: “Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you. Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs.”