After taking a brief hiatus from hosting "America's Next Top Model," Tyra Banks is back in her rightful spot at the judging panel! And to celebrate this momentous occasion, she posed as a "fierce" tiger for Paper Magazine's Winter 2017 issue.
While many fans praised the shoot, they're definitely missing a major flaw with these photos, one Banks should have picked up on.
What's even odder is that Banks uses the interview as an opportunity to highlight the progressive changes in the "ANTM" casting, despite the creative direction of the shoot.
This is the first year that the show won't have an age limit. “Who says 40 is too old to get your model game on? Not me, boo," Banks told Paper.
But Banks, who is clearly trying to break stereotypes in fashion with this rule, is simultaneously encouraging them with this photo shoot. It's true that the creative direction and styling was done by well-known stylist B. Akerlund (who's worked with Madonna and Beyoncé), so it's unclear if Banks had a say in the overall aesthetics of the shoot, but she should've called out the potentially offensive elements beforehand.
In the Paper shoot, Banks is also crawling on the ground and wearing cat ears, but this is definitely not the first time Black women have been stuck with jungle/jungle cat themes.
Teyana Taylor also transformed into a cat at the conclusion of Kanye West's "Fade" video.
Just like with Banks, Taylor's "fierceness" (in addition to protecting her child like a "lioness") was the explanation for why she became a cat at the video's end, the choreographer, Jae Blaze, told Pitchfork. OK then.