The Tony-Nominated Broadway star and actress in Orange is the New Black, Danielle Brooks is linking up with social media to discuss America’s Next Top Model and their lack of plus size models on the 24th cycle of the show. Danielle Brooks’ “open-letter” about plus size visibility needs to be heard. Her series of messages on Twitter and impactful posts on Instagram all address the fact the reality show which does not feature one single plus-size contestant, yet the plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham is a judge with host Rita Ora.
Whitney Thompson is still the show’s sole plus-size winner, which she won in 2008. Ashley Graham commented on the shows lack of full figured models to E! News by saying, “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen for this round, but that’s alright.” For Danielle Brooks, this is totally NOT alright. She wrote:
The actress continued writing, “We are worth these incredible opportunities. We deserve to be seen.” Brooks’ followers are incredibly supportive of her message towards America’s Next Top Model as well. One fan wrote, “preach, girl. Thanks for using your voice/platform to generate awareness. It’s time for all kinds of beauty to be showcased,” which totally exemplifies the overwhelming power that social media for spreading positive messages.
The representation of all body types is essential to a show with such a large following and viewership. Danielle Brooks is voicing her anger, and rightfully so. To come one step further, only to revert one step back is not a good, fierce look for America’s Next Top Model. Keep talking, Danielle!