Winnie Harlow's controversial comments about America's Next Top Model not advancing her career as a model has been a hot topic for days now. Former ANTM cycle three runner-up Yaya DaCosta is one of the many people speaking out about it.
The Chicago Med star shared her thoughts on her fellow ANTM alum's comments during a chat with PEOPLE.
"When Winnie posted that on Instagram about Top Model not really helping anyone’s careers in the modeling world, there was an outrage. A lot of people supported her and understood and a lot of people didn’t understand where she was coming from," she began.
Sharing her opinion on whether or not ANTM really does positively impact its contestants, DaCosta added, "And so I’m really interested in truth. I think that reality TV is successful inherently because it’s based in illusion. And that’s fine — there’s something fun about that. But as long as girls who do that know that’s what it is. If you want to be a reality star, fine. If you want to be a model, get an agent. Do something else. I’ve always wanted to act so I’m just blessed to be where I am."
America's Next Top Model cycle 21 contestant Winnie Harlow came under fire after she said, "[My success] started after the show, ’cause that really didn’t do anything for my career…which, it doesn’t do anything for any model’s career, realistically," during an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live.
Harlow claims her comments were taken out of context and took to social media to clarify her statement.
Check out her full length statement below:
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