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America’s Next Top Model contestant slams show and calls it ‘prison experiment’

America’s Next Top Model contestant slams show and calls it ‘prison experiment’

The former contestant has hit out against the reality TV show

A former-America’s Next Top Model contestant has just come out and slammed the show before dubbing it a 'prison experiment'.

Lisa D'Amato, 40, first appeared on the reality TV show's fifth cycle back in 2005, placing sixth in the competition. She later went on to take home the winning title in Cycle 17: All Stars some years later in 2011.

Despite returning for a second time, it seems like the show wasn't all it was cracked up to be with the model now speaking up about her experience whilst calling out main judge, Tyra Banks.

America’s Top Model contestant has slammed the show before dubbing it a 'prison experiment'.

The series, America's Next Top Model, first hit our screens in 2003, and has since gone on to release an impressive 24 seasons over the course of 15 years - before coming to an end in 2018.

The premise for the program saw a bunch of aspiring models compete against each other in a series of challenges to win various career opportunities in the modelling industry.

Judges joining Banks included the likes of the world's first supermodel, Janice Dickinson, famed photographer, Nigel Barker, and fashion icon, Twiggy - just to name a few.

However, as the show rears its 20th anniversary later this year, the two-time contestant has now called out the show and Miss Banks for allegedly exploiting her 'childhood traumas' for profit.

The ex-contestant called out Banks for allegedly exploiting her 'childhood traumas' for profit.
YouTube/America’s Next Top Model

D'Amato took to her private Instagram account to share exactly what went down all those years ago.

She opened up about feeling landed with 'insane amounts of trauma' while shooting ANTM, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The model wrote: "Plz plz be honest with yourself and everyone else when I say DON’T BE SCARED to truly tell how horrible it was in your interview."

She continued: "Don’t act tough. Be real. Don’t be scared of the fandom. Don’t be scared of Tyra. The light is coming through and more and more [of] the fandom are on our side. Speak up and speak freely."

D'Amato went on to tell her followers that they need to 'fight' for their life, adding: "Do you know who is going to stand up for you if you don’t? Do you know who is going to save your life if you don’t?"

"That s*** was the Stanford Prison Experiment..."
YouTube/America’s Next Top Model

Then, taking her criticisms to a whole new level, the ANTM contestant concluded her anti-Tyra tirade likening the show to the notorious Stanford Prison Experiment ,which took place in 1971.

In case you've never heard of it, the twisted psychological experiment followed a two-week simulation of a prison environment that examined the effects of certain variables on participants' reactions and behaviors.

However, it had to get cut short after just a few days due to the severe mental and physical trauma it caused all involved.

"That s*** was the Stanford Prison Experiment to many of us. Google that s***," she finished.

D'Amato also claimed that Banks blocked her on the platform.

UNILAD has reached out to Tyra Banks and Ken Mok's representatives for comment.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/America’s Next Top Model / Instagram / @lisa_damato

Topics: Film and TV, Celebrity