Tyra Banks 'Outraged' She's Too Old for Victoria Secret's Runway

Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:14 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Tyra Banks is outraged that she was turned down by Victoria Secret after reportedly asking to be a part of last December's fashion show on CBS. Could it be that one of Victoria's Secrets original Angels is now too old at 40?

An  unnamed source told the celebrity gossip website RadarOnline.com that the California-born Banks contacted Victoria Secret and suggested that she make a "surprise" appearance on the runway during the fashion show. She knows her way around a runway, having been one of Victoria's Secrets original Angels being featured in ads from 1997 through 2005,

Banks, who was apparently "dying to appear on the runways," was "rejected by the brand and the network, despite her long affiliation with the company," the source told RadarOnline.com. "She’s outraged and is threatening to never to work with Victoria’s Secret again."


"Tyra’s feelings were hurt because the excuse she was given is that the audience likes to see the newest models, not the 'veterans,' on the runway during the VS TV show," the source added.

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Despite the alleged claim that the lingerie brand was showcasing only new blood, the fashion show, which drew in nearly 10 million viewers, showcased veteran Angels Adriana Lima, 32, and Alessandra Ambroiso, 33, for their respective 14th and 13th year anniversaries with the brand, The Daily Mail reported.

Despite the bruised ego, "Tyra doesn’t want to make a public spectacle out of the snub, because it would make all the parties involved look bad," the source added. "But she isn’t happy."

Beyond her modeling career, Banks, who was the first African-American woman to be featured on both GQ and Sports Illustrated covers, is the creator and host of her reality television show "America's Next Top Model," and used to have her own talk show, "The Tyra Banks Show."

Frequently making Time magazine's "Most Influential People" list, Banks is said to have a net worth of $90 million, according to CelebritiesNetWorth.org.

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