Tyra Drags Homophobic Contestant on Top Model

Will overhears Denzel and Keith engaging in some homophobic nonsense. Denzel complains to Keith that he would be embarrassed to be sent home by a guy who wears heels —and whines about being perceived as gay because he’s involved in fashion.

Will is understandably upset about the incident and finds unexpected comfort in Adam, who finally comes clean about an incident in college. Adam was found out to have done a bit of gay-bashing in his past. And while his version of events differ from what was reported, his apologies to Will (and by extrapolation the entire gay community) seems sincere. He also gives Will a back-rub.

The argument reaches a climax at judging when Will shows up in six-inch patent leather heels. Tyra inquires about this bold sartorial decision, leading to a confrontation between Will and Denzel.

For perhaps the first time in this show’s 21 cycle run Tyra Banks is the voice of reason: “Who gives a fuck?! I want to take you back 50 years. Imagine you overhear Will say ‘I hope that Denzel guy doesn’t win, because if a black guy wins, my friends at home are going to say I’m in some [censored].”

Video of incident here.