During a Q&A at the AOL Build Series, Banks addressed the question of whether or not the industry was liberal and, if it was, why it wasn’t more inclusive.
Banks shut down the idea that the industry itself was liberal, even if people within it were, and went on to slam the fashion world for commodifying people’s bodies.
“[The industry] is liberal and cyclical, and trends,” Banks said. “Oh, it’s a Black-girl season! Oh, it’s a Brazilian season! OK, now where are they? Oh, it’s the Russians! Oh, now it’s the Asian girls!”
“To me, race is not a trend. My skin is not a trend; your skin is not a trend. We are who we are, so we should not go in and out of fashion. My booty, her booty, should not go in and out of fashion, that should just be,” she added.
Watch the full answer from Tyra Banks about the fashion industry below.