The 45-year-old businesswoman sat down for an interview about her investments, branding and modeling with Wall Street Journal on Thursday (July 18).
During the conversation, Tyra was asked about her relationship with Naomi Campbell and their rivalry.
“It wasn’t a rivalry, I’m very sensitive to that word because a rivalry is with two equals, whereas one was very dominant, and I was just some new girl that got on a plane from Paris,” she explained.
“I had a very painful early days in Paris…people didn’t know I was going home crying my eyes out because a woman that I was looking up to seemed like she just didn’t want me to there, and was doing everything in her power to make me go away.”
“I didn’t understand that as a young girl…the adult me understands that she was reacting to an industry that was all about a token,” she went on to say.
“When I came on the scene – Naomi, look out! There’s a black girl that’s going to take your spot. Only one spot available.”
Watch what Tyra Banks had to say about Naomi Campbell inside…