Tyra Keeps Top Model Dream Alive for NYC Scuffle Sufferers


For those lovely ladies who were prevented from trying out for America's Next Top Model Saturday, fear not. Tyra Banks has your back.


"To all the Top Model hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren't seen, get an opportunity to audition-we'll update you on our plans very soon," read a bit of Tyra Mail released Monday.


"ALL" the girls weren't seen because a stampede broke out among the horde of petite posers gathered in Manhattan for an open casting call, triggered by a fight further down the line, as well as by panic that ensued when rumor of a car bomb (really just a smokey BMW) broke out.


At about 6 p.m., long after the cops (three people arrested) and ambulances (two hospitalized) had done their duty, about 100 women lingered outside the Park Central Hotel. About a half hour later, they were informed that the auditions were over and they should head on home.


But Banks is determined to keep the dream alive.


"It is so important to me to redefine beauty, and make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream," she said. "I am beyond excited for Cycle 13; for the first time ever, young women 5'7" and under have a shot at becoming America's Next Top Model! I encourage each girl to come out ready to rock the runway and show off their fiercest pose. I'm rooting for all of you!"


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