By Dana Oliver
"I apologize because that was not my intent," said Banks."It's my number one passion in my life to stretch the definition of beauty. I listen to many heartbreaking stories of women who thought they would be happier if they looked different. I want every girl to appreciate the skin she's in."
Banks said the goal was to create an editorial celebration of the "Hapa," the Hawaiian word and concept of mixed race. Coincidentally, two prominent fashion magazines--French Vogue and V--also recently featured white models painted in dark makeup.
For more on the Tyra Banks controversy, see "Next Top Models" in Blackface and "Think Native" on America's Next Top Model. For more on the colorface issue, see "Colorface" Yesterday and Today and A Brief History of Redface.