Tyra Banks’ Cheeky Response to Fans Who Poked Fun at Her ‘Jurassic Park’ Dress

Tyra Banks had a cheeky response to fans who poked fun at her “Jurassic Park” dress. The Dancing with the Stars host wore a burgundy gown on the show’s Sept. 27 episode that drew a lot of comparisons to the prehistoric animals featured in the 1993 film. A photo of Banks in the gown went viral after some fans posted it side by side with images of the dinosaurs in the movie. This flood of questionable press caused Banks to respond to the commentary.

Tyra Banks wears her controversial "Jurassic Park" dress on the set of "Dancing with the Stars."
Tyra Banks | ABC/Eric McCandless

The dress that caused such controversy

Banks walked onto the set of Dancing with the Stars on Sept. 27 wearing the House of JMC dress. The DWTS host credited costume designer, fashion illustrator, and stylist Natalia Barzilai and Eric Archibald for the look put together by the House of JMC for the series. The gown featured a large fan accent that covered the top half of her body.

Banks took to Instagram to show off her high-fashion style. In the caption of a photo where she modeled the gown, Banks penned a caption where she asked her followers their thoughts on the high-fashion look.

She posed the question, “Wings or a Fan?”

Social media users quickly added their ideas regarding the dress, saying it looked like characters from the dinosaur film or even bowtie pasta.

Tyra Banks’ cheeky response to her critics

tyra banks with martin kove and britt stewart
Tyra Banks talks to former “DWTS” contestant Martin Kove and pro-Britt Stewart | ABC/Eric McCandless

In an interview with E! News Daily Pop on Tuesday, Sept. 28, Banks explained the look she was trying to achieve.

“There’s a base of that dress. It looks like a normal, beautiful dress from the ’90s,” Banks said of the now-viral look.

“Then I go on the stage in front of the audience and everybody, and I put on the wing thing. And everybody was like, ‘Oh!’ because they thought the first thing was the normal dress,” she continued.

 “I call it Victoria’s Secret wangs. It’s not wings. It’s got an ‘A,'” Banks joked. “That’s how we did it.” 

As a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Banks wore large white wings in several of her walks during the brand’s annual fashion show, which ended its run in 2019.

Tyra Banks is proud of her connection with Victoria’s Secret

Tyra Banks on the Victoria's Secret runway.
Tyra Banks | KMazur/WireImage

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Banks’ homage to her modeling past shows how proud she is of the path she has blazed for those models who came after her.

The former VS Angel penned a lengthy caption attached to an Instagram post featuring a shot from her runway days.

In it, she wrote of her affiliation with the brand. She said, “I was the first Black Victoria’s Secret contract model ever. The first Black Victoria’s Secret Cover model. The first Black VS model to do so many other groundbreaking things with the brand as well as other brands.”

“To the new collective of ROLE models, I may have cracked that door open, but y’all are charging through. Keep on keepin’ on until we all LOSE COUNT of how many are breaking through behind you,” she concluded.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.