Tyra praises model with `smallest waist`

Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 14:40 PM IST

Melbourne: Model Tyra Banks has been criticised for praising ‘America`s Next Top Model’ contestant for having the smallest waist in the world.

Banks promoted images of the woman with a shockingly thin waist in commercials for her hit modelling reality show`s upcoming season.

Banks and her co-hosts gaze at a 188cm model with a waist so small a man`s hands could touch while wrapped around it, In an ad for ‘America`s next Top Model’, according to Fox News.com.

"There`s something about her I like," Banks said.

The ad has already been dubbed as ‘America``s Next Top Circus Freak’ by popular US blog the Frisky, reports News.com.au.

"I am going to give Ann, the six-foot two-inch model with the Barbie doll-sized waist, the benefit of the doubt and assume that she has a pituitary disorder rather than an eating one," blogger Ami Angelowicz wrote.