Tyra Banks is announcing that tickets for her new modeling theme park are finally on sale. The attraction is priced at $59 for general access, but they go up to $1,495 for the VIP packages. It’s brought up the question of, what exactly you are paying for – and what kind of experience will the 21,000-square-foot park bring – to guests, when it opens on May 1 in Los Angeles?
Tyra Banks is Making Modeling Dreams Come True
According to Tyra, ModelLand is for everyone, and it is not just an attraction. It is a place where all guests will receive posing tips from Tyra Banks through prerecorded footage. They will also be invited to partake in a photo shoot and then receive a digital lookbook, which will be personalized to each individual.
The goal for Tyra is to have individuals understand just how beautiful they are in their unique ways. She is skeptical of how some will perceive this due to some people’s narrow-minded ways of thinking with America’s Next Top Model.
Expanding Her Career
Tyra Banks began her career in the early ‘90s as a runway model walking for brands like Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and more. At this time, black models were overlooked in the fashion industry. She was the first African American woman on the cover of GQ and the first on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. With Tyra’s success, she has moved forward to open this modeling theme park.
To some, ModelLand may seem like just another business venture for the experienced model turned businesswoman. Still, it is also a place where Tyra can help encourage both men and women to find their confidence in their appearance and use it as a tool in their everyday lives.
Either way, Tyra Banks’ new theme park is a way for people to know that the mystery behind her smize lives on.
For so many years, we didn’t have a term for an entitled, privileged person who likes to get their own way and judge others. Now, we call them Karens! Made famous by the white middle-aged ladies with the bad haircuts, now all sorts of people can be called Karens. There’s usually a bit of racism, opposition to certain regulations, and a prevailing will to speak to the manager. So, join us as we uncover all of the celebrity Karens!
No surprises here! Actress Lea Michele has been plagued with accusations of racism towards her former co-stars. First, Samantha Ware spoke up, and then other cast members agreed and reposted. According to them, Lea Michele made them feel unwanted and targeted.
Other reports claim that the star and her family mocked a waiter for being too slow. Lea’s dad apparently banged the kitchen windows asking for his meal. They allegedly asked to speak to his manager and refused to pay for various items.
She may have worked for a fictional Karen for many years, but it seems that Debra Messing herself is the Karen! On one occasion, the actress caused a Hollywood flurry by asking to see who had donated to certain political campaigns.
While we’re all for celebrities getting political, Debra Messing does go about it in a rather Karen-ish fashion. The star got into it with a political campaigner on Twitter, who branded Debra the “leader of the Karen coalition.”
We never tire of talking about the Operation Varsity Blues scandal. And what better example of true celebrity entitlement? Actress Lori Loughlin (and others) was caught in a criminal conspiracy to get her kids into top US colleges. Indeed, her daughters, YouTuber Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose got into the University of Southern California on a rowing scholarship.
The problem? Well, they’d never rowed in their lives. Lori landed in jail for her part in this Karen conspiracy. However, her daughters remain at USC.
In the Venn diagram of Karens, there’s a whole lot of crossover with anti-vaxxers, racists, and just plain ignorance. For a particularly good example, just turn to actress Alicia Silverstone and her book, The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning. Now, that’s a mouthful!
Alicia has suggested that after childhood vaccinations some kids are “never the same” again. We bet she’d also say that if they contracted a case of tuberculosis.
Look, while Karens were first named after a cohort of white ladies, that doesn’t mean they can’t come in other forms. While Karen behavior may be more likely to come from privileged moms, it can also come from other very entitled people. Take Usher, for example.
The star is known for treating hospitality staff poorly, and that’s pure Karen behavior. Reportedly, Usher once signed his name on a bill rather than paying for it. Plus, the multi-millionaire often doesn’t tip!
And right away, we have another male Karen. Viewers actually responded very well to reality star Shep Rose. That is, until he revealed his true self. The laid-back TV personality mocked a homeless woman for collecting cans. Then, on top of being so heartless and rude, he posted the video to his own Instagram account!
Imagine being so entitled that you broadcast your Karen-esque behaviors to the whole world? Shep has apologized and Bravo addressed the incident, but we won’t be forgetting any time soon!
Sigh. It’s constantly disappointing to us that British broadcaster Piers Morgan is still hanging around. Seriously, he was the editor of a newspaper that was shut down because of phone hacking and printing fake photos. Take that man’s phone away! And his job!
As many Karens are, Piers Morgan is repeatedly racist, especially towards strong women. He has waged media campaigns against Meghan Markle and Simone Biles, among others. Plus, he broke lockdown rules while advocating for them on TV.
Here she is! The OG of the Karens! When the Karen meme first came around, Kate Gosselin’s noughties hairstyle was the perfect example of a classic Karen. Now, the TV personality has chopped off the A-line helmet hair and grown out her blonde locks.
That’s probably a good idea. Besides the hair, Kate Gosselin is a Karen in various ways. The mom of eight has been rude and entitled plenty of times throughout her period in the limelight.
Disappointingly, after a few chaotic years, some people are skeptical about vaccines. They might distrust their governments, find it difficult to accept expertise, or prioritize their individual rights. Regardless, we’re firmly putting anti-vaxxers in the Karen category — especially because they so often ignore actual facts.
Supermodel Doutzen Kroes posted a long anti-vax message on her Instagram. She wrote, “I will not be forced to take the shot. I will not be forced to prove my health to participate in society.” A little selfish, no?
Actress Jessica Biel is also an anti-vax Karen. Well, the star said she wasn’t against vaccinations, but against parents being prevented from not vaccinating their child. Jessica actually lobbied against a particular bill that would require a health professional to approve medical exemptions.
In other words, she wants it to be easier to not be vaccinated. As with previous examples, we feel that this qualifies as Karen behavior. There are multiple measles outbreaks in the US right now, and celebs opposing vaccinations surely aren’t helping.
Singer Chloe Lattanzi has also made her views on vaccines very clear. As is pretty common, she denies being an anti-vaxxer. But also, she campaigns against vaccines. No, it doesn’t make sense to us either.
The actress and daughter of Olivia Newton-John has said, “To me, real medicine is what comes from the Earth. I think people trust vaccines because the doctor says it is safe, I used to.” Someone should tell Chloe that poisonous mushrooms are also from the Earth!
While celebrity chef Rachael Ray is sunny and animated on her show, it seems that persona might not be the real her. Former audience members from the star’s series have implied the chef is actually a bit of a Karen.
One review says, “When she came out to greet the audience, she was cold, even seemingly annoyed that she had to do the show… She complained! She rolled her eyes and was not at all the perky, spunky personality we’ve come to know on her show.”
Ay, ay, ay. Writer and actress Lena Dunham has created controversy after controversy since she first appeared on the scene. While the star was celebrated at first, her continual ridiculous claims just became too much to handle.
On one occasion, this celebrity Karen decided that footballer Odell Beckham Jr. was ignoring her at the Met Gala. She claimed that the athlete thought of her as a “marshmallow,” a “child,” and a “dog.” Nope, he was just minding his own business.
Abby Lee Miller
Now, here’s a Karen and a half. Abby Lee Miller is best known for founding the dance school that appears on Dance Moms. The choreographer and reality TV star has faced several accusations and pleaded guilty to felony bankruptcy fraud.
On top of that, Abbey Lee Miller has been accused of racism and creating a hostile environment. Talking about working with the elitist dance instructor, one of the moms from the show said, “It was a traumatic experience that I wish on no one.”
As with Usher, basketball icon Michael Jordan mightn’t be who you think of when you hear the name Karen. But, hear us out. The star has a long record of intimidation, belittling others, and judging people by extremely high standards.
For example, athlete Charles Barkley told Oprah that MJ prevented him from giving money to a homeless man. Apparently, he said, “If he’s able to say ‘Can I have $10?’ he can say, ‘Welcome to McDonald’s. Can I take your order?’” Wow.
She’s the OG of the OC, and undeniably a massive Karen. Reality star Vicki Gunvalson has had too many tantrums to count over the years. On one occasion, the mom of two screamed at a car rental company on the phone for sending a small van. Trust us, it was nuclear.
Elsewhere, the TV personality has furiously screamed across a room while dressed in ‘80s throwback gear. Or, that time she yelled “I’m not changing” at daughter Brianna over scammer boyfriend Brooks. So many examples.
Look, there’s bound to be some crossover between Karens and divas. While we might like the idea of divas, in reality, their behavior can reek of Karen style entitlement. When you add being dismissive or nasty to staff, you’ve crossed over to the dark side.
Take Jennifer Lopez — while the star is super talented and stunning, she’s apparently a snob. A flight attendant reports that when he was serving J.Lo she refused to look at him or respond to him. Instead, she spoke through an assistant.
OK, this one isn’t a surprise. Every time a Reddit thread or tweet asks people for bad experiences with celebrities, James Corden is up there. If he’s not number one, then he’s in the top three. As with our other celebrity Karens, the English TV presenter is known to be rude, entitled, and nasty.
One audience member claims the star “threw multiple tantrums over minor things at the production staff” and that during breaks, “James was glued to his phone.”
For us, it’s extra disappointing when people opposed to vaccines bring autism into the mix. Unfortunately, despite overwhelming medical evidence to the contrary, some people believe there’s a connection between being autistic and having a jab. Actually, there isn’t anything wrong with being autistic.
And it certainly doesn’t come from a needle! Annoyingly, reality star Kristin Cavallari has been advancing this view. She said, “I’ve read too many books about autism and there are some scary statistics out there.” Bye, Karen.
Talk show host Meghan McCain has been knee-deep in Karen-style controversies. The columnist has gotten into it many times on screen, and likes to storm off when she’s not getting her way. Like a true Karen, Meghan McCain doesn’t particularly like to listen to other people.
When the outspoken TV host left the panel on The View, none of her cohosts had anything nice to say to her. Plus, she spoiled the Game of Thrones finale on air!
We’re staying with The View, but regrettably, we’re back to autism-related vaccine claims. No! Save us! Actress Jenny McCarthy has long been on this bandwagon. She posts misinformation, spreads unsupported claims, and endorses dangerous treatments from discredited doctors. People of the world – Jenny McCarthy is not an expert!
At one point, this major Karen claimed that she cured her son’s autism with diet and supplements. A reminder that autism cannot be, and does not need to be cured. Jenny has been dubbed the face of the anti-vax movement.
We’ve had Vicki Gunvalson, so it’s only fair to include her east coast counterpart. Ramona Singer has been stomping around the Upper East Side for decades asking to speak to the manager. She also treats staff terribly, is constantly ignorant, and never seems to face any consequences!
Recently, Ramona’s reality TV colleagues have accused her of posting pictures of herself with black castmates in order to look progressive on the grid. However, when it comes to discussing racism, she’s the first one out the door.
Look, we were hesitant about calling Katherine Heigl a Karen. In the case of working with Seth Rogan and Judd Apatow on Knocked Up, it’s possible the actress just didn’t like her role as an uptight pregnant lady.
However, when it comes to Grey’s Anatomy, we aren’t so forgiving. Famously, the actress didn’t get on with the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes. Plus, it was reported that she was entitled and rude while filming 27 Dresses. The evidence is stacking up!
Likewise, we’ve been big fans of LiLo over the years. Yes, she’s a car crash, but she’s our car crash. However, some of the actress’s antics can’t be overlooked. In 2018, Lindsay posted a video showing a strange situation.
In the video, the actress followed a family down the street while trying to “help” them. Apparently, the family was refugees and the star wanted to put them in a hotel. However, after reaching for one of the kids, the white savior star got punched by his mother.
We said that James Cordon is usually in the top three when it comes to celebrities that treat people terribly. Well, screen legend Faye Dunaway is also up there. The star has an absolutely shocking reputation, and has lost several jobs because of her entitled actions.
In 2019, the actress was fired from a stage production for creating an unsafe work environment. She has been sued by her staff, including a personal assistant who said that the star humiliated him regularly.
Comedian and actress Roseanne Barr has all the ingredients necessary to make a Karen. She’s entitled, she’s racist, and she refuses to properly apologize. For example, when Roseanne’s show was rebooted in 2020, it was quickly canceled because of a racist tweet.
After a huge wave of backlash against the tweet, the comedian claimed that she wasn’t being racist at all. Then, she argued that she’d been taking a pill that had made her drowsy. The pill manufacturers pointed out “racism is not a known side effect.”
Ah, Gwyneth. The Karen who sells to Karens. Or perhaps the rich Karen that sells to other rich Karens. Who knows?! The actress first set up lifestyle brand Goop in 2008, and she’s been facing accusations ever since. In particular, the star spreads a lot of medical misinformation.
This even made its way to Netflix with a series named after the company. Goop and Gwynnie are full of new-age advice. They say we should “nourish the inner aspect.” We’re not so sure about that.
She’s pals with fellow Karen Piers Morgan, so there’s no wonder Sharon Osbourne is also a Karen. The TV personality has been rather nasty throughout her career, and it’s reached a head in recent years. The English star was fired from talk show The Talk after she made racist comments about Meghan Markle.
On another occasion, the star admitted to ripping an oxygen mask off one of her assistants and putting it on her dog during a house fire. Yes, really!
The last few years have made Karens of many celebrities. We reckon that actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens wouldn’t be interested in vaccines and health protocols otherwise. But alas, that isn’t the world we’re living in.
The former Disney star ruffled feathers when she made a problematic comment in 2020. Vanessa Hudgens rather casually said, “People are going to die, which is terrible… but inevitable?” Thankfully, she later apologized for the insensitive words. Still, we have our eyes on you!
Sadly, it seems that acclaimed author J.K. Rowling has gone too far to be rescued. The star seems to have alienated the generation that fell in love with her books for her poor politics. J.K. has been a very strong voice in recent years against rights for trans people.
Sadly, that makes her a massive Karen. As well as that, the author has a reputation of making her characters queer in retrospect but never on screen. Give us gay Grindelwald now!
Alright, so far our top two meanest celebrities are James Corden and Faye Dunaway. Obviously, Ellen DeGeneres joins them to make the top three. The comedian, actress, and host watched her empire fall apart as a result of her terrible, entitled behavior.
While Ellen’s slogan was “be kind,” she ended up being dubbed “the queen of mean” instead. Like a true Karen, when Ellen was exposed as a toxic, nasty, and rude employer, she posted a video of herself crying.
We’re back with the Karen, diva crossover. Again, we argue that Christina Aguilera’s diva behavior spills into Karen antics because she doesn’t treat people well. You can be a diva but still greet people with grace and a smile. Right?
Anyway, Xtina’s Karen attitude led to a ruckus with Mickey Mouse himself. The singer and TV judge started yelling at the famous mouse when he wanted to take his break rather than pose for photos. She supposedly screamed, “Do you know who I am?”
That’s right — we have another diva-cum-Karen. While we enjoy Ariana Grande’s music very much, we’re still not over that donut incident. For anyone that missed it, the “Thank u, next” singer was caught on CCTV cameras licking donuts in a bakery.
She also declared “I hate America.” When she was caught out, our celebrity Karen said that she was simply frustrated by the obesity epidemic in the US. Hmm, that sounds like a great way to get your frustrations out, Ari.
Look, it’s not just us that thinks youngest Kar-Jenner sibling Kylie is a tad entitled. In fact, her own family members have said the same thing. On an episode of their reality series, elder sis Kourt said of Kylie, “She has this, like, entitlement. No one says anything because she’s Kylie Billionaire Jenner.”
In fact, it was discovered that Kylie submitted fudged numbers and isn’t a billionaire at all. The star was also criticized for being tone-deaf during the BLM protests.
Could we interest you in another anti-vax Karen? There are plenty to go around! Actress Leigh-Allen Baker made her name in a number of sitcoms. But, she’s recently been in the public eye because she was caught on camera at an anti-mask protest.
In this clip, the Kentucky-born actress referred to herself as a “California refugee.” This major Karen said she was protesting because of “the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers and also the Bible.”
Anyone that’s followed personal trainer Jillian Michaels knows that she’s horrible to her staff. She’s also had public feuds with a number of famous faces, including Andy Cohen and Teddi Mellencamp. Plus, the TV personality made a nasty comment about diabetes and Lizzo’s body on Twitter.
Hey Jillian — stay in your lane and let Lizzo live, please! Over the years, viewers have watched Jillian Michaels humiliate, intimidate, and manipulate vulnerable people on screen. We see exactly who she is.
Likewise, actress Cheryl Hines is also known for treating her staff poorly. She’s also married to a major anti-vax lobbyist, which tells us a lot. The star says she’s been a personal assistant before, but that it’s normal to treat them badly. She has said, “In the real world, you ask your assistant to do awful, unspeakable things.”
For example, Cheryl Hines once asked her assistant to clean out all of her child’s pet cages. That included multiple dogs, guinea pigs, turtles, and even a hedgehog.
Look, we’ve already explained the diva-Karen crossover, so you can’t be surprised to see Babs on this list. We would never take away from her iconic contributions to music, but let’s be honest, she’s a lot.
Perhaps she has reason to be, but singer Barbra Streisand is very demanding. For example, she requests peach-colored toilet paper, rose petals, and peach towels in her bathroom. She has also demanded her own lighting designer while featuring on a talk show.
You need only look at the quotes posted on Khloé Kardashian’s Instagram account to see that she’s a Karen. She may hide it behind stylish bodysuits and ever-changing glam, but Khlo is a Karen through and through.
For example, the reality star regularly gives her privileged opinion on other people’s bodies and appearances. In one video, she said she “can’t stand” people who complain about their weight while doing nothing. Maybe it would help if they were multi-millionaires too.
We could give several reasons as to why actress Kirstie Alley is on our list of celebrity Karens. But, let’s focus on her reaction to the new 2020 Academy Awards rules. The Academy announced they would be adding diversity standards so that the race for Best Picture was fairer.
Alas, Kirstie Alley lost it. She called the new measures “a disgrace to artists everywhere” and tweeted, “You people have lost your minds. Control artist, control individual thought… OSCAR ORWELL.” It’s actually George Orwell, Kirstie.
For years, she was a much-loved Southern cook and TV personality. But, then it was revealed that Paula Deen had a more sinister side. It turns out the star regularly uses racial slurs and harasses her staff. One of her former employees sued the TV chef in 2013.
As part of this lawsuit, it was revealed that Paula Deen suggested having a “true Southern plantation-style theme” wedding for her brother. However, she decided it wasn’t worth the negative media attention. Too late, Paula!
It’s common for Karens to complain about something and use extremely dramatic language while doing so. We get that everyone struggles — no matter their success, popularity, or wealth. However, it’s important to retain a little bit of perspective when we’re complaining.
For example, take talk show host Kelly Ripa’s comments about her son. When he moved out of their family home, she said he was living in “extreme poverty.” We’re pretty sure that’s impossible when your parents are millionaires.
Actress and commentator Stacey Dash has also stuck her foot in it several times. Or rather, she has expressed her views and they have upset a lot of people. Dash has made lots of comments about the African-American community, including calling for an end to Black History Month.
You can see why we’re calling her a Karen, right? Much like J.K. Rowling, Stacey Dash has also publicly opposed rights for trans people. The commentator no longer works for Fox News, so we’ll see what happens next.
Lately, recently freed singer Britney Spears has spoken out against journalist Diane Sawyer. The popstar said that the broadcaster asked her bigotted and judgmental questions when she was at her most vulnerable.
On Instagram, Britney wrote, “What was with the ‘You’re in the wrong’ approach?? Geeze… and making me cry??? I was a baby… and didn’t understand.” For this reason alone, we’re including Diane Sawyer in our list of celebrity Karens. We know the noughties were a dark time, but she should have known better.
We close our list with yet another journalist Karen. Katie Couric has dined with Jeffrey Epstein at a meal that included Woody Allen, Charlie Rose, and Prince Andrew. That doesn’t exactly sound savory to us.
Katie Couric has also admitted to slapping one of her staffers when he used the word “sputum.” She said, “I sort of slapped him around. I got mad at him and said, ‘You can’t do this to me. You have to tell me when you’re going to use a word like that.'”