Tyra Banks: I'm a character on ANTMTyra Banks says she’s playing “a character” when she is on America’s Next Top Model. The model created the reality TV series, which aims to find the next big face in the fashion world.

Tyra heads up a panel of judges, made up of various experts in the fashion industry. She is renowned for being tough on the participants but says her formidable personality is all just an act.

“When I did my show, I also created a persona,” she said in an interview with Larry King. “It’s a character, like, in real life, I’m passive-aggressive… I’m even in coaching to, like, learn how to be confrontational.”

Larry went on to tell the former Victoria’s supermodel that she was very sexy. However, the 38-year-old claimed she only looks good in pictures.

“I’m not sexy in real life!” she protested. “I can turn it on for a picture, but… I’m not sexy right now.”

America’s Next Top Model features a group of women who are competing for the title by taking part in photoshoots and runway challenges. Every week a girl is eliminated until a winner is found. The hit show is now in its seventeenth cycle and has spawned different versions across the globe. © COVER MEDIA