'Shark Tank' star Barbara Corcoran defends her tweet encouraging women to 'yank up' their skirts to 'get attention' in business

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'Shark Tank' Star Barbara Corcoran Stands By Her Controversial Tweet: 'I Yank Up My Skirt & Get Attention'

Barbara Corcoran is standing by her controversial views on being a businesswoman in a "man's world."

On Tuesday, the Shark Tank star tweeted: "I find running a #business in a man's world to be a huge advantage. I wear bright colors, yank up my skirt + get attention. #WomenInBusiness."

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Corcoran later deleted the message after being accused of sexism, but was quick to defend the tweet on Thursday's Good Morning America. "I totally believe what I said and I'm, frankly, surprised by getting any reaction to it," she said. "I think it's so obvious that if you're a woman or a man -- it has nothing to do with what sex you are -- you really have to plant whatever you got."

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Barbara Corcoran is seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEYOND THE TANK - 'Episode 103' - One of the youngest entrepreneurs to get a deal in the Tank was then 11-year old Ryan Kelly from Stamford, CT in Season 4 with shark Barbara Corcoran for the dog treat business now called Ryan's Ruffery. While the company experiences healthy growth, young Ryan focuses on his schooling and his mother, Daniela, takes care of all the business's needs, despite having suffered two strokes. An understandably concerned Barbara meets with Ryan and Daniela to strategize how to keep the business on track, on 'Beyond the Tank,' FRIDAY, MAY 15 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images)
BEYOND THE TANK - 'Episode 107' - During Season Four, Barbara Corcoran invested in Cousins Maine Lobster, a food truck company providing fresh Maine lobster rolls to the Los Angeles area. Founders Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac from West Hollywood, CA hope to expand into a brick-and-mortar space, but Barbara has her reasons for wanting to hold off on that idea. 'Beyond the Tank' airs THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Gilles Mingasson/ABC via Getty Images) BARBARA CORCORAN
BEYOND THE TANK - 'Episode 110' - Barbara Corcoran invested in The Coop from Los Angeles-based Juliet Boydstun and Lucinda Lent during Season Four. She was surprised to discover the two longtime friends and moms were not making any money or expanding and gives them a perfect plan to grow The Coop, a kid's indoor/outdoor play and party space. The Season Finale of 'Beyond the Tank' airs THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images) BARBARA CORCORAN
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Television personality Barbara Corcoran enters the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on November 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
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The 67-year-old entrepreneur said that she uses her "great legs" to get attention. "I make sure I wear my skirts really high. I yank up my skirt at the midriff, and I walk into a room and everybody notices me," she admitted. "I think it's a great gimmick, actually, if you are smart enough to get attention. I don't think that's sexual in any way, but that's a horse race."

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Corcoran -- who is the author of If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons On Your Pigtails and Other Lessons I've Learned From My Mom -- added that men have similar "gimmicks" to get ahead. "What do men do? They smoke cigars together. They get flashy by pulling in with a Ferrari. They're wearing the Rolodex watch. They're playing golf with their bosses," she touted. "Women don't do those things."

While Corcoran is adamant that there's nothing wrong with using your physical appearance to get noticed at the workplace, she does say that "if you're not using your brain, you're not going to succeed in business."

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"I think it's a wrong message to tell the young woman that they should look like the guys. I just don't think it works in business," she insisted. "If you're beautiful, let yourself be beautiful. I just feel like you should use whatever you got to your own advantage. I see it as the only way to get ahead in business."

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