Tyra Banks says Naomi Campbell was 'evil' to her early in her modeling career

Tyra Banks burst onto the modeling scene in the early '90s, but not everyone was ready for that smize.

Banks has talked about the unwelcome reception she received from fellow catwalker Naomi Campbell before — a whole episode of The Tyra Banks Show was devoted to the drama between them — but she discussed it further in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal. She said Campbell was "awful" and "evil" to her and tried to end her career.

Banks spoke of her “very painful early days in Paris." While she booked 25 shows during her first runway season in 1991, she said, "People didn’t know I was going home at night crying my eyes out because the woman I was looking up to seemed like she just didn’t want me to be there and was doing everything in her power to make me go away."

Banks said Campbell, who soared to stardom in the late '80s, was "so awful" to her. She recalled thinking the British model’s behavior was "evil."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: Model / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends the release of the 'America's Next Top Model' mobile game at Avalon on May 3, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Model Tyra Banks is seen leaving The View on April 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Model Tyra Banks attends the discussion for her new book 'Perfect Is Boring' at 92nd Street Y on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Tyra Banks seen on the streets of Manhattan on April 03, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyra Banks
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Tyra Banks visits Build Studio to discuss the new book 'Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss' on April 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 12: Tyra Banks arrives at 'America's Got Talent' season 13 event held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Model/TV personality Tyra Banks attends the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Launch Celebration at Magic Hour at Moxy Times Square on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Tyra Banks attends the screening of Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther' hosted by The Cinema Society on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Tyra Banks attends the screening of Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther' hosted by The Cinema Society on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Tyra Banks visits MTV TRL on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by MTV/TRL/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Model and TV personality Tyra Banks visits Build Studio to discuss the show 'America's Next Top Model' at Build Studio on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Tyra Banks is seen in NoHo on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Model Tyra Banks attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Finale at the Dolby Theatre on September 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Fashion Model / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 live show at Dolby Theatre on September 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Fashion Designer / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends the NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 live show at Dolby Theatre on September 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 29: Tyra Banks arrives at the NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 29, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Tyra Banks arrives at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 22, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Model Tyra Banks performs onstage during the GIRL CULT Festival at The Fonda Theatre on August 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 03: Tyra Banks attends the 2017 Summer TCA Tour 'NBCUniversal Press Tour' on August 03, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: TV personality/model Tyra Banks attends Freeform 2017 Upfront at Hudson Mercantile on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 27: Tyra Banks attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 kickoff at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 27, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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Banks was also quick to clarify that, in her mind, there was never a rivalry between them.

“It wasn’t a rivalry,” Banks, 45, said of Campbell, 49. “I’m very sensitive to that word because a rivalry is between two equals to me whereas one was very dominant, she was a supermodel, and I was just this new girl that had got on a plane from Paris and was studying fashion and magazines.”

Banks did say that she now realizes that the industry pit them against each other. It was as if there was "only one spot available" for the “token” black model.

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We are at a CFDA Awards and we thought it would be fun to do "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." – in photo: Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell & Christy Turlington
This idea came from ID's fashion director Edward Enninful, the hat was by Philip Treacy.
This was a shoot for Louis Vuitton, shot by John Paul Goude. Marc Jacobs is on the other side. You can see his hand holding my knee up.
Peter had come up with the whole story line.  My character was named “Leroy.” This shot was taken under the Brooklyn Bridge.
This shoot was taken in Kenya.  I am wearing an archived dress by Assedine Alaia.  This was the first ever “bandage dress.”
This is at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.  I put this event together to help raise money for the victims of the tsunami in Japan.  I was very proud to be a part of such an important event.
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A poster for my show ‘The Face.”
In 2008, Italian Vogue did a “Black Issue” and had four different women on the cover.  I felt so honored to be chosen as one of them.  I have always been vocal about black models not being used as often and this issue was groundbreaking.  Steven Meisel photographed me for the cover.
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Naomi Campbell walks the runway during Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief 2015 fall fashion show at The Theater at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Model Naomi Campbell lights the Empire State Building on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Honoree Donatella Versace and Naomi Campbell attend the 19th Annual amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Naomi Campbell wearing Burberry attends the Burberry February 2017 Show during London Fashion Week February 2017 at Makers House on February 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Burberry)
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - APRIL 16: Supermodel Naomi Campbell on the grid before the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 16, 2017 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Model Naomi Campbell, hair detail, attends The Sean Penn & Friends Haiti Takes Root Benefit Dinner & Auction Supporting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Sotheby's on May 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Naomi Campbell attends the Fashion for Relief photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Five Seas Hotel on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Supermodel Naomi Campbell attends the 2017 NBA Awards live on TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York, New York. 27111_003 (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for TNT)
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"When I came on the scene, [it was]: 'Naomi, look out. There’s a black girl that’s going to take your spot,’” Banks said.

She added that it wasn’t the same for the white models, including Christy Turlington and Kate Moss: “They weren’t like, look out, another brunette is on the loose.”

In 2005, Campbell appeared on Bank’s daytime chat show and the women got candid about their decade-long feud. In it, Campbell apologized for the way she made Banks feel.

And while the women — who have worked together, including at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows — made nice, Banks said in 2016 that “to this day, I’m very scared of her.”

Related: A look back at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Nadine Leopold prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Herieth Paul prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kelsey Merritt prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: A model prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kelsey Merritt prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Adriana Lima and Ed Resnick pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kelsey Merritt prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Estelle Chen prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Kelsey Merritt prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Herieth Paul prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Winnie Harlow prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Herieth Paul prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Behati Prinsloo prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Chey Carty prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Behati Prinsloo prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Aiden Curtiss prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Megan Williams prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Jasmine Tookes prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Josie Canseco and Iesha Hodges pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Adriana Lima prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lead Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lead Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lead Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lead Hairstylist Anthony Turner prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lead Hairstylist Anthony Turner prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lead Hairstylist Anthony Turner prepares backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Hungarian model Barbara Palvin prepares for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in hair and make-up backstage on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City. - Every year, the Victoria's Secret show brings its famous models together for what is consistently a glittery catwalk extravaganza. It's the most-watched fashion event of the year (800 million tune in annually) with around 12 million USD spent on putting the spectacle together according to Harper's Bazaar. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Namibian Model Behati Prinsloo prepares for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in hair and make-up backstage on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City. - Every year, the Victoria's Secret show brings its famous models together for what is consistently a glittery catwalk extravaganza. It's the most-watched fashion event of the year (800 million tune in annually) with around 12 million USD spent on putting the spectacle together according to Harper's Bazaar. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Lais Ribeiro, Mary Katrantzou , Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes pose backstage during 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
South Sudanese model Grace Bol (R), Tanzanian model Herieth Paul (L), and US model Taylor Hill prepare for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in hair and make-up backstage on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City. - Every year, the Victoria's Secret show brings its famous models together for what is consistently a glittery catwalk extravaganza. It's the most-watched fashion event of the year (800 million tune in annually) with around 12 million USD spent on putting the spectacle together according to Harper's Bazaar. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Aiden Curtiss prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
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