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No, Heidi Klum Was Not Fat Shaming, Amanda LaCount Was Just Not Good Enough on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Mriganka Chawla

Mriganka Chawla

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What does a million-dollar dance routine look like? If we are being honest to ourselves, it is not Amanda LaCount. Her auditions for AGT yesterday had the judges conflicted and people outraged because Heidi Klum pressed the forbidden red buzzer. Before we go any further, we have to applaud the 19-year-old dancer for spreading a very important and relevant message of body positivity but does that automatically mean we will ignore her mediocre performance?


Dance steals our heart. Look at V. Unbeatable. Remember Zurcaroh, the Aerial dance group?

Or Future Kingz, The Fortnite inspired dance? Maybe you can recall Ask Da Republik, the Dominican Republic Dance Group? Perhaps Hype, the cool dancing?

These are acts that remind your heart of real talent and make you wonder what you’re doing with your own life.


Amanda LaCount not so much and it has nothing to do with her size. Oscar Hernandez was plus size and he had us all jumping from our seats. I wanted to cheer for him from my roof, LaCount was there and I have seen much better than her.

And as Heidi Klum said, she is probably not going to make it to the next round. Amanda was just not that special and I wouldn’t go to Vegas to see her.

Is Amanda LaCount Talent Or Just Has A great Story?

Before you come at me, I am not the only one saying this. From the outside, it sounds like a good story that’ll probably get a lot of clicks but ask yourself, how true is it? Since when have we seen Heidi Klum be fatphobic? When have we ever seen Heidi discriminate on the basis of weight on America’s Got Talent?


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Just because she is a supermodel with a size 2 waist does not mean she hates fat people. She, like me, did not find the act impressive. Which is okay. If the situation was reversed and Amanda was a skinny woman, we won’t be having this conversation.

I say this with perspective and as a formerly fat person, first of all, don’t correct me and ask me to use the word plus size, I hate that and I can call myself whatever I want.

That said, being fat is not an excuse to be less talented. Being fat is not an excuse to get a free pass from the world. The show highlighted how sad her journey has been as a fat person and the discrimination she has faced due to her size. I can relate to that. I feel that in my bones. But it’s America’s Got Talent for a reason and you can’t replace sob stories in place of talent and not expect to be called out for it.

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About the Author

Mriganka Chawla
Mriganka Chawla is the Managing Editor and occasional host at Talent Recap. She is a skincare junkie with the enthusiasm of a 5 year old that likes to dive deep into the rabbit hole of Reddit. Mriganka is an SEO expert, Penn State Alumna and that feminist girl you don't want to ever date. To relax, she likes to watch murder mysteries and paternity court.

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