Charlotte McKinney Believes Dyslexia, Bullying Got Her The ‘DWTS’ Axe

Charlotte McKinney was eliminated on Monday’s night episode of Dancing With the Stars. The bikini model and spokeswoman for Carl’s Jr. blames her dyslexia and judge Bruno Tonioli’s sexist comments for her elimination. Charlotte even went as far as to say that Tonioli’s comment was borderline bullying. The model has been vocal about her experiences with bullying in the past.

Tonioli told McKinney, 22, after her performance on Monday night: “You’re never going to win the Nobel prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes and you produce wonderful shapes.”

Charlotte stopped by on Good Morning America after her DWTS elimination. She spoke out about the bullying comment that Tonioli made.

“To be honest, I just really thought it was uncalled for, especially the week before, I’ve really been trying to be used as a platform for social media bullying and really just stop any negativity and just talk about being positive, and it just came out of nowhere.”

“It was silly but sometimes on live TV you just forget. I mean, I’ve heard it all. At the end of the day, just shake it off.”

It sounds like McKinney is following Taylor Swift’s life mantra. She says that she wasn’t completely shocked by her elimination because she didn’t have enough time to practice as she liked.

“After shooting all day or any press all day and then going to practice you’re just emotionally, physically drained. I just think I had too much stress during all this and I didn’t get to focus.”

Charlotte also blamed her dyslexia for not being able to learn her dance moves. She also stopped by I4U News and spoke with the news anchors about her elimination. Charlotte said that her dyslexia prevents her from learning visually and that she has to learn the steps slowly.

People magazine even asked McKinney to elaborate on her learning disability, especially how it affected her dance moves.

“It comes to play just by focus. I think a lot of my dyslexia makes me just kind of not want to look at the situation. It’s hard. Dancing is all about numbers, and left to right and stuff like that. I think I showed that I did accomplish stuff with it but it’s still there and it’s tough. A lot of people don’t really understand it.”

But I4U News noted that Charlotte spent more time on her phone rather than practicing her dance moves. Charlotte told her dance partner, Keo Motsepe, that she has to use her phone to work. Motsepe works hard to make sure that Charlotte learned her steps, but she was more interested in her phone.

Dancing With the Stars viewers didn’t know much about Charlotte McKinney apart from the racy Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl ad she received controversy for. The model is from Orlando, Florida and is also the face of Guess. Charlotte also models for other fashion brands like Marciano, according to ABC News.

Charlotte McKinney has some big projects coming up. She is going to star in Joe Dirt 2 alongside David Spade.

[Image: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images]

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