Tyra Banks: “Models have so much pressure today. They have to be skinnier than skinny”

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On the difficult life of a model:

Models have so much pressure today. They have to look good on AND off the set. They have to arrive backstage at fashion shows looking and dressed as if they are already ON a runway. They have to be slimmer than slim. Skinnier than skinny. They have to compete with actresses, recording artists and reality stars for magazine covers and ad campaigns. They have to have tons of followers on social media to book top notch jobs. And they have to do selfies that make them look relatable, but not TOO relatable, because then people may comment that they don’t understand, “Why the heck is THAT girl a friggin’ model??!!!!”

When I was a young model, yeah, we had to think about our weight, but not like today. I think I was size 6, not a size 0. And backstage at fashion shows, I looked like this photo you’re looking at. Yep, that’s teenaged me right before a YSL show was about to start in sneakers, plaid flannel and bad jeans. Mr. Yves Saint Laurent could care how I looked when I arrived to his show. But when I hit his stage, he expected excellence. And I made sure I delivered that every time I was chosen to walk his amazing runway.

I’m sending love and hugs to all working, aspiring and super models worldwide. You all have lots to live up to. And I’m here cheering for you every single day. Stay strong girls.

… says Tyra on Instagram.

More shots of her next!

 

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Tyra Banks: “My body being thicker on that runway meant something”

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On the fact that she’s a feminist:

“I do consider myself a feminist, yeah. Totally. Even when I was a model with my bra and panties on for a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Sure, I was stompin’, and I know guys were like, ‘Woo, look at Tyra.’ But I know that my body being thicker on that runway meant something. A lot of the things I did in my modeling career as a woman of color was part of that feminism–of expanding the definition of beauty and making women feel beautiful, no matter what color their skin is.”

… says Tyra.

 

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Tyra Banks Wears a Fishnet Stocking Over Her Head – Wow or Eww?

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This, umm… innovative accessory definitely requires an explanation – and it comes from US Weekly:

Tyra Banks was in a DIY mood for Thursday’s Roberto Cavalli at French Vogue’s 90th Anniversary Party in Paris.

The model and TV host, 36, paired her tight black gown with a bizarre accessory: a netted mask pulled tightly over her head.

And Banks didn’t get the look through an avant-garde designer. “It’s homemade,” she Tweeted.

After fans incorrectly guessed that the mask was underwear, a hair net, curtains and a “wig cap,” Banks explained, “mask is [some] cheap FISHNET stockings I got n crazy store n Paris! I cut em up n made it y’all.”

Banks added: “[I] did my own hair n makeup.”

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Is anybody a fan of this look?

Tyra Banks Wears a Fishnet Stocking Over Her Head – Wow or Eww?

P.S.: I wonder if and how she ate / drank anything at the party?


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