A while back, Tyra Banks started searching for a “fiercely real” plus-size teen model – find out more about the initiative HERE!
Tyra just selected the winner of the competition – but first, let’s hear Tyra’s thoughts about the concept:
The term “Plus-sized” models sounds super old fashioned… so I’m changing the term “Plus-sized” into “Fiercely Real”! The average size of a woman in America is a size 14. Our new winner, Sheridan, now represents for all the real sized women who have been ignored by the media. As you know, the mission of my B.I.O. (Beauty Inside & Out) campaign is to expand the definition of beauty. The Fiercely Real Model Search is one way that I’m doing just that.Â Hundreds of thousands of teen girls sent in their best model pictures to Tyra.com, but only 6 finalists made it. After competing in 5 challenges, Sheridan, the 17 year old, size 14, fierce teen from New Jersey came out on top.
Let’s meet the winner Sheridan Watson – via Vogue Curvy:
Sheridan Watson, 17, loads of chocolate-colored curves perfectly distributed over 5ft.10in. may convert legions of American women to the religion of wellness and common sense. “You have to learn how to eat healthily – she statesÂ – if you want toÂ get thinner it is equally dangerous to fast and to gulp down junk food until you explode. And it is important to exercise regularly”. At this point we can’t help but ask her how did she reach size 14 since she swears she’d rather eat yoghurt than ice-cream and tells us she takes a 30-minute walk every single day. “I owe my figure to my genes – she claims – my mother is as curvy as I am, and in any case I try to be careful: I don’t want to be too fat, obesity is a real disease”.
See some more pictures of the fiercly real winner after the jump, then share your thoughts!