Tyra Banks' Beautiful Body!
As Tyra Banks works to overcome recent tabloid talk of her being overweight, she continues to encourage young girls.
Tyra Banks is in the news not for a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, not for her talkshow The Tyra Banks Show, and not for her popular program America’s Next Top Model, but instead because of her weight. This long-time model began in the industry at the young age of 18, where she did runway shows for designers like Yves Saint Laurent. At that time, the 5’10” model was naturally skinny and even had issues with being too skinny at only 110 pounds. Now, at 5’10” and 161 pounds, the tabloids claim she has recently gained 40 pounds and have begun calling her names like “America’s Next Top Waddle” and “Tyra Porkchop.” Tyra is speaking out about the now infamous photo of her on a beach in Sydney, that has been posted in print and on several online sites, telling everyone in a recent issue of People Magazine that this photo “is not ugly.”
Beyond the pain that the tabloids have inflicted upon Tyra because of their words, she is more concerned about what her fans will think. Says Tyra in People Magazine, “I get so much mail from young girls who say, ‘I look up to you, you’re not as skinny as everyone else, I think you’re beautiful.’ ” So Banks worries about how these girls will feel when they see tabloids calling her body “disgusting” and “ugly.” Tyra says that since retiring from modeling in 2005, her weight has fluctuated between 148 lbs. and 162 lbs. But Tyra is realistic about her weight and won’t just say “I love myself, I’m beautiful, it’s great,” and pretend all is well. She has her good days where she feels fantastic about herself, and she has her bad days when she can’t fit into her old jeans and doesn’t feel so hot - just like the rest of us! But her main point is that there is no reason that skinny should equal beautiful.
It’s hard to wonder why anyone has the right to comment on Tyra Bank’s weight - or any women’s weight for that matter. We have all been blessed with different bodies, heights, weights, and features – and that’s what makes us each unique, beautiful, and special. If we all looked the same, life would be boring! As Tyra works to overcome her own battle with the media, she continues to work on raising girls’ self esteem by tackling body issues regularly on her show, The Tyra Banks Show. Tyra has also set up the TZONE Foundation, which funds local non-profits that serve disadvantaged girls. Tyra says, “I see myself as being a mentor, even if just a distant one.” Thank God for giving us such positive, beautiful mentors!
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Article Written By: Amy Taylor; Amy is a graduate of FIDM in Los Angeles, CA and enjoys writing and creating pages for Divavillage.com.
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