Everyone has issues with their body. However, in the modeling world, your every problem is pointed out by other people! Read the article below about Tyra Banks and learn how even models deal with body image problems.
In this weekend’s issue of New York Times Magazine, Tyra Banksreflects on the struggles she faced as a model. Tyra, 34, began posing as a junior in high school and admits:
“My biggest obstacle was that I was black and curvy.”
Around the mid-90s — after hitting the runway in Paris and taking a stab at swimsuitmodeling — Tyra began putting on some weight. She says her agency once made a list titled, “Designers who will not book Tyra because of hips and breasts.” They even had a meeting with Tyra’s mother, urging her to put her daughter on a diet.
“My mother told me the whole thing as we were walking down the street in Milan. She said, ‘They say you’re too curvy. Let’s go order pizza.’ We walked into a pizzeria, and we discussed a career change.”
After launching the hit CW show America’s Next Top Model and hosting her own talk show, Tyra, who has a net worth of around $75 million, says she still receives flack about her size. She also remembers when that unflattering photo of her in a one-piece bathing suitfrom a 2006 trip to Australia hit the internet. (Tyra later wore the suit on her talk show to confront critics.)
“It really made me angry. What bothered me is that they were saying there’s something wrong with a woman’s body if she’s not super-skinny. I did not shed tears but I called my talk show and said, ‘I want to say, loud and clear, ‘You can kiss my fat a**.’”
I think that a part of the reason Tyra probably gets a little more flack is because she was once a model and people are used to models being super skinny all of the time.