Would Tyra Banks Be Considered 'Too Heavy' to Be a Model Today?

Living 2012/05/17 17:12:16
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Tyra Banks has transformed her modeling success into an impressive career spanning fashion and TV. But if she were getting her start today, looking like she did as a teenager, she says she'd be considered too fat to get hired. Find out what her mom had to say about it at 1:10 in the video below!

In an open letter congratulating Vogue for its recent decision to ban "too skinny" models, Tyra writes in The Daily Beast: "Many of you have graciously said that you want to have the same type of career that I’ve had....But the truth is that if I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did. I would’ve been considered too heavy. In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero."

"In my early 20s I was a size four," she writes. "But then I started to get curvy. My agency gave my mom a list of designers that didn’t want to book me in their fashion shows anymore. In order to continue working, I would’ve had to fight Mother Nature and get used to depriving myself of nutrition.

"As my mom wiped the tears from my face, she said, 'Tyra, you know what we’re going to do about this? We’re going to go eat pizza.' We sat in a tiny pizzeria in Milan and strategized about how to turn my curves into a curveball. In a way, it was my decision not to starve myself that turned me into a supermodel, and later on, a businesswoman." Do you think young Tyra would be considered "too heavy" to be a model today?
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  • lil_lette84 2012/05/19 12:09:09
    Maybe by modeling standards. Maybe by designer standards. But plus sized models are doing more now than what they were in the 80s and I don't think she would be "too fat" for the runway. Period. Her momma taught her right!!
  • Flyingbug lil_let... 2012/05/19 16:29:36
    It's not just modeling, Lil_letter. Ballet is also notorious for insisting on thinness--and I've read of one ballerina who died because of it.

  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/05/19 10:31:34
    She was one Tyra Banks
  • Resp 2012/05/19 07:56:22
    I bet she could be considered too stupid though!
  • MALIK Resp 2012/05/19 12:58:03
    why and what would make you think such a thing? ahhh I get it only two things jealousy and racist
  • Resp MALIK 2012/05/20 09:07:07
    Stupidity has nothing to do with jealousy nor skin-color nor race. Are you parents brother and sister?
  • pammerjammer 2012/05/19 07:25:51
    Boys with tits, that is a model. I do not even think Twiggy was a zero.
  • ♥wrecklyss♥ 2012/05/19 07:13:32
  • Matt ♥wreckl... 2012/05/19 17:42:12
    well back here in the real world not everyone can be beautiful... if so then it would just become average....
  • ♥wreckl... Matt 2012/05/19 18:37:59
    Not true. Everyone on this planet is beautiful, but some don't see it.
  • Meh ♥wreckl... 2012/05/20 20:41:59
    I agree with you!
  • Matt ♥wreckl... 2012/05/24 17:44:56
    ~shrug~ ok then everyone is beautiful, no one is average, no one stands out from anyone else as being better looking, and female news reporters, weather girls and actresses are not replaced by younger women because they are better looking, but simply because they are tired of thier jobs and want a change...
  • Dzeeng 2012/05/19 07:11:14
    She is captivating!
  • shelby 2012/05/19 06:22:21
    She's not fat r u guys crazy
  • dzzshadz 2012/05/19 06:14:51
    Not even close.
  • serena moon 2012/05/19 05:15:22
    serena moon
    like last time again and again,there are people that think all women shoul be like they where dying of hunger what are they thinking dont they see people really dying because of it.,are they mad ,is sad to be a model
  • Stephy 2012/05/19 05:14:41
    The models we have today are too skinny!!! And they are so skinny that it's becoming deadly!!!!
  • ~TheDreamer~ 2012/05/19 05:14:09
    There is a such thing as a plus size model...those models look more real that the other ones anyway.
  • Sapphire101 2012/05/19 04:19:40
    No, people shouldnt discriminate so much based on weight. If she's really that worried she will lose weight, so just for now relax and dont call her too fat, she isnt overweight for her current job!
  • Luxxie 2012/05/19 03:54:44
    The designers create all the runway clothes at only one size and they hire models that will FIT in those clothes. It's just one ethic in the modelling industry. Just imagine how time consuming it would if they created runway clothes at different sizes and then do the casting. But I guess in the 80's they were less strict about that.
  • mas 2012/05/19 02:59:32
  • Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/19 02:45:55
    You'd have to be a dumbass or gay to see her as anything but all woman. The stick-girls in most magazines do nothing for me. I have a S-I calender of Tyra on my bathroom door!
  • Edie 2012/05/19 00:45:17
    Yes, however, there are many things she can do just not modeling her time in the limelight has past she needs to move on to whatever she can excel at now. She enjoyed her days of beauty and glory they are just no longer hers but another model has moved in.
  • Blank 2012/05/19 00:25:43
    no not at all :)
  • TMan 2012/05/19 00:04:12
  • El Prez 2012/05/18 23:46:47
    El Prez
    She isn't but the idiots in that business might think she is.
  • lynda.appell2 2012/05/18 23:42:56
    TBH uncertain. Response is a gut reaction. Offhand I'd say no. At least I hope so. When I see dress or jean sizes for women of 6 or 4 or less I wonder what ever happened to size 10. Or at the very least an 8? I think any size lower than a 10 encourages anorexia or bulianorexia. Yes its a fact one can be too thin.
  • Joanna ... lynda.a... 2012/05/19 16:02:29
    Joanna the Great
    lower than a size 10?? are you f*cking serious?some people are JUST SKINNY, they aren't "anorexic". moron.
  • Meh lynda.a... 2012/05/20 20:46:27
    Some people are naturally small. I'm a size 0-2, and I'm in the middle of the healthy weight range on a BMI chart. I have never had an eating disorder, because I'm too f#cking gorgeous to feel insecure about my body. (Gotta love the way you look, screw models.)
  • relic 2012/05/18 23:25:25
    Not by me!
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/05/18 23:23:19
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    Need to get rid of the Barbie doll image machine that makes normal sized females ashamed because of their weight. I don't remember 0 size clothes when I was young.
    I think we would have said that was stupid, they should now.
    Quit trying to make anybody non-anorexic out to be fat.
  • relic Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/05/18 23:29:49
  • adeenmckenziekennedy 2012/05/18 23:08:18
  • Justina Jackson 2012/05/18 23:05:13
    Justina Jackson
    Shes beautiful and an amazing woman! and when i was younger models were much prettier she modeled when she was suppose to people now want walking hangers ew
  • sash 2012/05/18 22:54:38
    Models are supposed to be living hangers. The clothes are supposed to stand out, not the models body, so the thinner the better.
  • Elizabeth 2012/05/18 22:53:47
    Maybe a little.
  • joe mauro 2012/05/18 22:49:32
    joe mauro
    but chris christie is too fat
  • VicenteC joe mauro 2012/05/19 03:15:26
    Beach ball with lips....what I can't figure is why is there talk about him for VP. I'm sorry folks as much as it may be said that to be a VP or President, weight shouldn't be an issue. I disagree, even tho they are capable of probably doing the job as one who maintains a good physical appearance,,,that would be, to me any one who represents our country should maintain a good physical appearance. I totally went off subject, but every time I see this guy, besides his authoritarian narcissistic image, that BBWLips gives me the jeevies...Oh an this Tyra Banks, has a beautiful face and its all in the eye of the beholder... and at the end of the day, I still don't get any richer diddy dadiling about her image, where she is either thru modeling or other media outlets
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/05/18 22:08:07
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    if anything, i think people are more accepting of models with curvier body types today
  • Howling Hank 2012/05/18 22:06:10
    Howling Hank
    No. She looks good enough for several lap dances...not like some of the land whales you see at Walmart....

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