Tyra Banks is one of the biggest and best supermodels in the world – former supermodel, whatever. The point is, she was legendary in her heyday and while most of us think of her ranting at Tiffany on America’s Next Top Model every time we see her these days, Tyra used to do her thing in front of the camera. She walked in some of the most amazing runway shows and traveled the world to shoot for some incredible photographers for years. Does she miss it? Eh, not really.
What do you miss most about the days when you were just a model?
“I don’t miss modeling very much because I have America’s Next Top Model, so for the past ten years I’ve been creating photo shoots, executive producing the television show, and doing a lot of photo shoots myself. I do look back to those modeling days when it was just some people on your nails, somebody on your hair, somebody on your makeup, and you’re just like, ‘What angle am I going to do today?’ So it was a pretty non-challenging life in terms of not having to micromanage and wear so many different hats, but it wasn’t easy. There’s a lot of isolation with modeling, you’re by yourself constantly, there’s a lot of people telling you to lose weight and that you’re not good enough — your hair, your skin — there’s a lot of pressure.”
Yup, there sure is! It’s definitely a world you want to encourage girls to get into by hosting a televised competition for a contract!
I love ANTM because that show is such a hot mess. It’s well past its prime now so it’s almost as if anything goes. Tyra is insane, the contestants are insane, the challenges are insane… it’s amazing. However, I do wish Tyra would do some more modeling. She was so great!
December 27, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Tyra Banks decided to dress up as 3 major supermodels from past, present, and future (or whatever): Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss (that’s supposed to be Tyra as Kate above), and Cara Delevingne. I think she looks great as Cindy Crawford:
But her Cara Delevingne makeup is just frightening:
Man, Tyra just isn’t good with makeup, is she? Of course she didn’t do it herself. This was all part of a photo project done for Udo Spreitzenbarth for New York Fashion Week. More info is here. Tyra tweeted these photos along with updates like,
Stop by my #NYFW photo tribute to 15 #Supermodels, #Tyra15, 2 see me transformed in2 Kate Upton, Karlie Kloss & more: bit.ly/1apClRq
I really wanna see her as Kate Upton, Ms. Model of the Year.
I think Tyra has their essence down but the makeup is so very White Chicks.
September 10, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Supermodels are judged pretty harshly as they age, and God forbid they ever leave the house without makeup. Sometimes though, I won’t lie, I feel smug satisfaction when some of them are photographed looking crappy because when you hit the genetic jackpot you deserve some bad hair days too. There’s this blind item going around that I think is clearly about Tyra Banks. Here it is, from Downfront 2 via Blind Gossip:
This Supermodel was seen on the street looking very relaxed… with very unsupermodel makeup.
Does she not care anymore? Could this be a sign of retirement? She’s been out of the spotlight for a minute anyway.
At first, I thought it might be about Cindy Crawford since she was photographed yesterday at LAX without makeup on, but Ms. Crawford’s been in the spotlight lately after showing up at Cannes looking fab and then a few days ago, a photo of her 16-year old self modeling in a bikini “leaked”. I did some googling and found photos of Tyra Banks from June 4 “on the street” looking “very unsupermodel”-y. Here’s one of them, from SandraRose.
And here’s another one from a separate NYC outing.
It’s fine, let Tyra walk around without makeup/bad makeup. I like seeing celebs go barefaced. It does seem a little unusual for her though, doesn’t it? Isn’t she known for being super high maintenance?
Yeah, it’s a pretty slow news day.
June 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
“I’m really ready to have some babies. I want babies! I’ve always wanted them, but I’ve been saying ‘I want babies in three years’ since I was, like, 27. And now I’m 28. No, I’m 38 — I think it’s time. [My eggs are] going to be hard-boiled and fried and scrambled up in there, so it’s time to get those eggs working!”
No, but really, does that sound crazy to you? Maybe it’s just because it’s crazy ol’ Tyra, but I feel like this sounds really crazy. Like, I feel like this sounds like something she’d say on a first date and then the guy would sort of giggle and then find a way to sneak out of the bathroom window, and she’d kept texting him things like “call me” and “I miss you” and “I think our DNA would mix really well.”
Also, the rumor is that Tyra is dating a 24-year-old male model. Girl. If that’s still going on, and you want that to keep going on, you better stop going on so hard about babies. Oh, and you better stop talking about your scrambled eggs. That’s just gross.
October 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm by Emily
So, I decided to show my four-year-old this picture and told her that I wanted to hear a story about it after she finished studying it. The following is my four-year-old child’s take on the monstrosity that is Tyra Banks‘ makeup:
Once upon a time, there was a lady. And she met a man. And then she went somewhere in particular. And after that, she went to the beach. So, she went to the beach and saw some dolphins and fish and sharks. And she looks like this because she looks old. And she looks like this because she’s a rockstar. And she looks very mad. And she probably is mad, because I know I’d be mad if I looked like an explosion happened in my eyes. When she went to the beach, all of the dolphins and fish and sharks were very afraid of her because she made mean faces and she probably doesn’t like children. The man didn’t even like her actually, but he played with her anyway because we should be nice to everyone—even if they have scary witch faces.
Can you see where my daughter gets her talent? Come on now.
But really, this is some God-awful makeup application, huh? This looks like something I did by accident once while I was trying to put my makeup on in a moving vehicle (I was the passenger, duh). Only difference is that I had the smarts to wash my face off at my earliest convenience, and definitely before anyone really saw me. Damn. You’re a supermodel, Tyra. You probably have mirrors all over your frigging house. Look into one every one in awhile, huh, girl?
May 10, 2012 at 11:30 am by Sarah
Do you guys watch America’s Next Top Model? If you do, then you definitely recognize those three people up there in that photo. Those people are J. Alexander, Jay Manuel, and Nigel Barker, also known as Miss J, Mr. Jay, and the hottest photographer that I’ve ever seen in my whole entire life. They’ve been on Top Model since the very first cycle in 2003, but not anymore. Because they all got fired.
From Us Weekly:
TyraBanks has one photo in her hand . . . and none of them belong to America’s Next Top Model‘s Nigel Barker, J. Alexander or Jay Manuel.
Host and producer Banks, 38, has fired her panel of experts, The New York Post‘s Page Six reported Friday. They were reportedly informed Thursday morning that their contracts would not be renewed for Cycle 18.
Banks later confirmed that photographer Barker, 39, runway coach Alexander, 53, and creative director Manuel, 39, will be leaving America’s Next Top Model via her official Facebook page.
“To my Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Mr Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America’s Next Top Model,” Banks wrote. “Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us.”
Barker, Alexander and Manuel have been with America’s Next Top Model since its inception in 2003. Previous judges include Janice Dickinson, KimoraLee Simmons, Twiggy, Paulina Porizkova, AndreLeonTalley, BeauQuillian, Eric Nicholson and Nole Marin. As of Friday, judge KellyCutrone is expected to return for Cycle 18.
In a statement, executive producers Bank and Ken Mok tell Us Weekly: “Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander have been an integral part of the America’s Next Top Model brand and they helped turn this show into the household name it is today. They have been amazing assets to the show and will always be a part of the Top Model family. We will continue to actively work with each of them on future projects.”
I love this show, but I haven’t watched it in quite a while. There have only been a couple of seasons that I’ve watched Top Model when it was actually airing: usually I just get in a kick and plow through a whole cycle over a weekend. But if all three of these people are gone? Then so am I, you guys.
On a positive note, Nigel spoke with E!, and he told them that “this isn’t a Tyra thing. This is a network thing,” so that’s good. That means I can keep up my secret admiration of Tyra without all the guilt. That’s something, right?
Will you guys be watching the next season of America’s Next Top Model? Or have you even watched a season since 2008?