Alright, well not this IMMEDIATE photo, because I wanted you guys to make sure you knew what girlfriend looks like in the daylight, with probably tons of makeup and under super-special lighting, because Tyra Banks, though crazy as a burning house of bats on acid about different things, is still a beautiful, beautiful woman.
And the no-makeup photo, which is after the jump, is definitely still a photo of a beautiful woman who’s been gifted with natural beauty, but once again, I stick to my guns that almost anyone can be as striking as a supermodel with the invention of Photoshop and airbrushing.
Check out Lady Tyra in her natural glory.
April 20, 2011 at 10:30 am by Sarah
This is a photo of Tyra Banks. Do you see those people behind her? That’s the public. She wore some damn fishnet over her head in public – to the 90th anniversary party for French Vogue, no less. I bet she was super smug with herself while she was getting ready for this event, like she just grabbed up some of those super cheap stockings in those quarter machine capsules and when she got home she had a stroke of “genius” and made a mask, just like some small children playing Cops and Robbers with only their mother’s fetish wear to use for accessories. But wait! It wouldn’t be fair for me to bet on that, because I already know that’s what happened:
Banks didn’t get the look through an avant-garde designer. “It’s homemade,” she Tweeted.
After fans incorrectly guessed that the mask was underwear, a hair net, curtains and a “wig cap,” Banks explained, “mask is [some] cheap FISHNET stockings I got n crazy store n Paris! I cut em up n made it y’all.”
Banks added: “[I] did my own hair n makeup.”
Tyra, I love you. I really, really do. I still watch America’s Next Top Model, I still get excited when your episodes of Fresh Prince come on, and I still feel compelled to buy Cover Girl products because that mascara just looked so pretty when you wore it and smiled with your eyes. But at this point, I love you like I love Seamus, the man that fell out of a second story window when he was a child and now spends his days riding around town on his bicycle – I think that you’re really a good person with great intentions, but every time I see you, I can’t help but think “there is no way that this person is completely there.”
October 1, 2010 at 10:26 am by Emily
Oh, Tyra. How I love to hate thee. Tyra is SO open-minded, you guys. She ran a contest for teenage plus-size models. Except she doesn’t call them “plus-size.” She would never do that. Because Tyra Banks has no idea how to properly hyphenate anything. She also thinks the term is unfair, because apparently the average woman in the United States is a size 14, so this is “real-sized.” (Without the hyphen, ‘natch.) She calls these teens “fiercely real.” This was the Fiercely Real Teen Modeling Competition. CATCHY.
And, I’m sorry, but weren’t we hearing just a few years back that the average woman in the U.S. was a size 12? It’s a size 14 now? And that’s the average? I’m not saying that a size 14 is a big fatty, but, like, that’s a whole hell of a lot of people who are heavier than a size 14. At what point are we going to stop pushing weight acceptance and start pushing healthy eating, portion size, and exercise? Because, like, sure, it’s all good and well to tell our children that they are just fine at any size or shape. In fact, they are just fine at the one-legged shape they’ll have when they have their leg amputated because their diet of fats and sugars has resulted in raging Type 2 diabetes that wasn’t properly treated because no one’s insured in this country. And then they can die of an obesity-related heart attack in their mid-40s. AND THAT IS JUST FINE AND BEAUTIFUL. NO PROBLEM AT ALL HERE. MOVE ALONG. TAKE A BIG MAC FOR THE ROAD.
Rant over. You may all explain in the comments why I’m an asshole and obesity in this country does not at all need to be aggressively addressed rather than babysat.
Anyway. Whatever. Of course you can’t get a whole damn show for this, because we only like to watch thin people on TV, so Tyra ran most of the contest on her website and then brought the finalists onto her talk show. The winner is Sheridan Watson, a 17-year-old teen who’s a size 14. She wins a three-year contract with Wilhemina (which the agency will promptly file in a back drawer and forget about — because, remember, a “contract” with a modeling agency doesn’t mean shit if they don’t get you work) and gets to be in Seventeen magazine, like, once.
That said, this is a very beautiful young woman who a) doesn’t even look plus-size in photos and b) will not have a career in modeling.
March 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm by Evil Beet
I have to hand it to Tyra Banks: She’s a pretty damn good business woman. Or, you know, she has a really good team of people behind her that are invested in her making lots and lots of money. Either way, between her America’s Next Top Model franchise and her talk show, she’s earned herself the spot of one of television’s highest earning women and that’s noteworthy. However, as someone with her eye on the prize, she knows that she can’t keep making money off of telling people to kiss her “fat ass” and showing her audience what she looks like without her weave. Nope, now she’s moving on to conquer the world of film. It was announced today that the fifth season of her talk show will be her final and she’ll be concentrating her efforts on producing movies.
Her company, Bankable Productions, wants to focus on bringing positive images of women to the big screen, which isn’t something I’m going to complain about. It seems like Tyra’s following the Oprah Plan to a T. One thing, though? If Tyra’s going to dedicate her career to empowering women through media, do you think maybe ANTM can scale back on the catty girl drama? I would truly buy Tyra’s whole “girl power” bit if she didn’t also produce and star on a show that’s an adult beauty pageant where mean girl behavior was so prevalent.
December 28, 2009 at 9:07 am by Molls
Tyra Banks got in to the Halloween spirit today on her show, and according to JustJared, the model donned three different costumes all based on people from TV. Her first costume though, was Kim Kardashian and while I honestly think she looks more like Kourtney, Tyra really pulled it off. Both Kim and Tyra are curvy women who consider themselves to be entrepreneurs (except, well, Tyra kinda actually is and Kim has yet to prove she can sell anything that’s not a sex tape) and dabble heavily in reality TV.
What celebrities are you dressing up as and how are you pulling off your look?
October 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm by Molls
Today Forbes released their list of the highest paid women in primetime and I’m sure that more than one of the names will completely shock you. Tyra Banks took first place with her America’s Next Top Model hosting gig (making over $30 million in a twelve month period), and was followed by the Snow Princess herself, Katherine Heigl, whose earnings will also shock you. The complete list is here:
- Tyra Banks: $30 million
- Katherine Heigl: $18 million
- Marg Helgenberger: $9.5 million
- Eva Longoria: $9 million
- Mariska Hargitay: $8.5 million
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $8 million
- Maura Tierney: $8 million
- Tina Fey: $7 million
- Marcia Cross: $6.2 million
- Jennifer Love Hewitt & Ellen Pompeo (tie): $6 million
For the most part these ranking make sense, except for Tina Fey’s #8 spot, as she also writes and produces her hit show 30 Rock. Also, Jennifer Love Hewitt can still rack in 6 million a season for a TV show? Who knew? Do people still care about her? I was unaware. I’m also a bit surprised that a Seinfeld alum like JLD isn’t worth more than Heigl, who beside being a complete brat on and off the set of Grey’s, only makes crappy romantic comedies these days.