For much of her life, Tyra's bodacious body has been her stock-in-trade. The glamazon beauty came to fame as a Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model. More than just a pretty face, Tyra's empire today includes TV ventures, such as her flagship show, "America's Next Top Model," and even a New York Times bestselling book. Eager to enrich her mind, the beauty enrolled at Harvard Business School and graduated earlier this year.
This morning, the mogul sat down with the women of "The View" to discuss body love and body image. The chat fest rolled the now legendary clip of Tyra ranting against media detractors who were mocking her slight weight gain. The package ended with Tyra shouting, "Kiss my fat ass!"
Tyra told the co-hosts that as a teen-aged size six model, she would be considered too fat to work these days. She confessed that when her body started to blossom, there was a list of star designers who refused to work with her. Tyra credited her supportive mother with being an anchor during those tough times. Her mother invited her to a pizza lunch where the two would craft her new career approach as a curvy girl next door and lingerie model so that her body type could be appreciated.
Tyra lauded Vogue Magazine and their new pro-health stance. The magazine recently committed to making sure that models are not too skinny. The model-prenur also announced a collaboration with Seventeen Magazine.
Tyra says that she conspired with the teen mag's new beauty contest. In this competition, Tyra and the judges were looking to support real beauty. Tyra told a laughing Sherri Shepherd and company that she hated the term "plus sized." She said that the term to describe full-figured models should be "Fiercely Real," which coincidentally is the name of the modelling contest.
Jakaliene Rivera, the contest winner, was in the audience. She will be modeling with Wilhelmenia for the next year. We applaud Tyra for doing her part to encourage positive images of beauty for young women.
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