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Tyra Banks on Natural Hair

Tyra Talks About Going Raw With Her Hair

While we wait with bated breath for tonight's ANTM campfest, here's another Tyra-based diversion. On last night's Larry King Live, Ms. Banks talked more about her decision to show off her natural hair on her show. (That hairy video is here.) According to Tyra, she wanted to show off her natural hair in a "raw" way:

I've worn weaves and wigs and pieces and clip-ons and clip-outs and clip-downs and around since I was 17, 18, and I wanted to show the real me. I wanted to show the raw me, and I just got out of the shower . . . and then came out of here — on this stage, and this is me. This is me. . . . Hair for black women, we spend $9 billion a year on hair products. So growing up as a young girl and seeing images in the media where they're saying that a certain type of hair is beautiful and yours isn't is very difficult for a black woman. It's a long, political thing that we can do a whole show about.

So will she do a show? That remains to be seen. And as some readers have pointed out, it's a bit incongruous to promote the "accept your natural self" message while rarely featuring natural hair in the Top Model makeovers. Do you think Tyra's choice to show off her natural hair is helpful, or does her other weave-heavy show send a mixed message?

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Lucky-Green Lucky-Green 7 years
Tyra is Beautiful and has so much talent !!!!!! I'm a huge fan and all of you sound dumb !!!! She is a good example to all women and girls . Everyone always assumes the worst. Haters can KISS OUR FAT ASS
kty kty 7 years
now that she's making such a big deal out of this,i hope that we won't see her wearing weaves and wigs anymore....
soapbox soapbox 7 years
If she wants to go raw, why does she still straighten her hair? Honestly, I'm confused by all this.
ally14 ally14 7 years
I think she just wants ratings. Otherwise why would she do it on her season premiere show after years and years of wearing false hair?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I do think she's sending a mixed message with those top model makeovers, but at the same time she's trying to do some good now, so I don't want to come down on her too hard.
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