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Ty-Ty Loves Her Body, Thank You Very Much

Though Tyra Banks may not have the same supermodel body that she did ten years ago, she feels like she is just as fierce as ever, and challenges anyone who has the audacity to call her, at 161 lbs., fat. With the success of America's Next Top Model and her daytime talk show, Tyra has finally been able to stop stressing so much about her weight and instead focus on these new facets of her career. People reports:

  • "I get so much mail from young girls who say, 'I look up to you, you're not as skinny as everyone else, I think you're beautiful,' " she says. "So when they say that my body is 'ugly' and 'disgusting,' what does that make those girls feel like?"
  • "I still feel hot, but every day is different. It's when I put on the jeans that used to fit a year ago and don't fit now and give me the muffin top, that's when I say, 'Damn!' "
  • "I've made millions of dollars with the body I have, so where's the pain in that? If I was in pain, I would have dieted. The pain is not there – the pain is someone printing a picture of me and saying those (horrible) things."

I'm doubtful that the criticism of Tyra's new form is over, but at least she doesn't seem overly phased by it. Besides, she's got better things to do with her time, like organize Panty Parties and plot her next undercover investigation into the seedy underbelly of waxing parlors.

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ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
Ty Ty is airbrushed like no other in that pic. No, she's not fat, but she sure rocks those spanx. “I can’t stand those articles where people spill their life story. After a while I feel like I know more about them than their best friend does — and that’s weird. It’s better when you don’t know everything.” -Scarlett Johannson
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
For once in my life, I am impressed with Tyra. Good move.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Dittoing Valeri. I couldn't have said it better myself. Check out Sam and Lola as Pets of the Week!! (Shameless plug!)
jifaner jifaner 10 years
I just got my People in the mail and read the whole article...I'm glad that she admits her arms don't look so great at this weight because IMO I think that's why she has looked big in some pictures. 160 lbs is not unhealthy for her height, but her arms were real fleshy at the end of the last ANTM. I think it's crazy that in her early 20's when her boobs and tush began to fill out she was forced to seek out VS and Sports Illustrated for work because the fashio industry deemed her fat, she weighed like 125lbs at that time! I love fashion, but some things are just insane. Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista were forces to be reckoned with in thier time, and they did it with boobs! I hate anorexia chic.
sweetnsour sweetnsour 10 years
I find her annoying at times...But MUCH PROPS to her for sticking up for real women out there. There is NOTHING wrong with her. She is a beautiful and striking woman. I am really proud of her for doing this. She looks amazing and damn anyone that tries hate on her. I am 5'10'" and the ideal weight for that height is at like 175 at the high end of the range. I would slap my momma to be 161 lbs! Good for Ty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
malvolio malvolio 10 years
...awesome! she looks great!...
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Yeah, go Tyra!
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
161 sounds like a lot on paper, but I guess since she is 5'10" it's not so bad. I'm only 5'3", so if I were 161 I'd have to roll myself out the door. Good for her though. She spent so many years being thin, probably denying herself the good comfort food, and now she can relax and eat her Pizza Hut/KFC/egg rolls... all the stuff I deny myself and I'm not even close to model thin. She's earned the right to be bigger.
DulceSkye DulceSkye 10 years
Tyra looks great!
goldie311 goldie311 10 years
Dear JK: I am a size 4 and I am entitled to my opinion!
sashak sashak 10 years
she looks great. Her weight is perfectly appropriate for her height & body type
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
I think Tyra is one of those females that I love to hate. I love to watch her show but the whole time she's getting on my nerves, but good for her! I think she looks great too, and I'm proud of her.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
goldie311...FAT??? what size are you???? Your comment smacks of jealously of a beautiful healthy woman. I think she looks great and I wonder what all the fuss is about.
goldie311 goldie311 10 years
She looks kinda fat to me. Her hair looks strange too ;-)
Ghana_Princess Ghana_Princess 10 years
freaky exactly me thoughts
mar mar 10 years
sh looks great, she is over 30 now, naturally she will get a little bigger. I think America has a very sick idea about how thin women should be. It is not "Normal" to be 5'10 and under 140 pounds. Some women are naturally thin, but most just starve themselves.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I've always liked Tyra and admire her for loving herself first.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Maybe in entertainment, she is overweight, but in America, she looks great. People in Hollywood are so shallow when it comes to bodies
carbizkate carbizkate 10 years
You know, I have never been a big fan of Tyra, but I have to applaud her for what she's doing. And aside from her freaky hair, she looks really great! Good for her!
Blessed2x Blessed2x 10 years
I think that Tara looks beautiful and I loved the way that she responded to the criticism. She is a wonderful role model and she always keeps it real.
Shelleybean Shelleybean 10 years
It's all how you feel about yourself that matters. She looks fabulous and to say women who aren't Nicole Richie thin are fat is riduculous.
cari907 cari907 10 years
finally someone is saying its ok to not be skinny skinny and its a formal mosel finally
DCStar DCStar 10 years
A couple of weeks ago some of my coworkers were talking about how fat she looks on her show. I couldn't BELIEVE what they were saying. Tyra is gorgeous and real. She looks "big" because of the scrawny, tiny, emaciated girls on her show. I'd much rather look like Tyra then one of those tiny girls!
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 10 years
Not really a tyra fan, not really a scar jo fan. And I really don't know enough about Jessica Biel to feel any particular way about them. BUT THANK GOD, they are being praised for their bodies. They are beautiful women with sexy curves. And good lord we need that when images of nicole ritchie and mischa barton are commonly flaunted as what is sexy. Regarding sizing. I have to say, stores are definitely skewing things. I'm 5'10 and my weight fluctuates between 145-155 (depending on if I'm hitting the gym regularly, etc). Recently I've worn a size 6 at 3 different stores where I used to wear a size 10. I personally find it annoying. I know I'm not a 6 and I'm HAPPY being a curvy 10, so why are they lying to me? Just trying to promote the idea that smaller = better.
janeway-1 janeway-1 10 years
Go Tyra!!!! you look gorgeous as ever..... god, isn't it great to see regular sized women happy with their bodies...? let's hope this trend continues! :)
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