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Tyra Banks and Her New BMI

Models have been in the news a lot lately. From fashion models starving themselves to ex-model Tyra Banks and her weight gain.

Regardless of what you think of her...I know some folks got turned off by her Geraldo journalistic expose, dressing up in a fat suit to prove how mean Americans are to the overweight. Seems a little ironic now. Tyra is taking this moment of criticism to demystify the manufactured beauty of print media. I find it more than refreshing to see a beautiful woman, clad in only a swim suit, point out her cellulite on untouched photographs. Watch the clip from her recent show until the end if you can (it is 8 minutes long...sorry, but it is NOT boring) for her emotional conclusion. She may seem a little self obsessed, but haven't we all been that way about our cellulite, or thighs, or belly at some point in our lives. We were lucky enough to do it in the privacy of our own homes.

FYI: Being 5'10" and weighing 160, Tyra's BMI is 23. That is in the optimal zone. If you are curious about your BMI, check out your sugar stats with the Fit Calculator.

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dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
I just wanted to add that Tyra has been in the business a loooooong time. She can't change the statics quo of stick thin models the fashion industry has to do. AMTM is about nobodies breaking into the modeling biz -- an industry that's already tough to get into. AMTM has to work with those industry standards -- one show cannot change an industry? And in case you didn't notice there are FOUR judges on the show -- not Tyra alone -- making all the decisions based on industry standards. I bet it sucks for Tyra to not put the "fat" girls through -- I'm seriously pissed at some of you. Tyra is not a hypocrite -- you all are. The world needs to change. I see half of you (myself included) dogging on the clebs on this site -- it's tough -- fashion week is all about size 0 models fitting into product samples -- what the industry wants.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
I LOVE Tyra -- she up there with Oprah & Kimora for me -- she is so brave and ballsy! Go Tyra!
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 10 years
ok, i wun say she looks grossly fat in the tabloid pic, but her appearance on the show 3 whole weeks later obviously showed some evidence of working out. her abs, legs, arms are trimmer, and her boobs had some support and come on,she is wearing like 5 inch heels, which made her legs look longer and leaner. she is not being totally honest to her viewers. its nothing to do with the angles...wat i want to know is how she lost tat amt of weight in 3 weeks to look trim enough on tat episode.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
lasiciliana - What website was that? It would be a good thing to show my daughter when she's a teenager and wants to look like the models in magazines. :)
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
I've never seen her show but geez I hope they aren't all about Tyra.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Even though it may not be healthy, being overweight does not make a person less beautiful by any means. I think we live in a society where only one body type is acceptable in being beautiful, and that's pretty sad.
MissRobinson MissRobinson 10 years
I wish everyone could see stuff like this! I say Good For Her! I dont like her, but no one deserves to be picked on, especially in tabloids the whole world sees. I'm glad shes standing up for women like this!
lasiciliana lasiciliana 10 years
cgmaetc - most men have no clue what it's like to be a real woman in this day and age when what men want is a carmen electra or some other female that's glossed over in a magazine. if it were my profession to look like that...then I would look like that. But my profession is a marketing executive and that requires me to sit at a desk all day...i'm a great marketing executive but i'm not skinny and to some looking like you are a model is more important. I showed my husband a site where they have real professional pictures and then next to it they have the glossed over version that makes it into the magazines. He was shocked! There was one of nicole richie where they added weight to her, one of Pam Anderson where they removed all the lines from her face and fixed her boobs, there were some of victoria secret models where they brushed out some cellulite lines and DOUBLED the breast size, and a ton of other pictures of celebrity 'babes'. unfortunately that "fantasy" is what makes real woman feel worthless... I'm glad Tyra is plumpin' up... I think she looks great! -------------------------------------------------------- ~Love the life you live, live the life you love!
elynette elynette 10 years
ANTM is a farce.... I tried out 2 seasons ago an there were nothing but skinny girls and I was the thickest (and 2nd tallest) 6' at 175lbs. They had Tocarra on there that one season just to satisfy the quota so they won't seem as weightists. Tyra as one of the bigger models out there and one of the voices for ANTM should have demanded girls of all sizes and stuck to that demand. So much talk about having good role models for girls in the fashion world when all of the models have been a size 3 and under. Her tirade now just seems like damage control for her image. I applaud her efforts on defending her weight gain and saying that she's "Happy to be Flabby", but I think that it should have come from here waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before her retirement from modeling. *----------------------------------------------------* \m/(-_O) RAWWWWWWWWWWWK!!
cgmaetc cgmaetc 10 years
Despite the hypocrisy of all this, she has a point. I have long tried to convince men that what they see on print and on tv is mostly an illusion. They even have delusions about breast size. They think the Victoria Secret models are all d-cups when theya re truly As and Bs with padding. -the ceeg
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i guess it's hard for me to feel too bad for tyra. most of the girls on her show have unhealthy BMIs and she openly criticizes the 'larger' ones. i know that's what the industry mostly wants but as someone with so much clout in the fashion industry you would think she would do more for that. hopefully this will inspire her to have healthier sized models on ANTM.
Dicxita Dicxita 10 years
holla at u girl!! u are so right!!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Ok I like Tyra very much but I think she's finally beginning to understand what most women go through when they gain a few pounds. I remember an episode of America's Next Top Model when one girl gained some weight I think it was Bre. And she kept trying to hold her stomach in. And when eliminations came around Tyra said to her you can go without the bread, you can't eat this and that because that is what this industry is all about! I was shocked to hear her say that but she did! And now she knows how it feels because its her in the spot light and it hurts doesn't it?
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Thanks for posting this clip, I missed her show that day and was curious about it. She makes a lot of good points and I think she's a really brave woman. She must have great self esteem to have made it through so many years of modelling with a really realistic and positive body image. I say good for her, she's a successful happy person and a good role model for women.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
When she started comparing unretouched pictures of her (flattering vs. not), she was pointing out flaws of her that I wouldn't have even noticed. But still, I guess she still feels the need to do it because people are so celebrity and body obsessed.
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