A Little Extra Tyra To Love

Tyra Banks recently sat down to talk to People magazine about the plus size pics of her that recently hit the internet.Tyra says she was not so much bothered that the pics became public, but rather the harshness of those who seemed overjoyed that she was no longer model thin.Having never been called fat before was a shock Tyra says she was not prepared for and revealed that she does not always eat the way she should and thus her weight fluctuates.You can read part of the article on the next page and though I don’t have the images of “Big Tyra”, I do have recent pics of her from the Producer’s Guild Awards held earlier this week and the sista is still lookin’ good to me.
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People magazine article

Tyra Banks, who has gained weight since her days strutting the catwalk, says she was upset when unflattering photos showing her in a one-piece bathing suit were mocked on the Internet.

“It was such a strange meanness and rejoicing that people had when thinking that was what my body looked like. It was really hurtful to me,” the 33-year-old talk-show host says in an interview in the Feb. 5 issue of People magazine.

The photos show Banks on a beach during a recent trip to Sydney, Australia. They had popped up earlier this month on a celebrity gossip Web site with the not-so-nice headline: “Tyra Banks is Fat.”

Banks, who hosts the syndicated “The Tyra Banks Show” and the CW network’s “America’s Next Top Model,” tells the magazine she weighs 161 pounds and has fluctuated from 148 pounds to 162 pounds, depending on how well she’s taking care of herself, since retiring from modeling in 2005.

“I don’t want to sit in front of you and be soap-boxy and fake and say, ‘I love myself, I’m beautiful, it’s great,'” says Banks, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall. “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!'”

In other words, yes, she has put on weight, though not nearly as much as recent tabloid stories have suggested.

Banks says “I’m not the healthiest eater” and isn’t required to “live up to that model standard anymore.”

“I’ve made millions of dollars with the body I have, so where’s the pain in that?” she says. “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.”

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  1. Tyra is still good looking to me (minus the blonde, for some reason it looks stronger in this photos). I am not happy that she gained weight but it makes life a little more realistic for people like us. She is still beautiful. She is a allowed to gain weight, heck she’s not modeling any more and she’s over 30, metabolism slows down much more.

  2. I’m sure by white entertainment or super model standards she’s considered to be fat. I saw her show last week and she looks no where near fat. I’m sure she’s gained a few extra pounds since she’s not modeling anymore but fat is a overstatement. And besides she’s tall so she can carry the few extra pounds.

    With all of the women out here trying to be unrealistically thin sizes 3 and 4’s at least she’s keeping it real. In reality most women and especially black women carry a few extra pounds anyway. What you see on runways and magazine covers is not a fair representation of the average women’s weight.

    I think she looks great with curves and hips she’s still beautiful.

  3. :loser:Tyra looks great large or small. She’s human, but I think because she’s been so small for so long it’s hard for some on lookers to digest. I’ve seen those pix and she looks like an average woman who has out on a few lbs. Nothins’ wrong with that!!!!I do think she weighed more than she says, but that’s my opinion. Either way she looks wonderful!

  4. Yes Sunny I think she weighs a little more. I am 5ft 9 inches myself , just a tad more hippy and I weigh, 172 so if you put us next to each other & we look similar. That’s why I think she’s a bit heavier. She does have me by an inch though. WHO CARES SHE IS STILL FIERCE:cool:

  5. Tyra is a beautiful woman, but she better watch it. Being fat or overweight is no fun, no matter how short or tall you are. :dance2:

  6. If this is what passes for fat in this country, then I’m in trouble. I better hit the gym now. Tyra looks beautiful to me. So she put on some weight, I think she has the right to do that. The woman has been a model since she was a teenager, she deserves a little break.

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