Before curves became en vogue, Tyra Banks was an advocate for plus-size models in the fashion industry. Besides recruiting fly, full-figured models for America’s Next Top Model like the beautiful Toccara and Whitney Cunningham (who I met at the party celebrating ANTM’s Oxygen move…what a sweetheart!), Banks has faced vicious criticism for her own weight gain as well.
It’s not easy for a plus-size model in Fashion and I’ve always appreciated Tyra’s willingness to speak out about it. Finally, she’s putting her money where her mouth is.
Banks is launching a plus-size competition on the Tyra show called “The Fiercely Real Model Search.” Plus-size models between the ages of 13-19 can enter to win a one-year Wilhemina modeling contract, a cover and fashion spread in Tyra’s online magazine and a spread in a major fashion magazine. Click here for details.
Here’s what the model-turned-mogul had to say about the competition:
“I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty; through ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ ‘True Beauty’ and ‘The Tyra Show’ I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both inside and out,” Banks said. “Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman’s life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out.”
Truly commendable. All beautiful plus-size girls get ready to half-turn, pose and strut for the modeling chance of a lifetime! Tyra will announce the winner on her talk show on March 3rd.
Good luck from The Glamazons!