ANTM host graced not one, but two covers of Black Magazine looking fierce as ever and giving us her signature smize while giving face on one of the covers.
Inside the issue, Tyra dished on reuniting with Justin Henry, what attracted her to the fashion industry, her favorite model achievements, America’s Next Top Model and her message to the world.
Excerpts and more pics from the cover shoot below…
On reuniting with Justin Henry:
Justin was one of the best make-up artists that I worked with when I was a young model in Europe. It was great seeing him again. The one thing I didn’t remember was his Aussie accent so that was a nice plus. He is one of the rare geniuses that can do hair and make-up. To be honest, I wish he lived in NY or LA so I could work with him more often.
On what attracted her to the fashion industry:
To be honest, I wasn’t attracted to the fashion industry, the fashion industry found me. I was discovered on a school bench the first day of high school by a fellow student. I thought I was far too awkward and gawky to ever be associated with modeling but it was actually those qualities that launched my early career. Once I was in the fashion world and walking the runways of Paris I was attracted to the nuance of the industry; the specific things that certain designers looked for in a model and what aesthetic caught their eye. I tried to be a chameleon and studied up on designers prior to meeting them at “go-sees” (auditioning for modeling jobs) in order to be the fashion muse they were looking to cast.
On her favorite model achievements:
There were a few. The ones that stand out are signing a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, doing a Superbowl Pepsi commercial with Cindy Crawford, my idol. Being an original Victoria’s Secret Angel for 10 years and being on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover, twice.
On America’s Next Top Model:
The interesting thing is a lot of people think that I just produce Top Model or host it but people don’t understand that I created the idea and it is the very first fashion themed reality show in history. I chuckle when people think I signed on to do it. Top Model is a pop culture mainstay and one of the longest running shows in television history. It’s not something I ever thought would happen but now that it has it makes a lot of sense. The show blends an industry that has an intrinsic mystery about it with mainstream girl (and now, guys!) next door. People now think “I can do that, I can try out to be America’s Next Top Model” and millions have. It’s very accessible while still allowing me to push the message that I set out with for the show: there isn’t just one definition of beautiful. The show has also birthed over 20 different International versions from Russia to Australia to China and Africa. I am so amazed by this and I travel around the world visiting and appearing on my International versions.
On her message to the world:
Perfect is boring, human is beautiful.
Photos: Tyra Banks Instagram/Black Magazine
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