Just call her Tyra Zoe-Paltrow. Ms. Banks has jumped on the celeb style publication bandwagon with the launch of an online magazine called Tyra: Beauty Inside & Out. The website will cover all things style, including fashion and beauty, but will also focus on health and love. Both with her modeling and talk show, Tyra has been long gunning to change beauty standards, once telling The New York Times that she “wakes up every day to expand the idea of beauty.” Ahem.
So far, on Tyra’s site, a mock magazine cover shows the model alongside some cheeky cover lines like “Kiss My Fit (And Still Fat) Ass” or “Yo Shortie! Models 5’7 And Under.” Kinda funny. What might be slightly more innovative about Tyra’s site is its interactivity with users through audio posts alongside content: “It’s not just a magazine … it talks back to you … this is going to allow for a community of women. It’s real and it’s raw and it’s going to allow for a connection to me like you’ve never had before,” Banks said on “The Today Show.”
Then again, she’ll probably face competition between the other celeb sites created to attract users looking for style information, versus visitors who come solely as Tyra fans. Anyone up for a little “America’s Next Top Online Celebrity Style Editor”? [TyraBanks.com, WWD] Keep reading »
“The Tyra Show” came back for its fifth season yesterday! Perez Hilton (barf) stopped by as the first guest. But the main event was Tyra Banks, who is usually weaved to within an inch of her life, hosting the whole show with her natural hair.
Unforch, Tyra’s real hair is anticlimactic—i.e. she’s not bald. Underneath those weaves and extensions she sashays down the red carpet in, she has regular, boring, shoulder-length brown hair. On yesterday’s show, though, she may have straightened it or had a relaxer in it or something, because it was not kinky in the slightest—which kind of defeats the purpose of her saying “It’s my real hair!” Doesn’t it?
Anyway, during the show, her hairstylist, Oscar, blow-dried and curled her natural ‘do, while she chatted with three women who have some serious issues about their real hair. One of her guests was a biracial woman whose white mom didn’t want people to know she had a black father. This evil mom shaved her daughter’s hair off as a kid because she didn’t want a “nappy-headed baby.” Keep reading »
Warning: Tyra Banks is listening. A few weeks ago, after Solange Knowles buzzed her hair, we wondered if the recession was killing the weave, and suggested that Ms. Smile With Her Eyes get rid of hers, too. And apparently, she is! Here’s what she Twittered yesterday:
“Guess What! I’m rockin’ my REAL hair on my talk show September 8th. No fake hair at all! Will be the hair coming out of my scalp! 4 all 2 C!”
“No ponytails, no ballet bun head. hair will be out and free! i have had every color weave in the book. even KOOL-AID red!!!”
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Tyra Banks seems to have attended at least one “America’s Next Top Model” acting class because she looks really “natural” as she shoots on location for “The Tyra Banks Show.” [NYC, 8/17/09] Keep reading »