For the first time in a month, there are not a lot of series premieres happening this week. So, it’s time to sit back, relax, and watch the shows you already love. This week, Tyra Banks and Hilary Duff make cameos on “Gossip Girl,” Rachel Zoe has a “fashion orgasm” in Paris, Jim and Pam get hitched on “The Office,” “FlashForward” gets trippier, and Wanda Sykes makes you say hardy har har. Here’s the best of this week’s television. Keep reading »
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My love-hate relationship with “The Tyra Show” strikes again: Yesterday Tyra hosted her first-ever Teens and Parents: Sex Summit all about teen sex. Alas, calling it a “summit” is a rather grand way to describe 13-, 14- and 15-year-old girls dishing about the dozens of boys they’ve slept with, while their moms sit backstage doing the face-palm reaction.
Throughout her show, Tyra shared little tidbits of information with the audience about what the kids are up to these days, like having sex in public places (79 percent) or hooking up with two people in one night (58 percent). Wowza! Where did she get these so-called “stats”? They were gleaned from visitors to Tyra’s website who filled out a survey about teen sex, with questions seemed more designed for shock value than usefulness, like, “Have you ever had sex on your parents’ bed?” Keep reading »
Meet Vecente. He was a guest on “The Tyra Show” for the judgment day episode and said some really hateful and hurtful things about another guest because the guest has dark skin. As you can see from the video above, Vecente makes some statements that are really infuriating, but he reportedly claims the show’s producers and Tyra told him what kind of character he was supposed to portray. He also says the talk show is scripted. Vecente says his racist, politically incorrect statements were only for television purposes. [Media Takeout]
He could be lying as a result of the backlash he’s received since his appearance aired, but I’m pretty sure I’ve caught “The Tyra Show” using an actor as a guest at least once. I watched an episode from the first season, I believe, in which this guy who Tyra said was a lawyer in real life was supposed to pretend to be a stalker so a woman could learn not to trust men she meets just because they look wealthy. A few hours after the episode ended, I saw the same guy in a commercial for something that slips my mind. He was an actor and the commercial continued to air after that episode. Keep reading »
Meghan McCain has something very important to admit. She. Wears. Hair Extensions. And she’s not going to hide it anymore! Inspired by Tyra Banks going weave-less on the season premiere of her talk show, the Daily Beast columnist is ready to let her hair down. Way down. McCain admits that she has been a slave to the salon for almost her entire life, “but if Tyra had the courage to go on TV without a weave, I wanted everyone to know this: Not all the hair attached to my head is real.” Like, duh. Keep reading »
But Tyra’s period show wasn’t all about famous women pushing Tampax up their lady flowers: Tyra invited three doctors on the show to explain why Aunt Flo comes to visit. It’s a ghastly state of affairs for sex ed if grown women are learning why they get their periods on “The Tyra Show.” Still, I learned lotsa stuff about my monthlies thanks to Ty-Ty … like, you can still get laid if you go to bed wearing an adult diaper on your heavy flow nights. Proof of THAT above!
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There’s always at least one crazy (in addition to Tyra) on each
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 »
- Tyra Banks says she isn’t engaged; the ring she’s been wearing on her left ring finger is her 10-karat, diamond-less high school class ring. [Us Weekly] — I think she and boyfriend John Utendahl are going to end up like Oprah and Steadman.
- Hayden Panettiere was all smiles as she walked with boyfriend Harry Morton. [Socialite Life]
- Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr are still going strong. [Just Jared] — They looked so hipster-y dining in New York City’s SoHo yesterday.