America's Next Top Model: Tyra Gets Fiercely Real
It’s no secret that our America's Next Top Model host and creator, Tyra Banks, is a trailblazer. But she’s now embarking on a new project we think is pretty cool.
New York Daily News is reporting that Tyra is cooking up another major scheme for an upcoming modeling competition and this time she’s looking for plus-sized teenagers.
Tyra revealed on her talk show that she’s calling for gals between the ages of 13 and 19 for her search. They must have a dress size of 12 to 20 and are between 5’9” and 6’1” tall (size 12 is considered plus size? uh…okay). Tyra’s goal is to change the way people perceive beauty and the way teens see themselves.
“I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty” Tyra says. “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.”
Hey—we already respect short people more after Cycle 13! The winner of the competition will score a one-year modeling contract and a fashion spread in a top magazine (sound familiar?). The winner will be revealed on The Tyra Show on March 2nd.
If you are interested in registering for the contest, head to Tyra’s Web site.