Tyra Banks Lashes Out at Modeling Industry: Size 4 Shouldn’t Be Considered ‘Too Heavy’

By: / May 16, 2012

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Tyra Banks is taking a stand against the pressures of the modeling industry.

In a column for The Daily Beast titled, “Tyra Banks’s Open Letter to Models: ‘Vogue’ to Ban Images of Anorexia”, the supermodel admits that if she had got into the business today, she may not have made it.

“The truth is that if I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did. I would’ve been considered too heavy,” Banks says. “In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero. When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed.”

However, the America’s Next Top Model host confesses that she too struggled with her body image while coming up in the industry.

“In my early 20s, I was a size four. But then I started to get curvy,” Tyra, 38, recalls in her open letter. “My agency gave my mom a list of designers that didn’t want to book me in their fashion shows anymore. In order to continue working, I would’ve had to fight Mother Nature and get used to depriving myself of nutrition.”

Lucky for Tyra, her mom had a better idea. “As my mom wiped the tears from my face, she said, ‘Tyra, you know what we’re going to do about this? We’re going to eat pizza.’ We sat in a tiny pizzeria in Milan and strategized about how to turn my curves into a curveball.”

The 5’10” supermodel continues, “In a way, it was my decision not to starve myself that turned me into a supermodel, and later on, a businesswoman.”

Tyra’s column comes after the editors of Vogue announced they will ban models from their pages who “appear to have an eating disorder.” The supermodel wrote excitedly: “This calls for a toast over some barbecue and burgers!”

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