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Tyra Banks Loses 30 lbs... and Credibility?

Tyra Banks Loses 30 lbs... and Credibility?

As a follow-up to SheSpeak’s recent post about anorexia and other eating disorders we have news about former supermodel Tyra Banks. You may remember the press Tyra Banks received a few months ago when she was featured all over the tabloids and the internet pictured candidly at the beach in a bathing suit with captions reading that she was too fat (among other more rude comments carrying the same message).

This is nothing new. We are all accustomed to reading magazines that criticize celebrities for putting on weight. What was different about this was the way Tyra Banks responded to all the negative press about her weight.

She went on her talk show in the same bathing suit she wore in the photos and sent out the message that she feels comfortable with her body and just because she is not as thin as she was when she was modeling does not mean she is not just as beautiful. She later heroically spoke the now famous words “Kiss my fat ass!” aimed at all the people who criticize women who have put on weight.



Fast forward four months and you will see Tyra Banks on the cover of the May 12th issue of Life & Style magazine in a tiny bikini with the caption “How Tyra Lost 30 lbs!”

Why did Tyra Banks lose the weight? There has been speculation about the network pressuring her to drop pounds, though she has said it was her decision and she just wanted to fit into her old jeans. Of course Tyra Banks can do what she wants with her own body, but being a self-employed spokesperson about body image her message becomes very confusing.


So why did Tyra Banks go on to lose 30 pounds in the four months following this declaration that she was perfectly comfortable with her weight?

What kind of a message does that send out to the young women who found encouragement in her commendable message about body image just a few months ago?

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  • tmichellebrat By tmichellebrat
    07.18.07  

    I simply think that Tyra banks was not truly happy with her weight, at 161 lbs and I don't blame her for wanting to lose the weight, that is her perogative. As far as her sending the wrong message to the young girls that look up to her ...I don't think that she is sending the wrong message, it's these other famous girls, like Paris Hilton,Nichole Richie,and even Angelina Jolie who are sending the wrong message by starving themselves to the point of skin and bones! I say give Tyra Banks a break ...she at least does NOT support hollywood's message that you have to be "thin" in order to be successful.

  • sharman421 By sharman421
    07.20.07  

    Does anyone really care about Tyra Banks? I've seen young girls today quite comfortable with their overweight bodies to the point where they wear midrif shirts with their gut hanging out. There are not all that many anorexic kids walking the malls. Those who reach that point have an emotional and mental disorder that needs immediate medical attention. Celebrities are always going to disappoint and do stupid things.We need to start ignoring them and the press that highlights them.

  • gingefur By gingefur
    07.20.07  

    So what if you're skinny? So what if you're fat? I think Tyra was just trying to get girls to feel comfortable with their bodies, regardless of their size.

  • empress151 By empress151
    07.26.07  

    you know what? i was more than 161 pounds once upon a time and i knew that i didn't look awful, but i also knew i wasn't truly happy with the way i looked and that i wanted to do better. that's probably how she felt too. i didn't lose 30 pounds but i lost enough so that i felt better about myself and liked how i looked in my jeans again. can you really blame her for losing weight? no one wants to be overweight. it's not a good feeling. (although i do think she comes off as a hypocrite somewhat... going on your OWN talk show, telling people to kiss your fat ass, then turning around and losing the weight anyway?)

  • savanasmommy By savanasmommy
    07.28.07  

    This and every tabloid story out there is evidence that you should not model yourself or your life after anyone, especially not the individuals in showbiz! We are not suppose to worship "earthly gods/idols" so it really doesn't matter how much Tyra Banks weighs or what she looks like or what she wears or says. If you have issues with weight then you need to talk with your doctor or someone in the health services community in order to get help and positive advice about your situation.

  • Josie101 By Josie101
    07.28.07  

    I think Tyra is so annoying. I knew she was lying to herself and everyone else when she said she was comfortable with her weight. When people gain weight they get very defensive when a negative is put upon it, that is why she lashed out. When she lost 30 pounds, didn't she think we would remember her ramblings a few months back. She said at the time what benefited her!

  • katana229 By katana229
    08.07.07  

    well there is nothing to get a girl to diet like someone telling her that she is fat . tyra might of thought she was fine until the media mention her weight

  • eyespy By eyespy
    08.10.07  

    How is promoting a positive body image at any size hypocrisy? She gained some weight and refused to allow people to make her feel bad about it. Then she found her clothes didn't fit and lost weight. Again, she is comfortable with her body at this size.

    I can sympathize with her. I take steroids all during the pollen season and my weight swings dramatically. People criticize when I get too fat, and again when I lose weight. So what? The only opinion that truly matters is one's own positive self image.

  • carmelgoodies78 By carmelgoodies78
    08.27.07  

    THERE IS SO MUCH PRESSURE IN THIS COUNTRY TO BE THIN AND LIKE BARBIE THAT YOUNG GIRLS AS YOUNG AS 5 ARE THINKING ABOUT THEIR WEIGHT WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS COUNTRY EVERYTHING IS BASED ON THE WAY YOU LOOK NOT WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED ITS RIDICULOUS HOW THEY PORTRAY WOMEN ON TV THESE DAYS MAYBE WE SHOULD STAND UP AND SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THIS DO SOMETHING BEFORE WE HAVE MORE ANOREXIC KIDS ON OUR HANDS

  • travelerandrea By travelerandrea
    08.29.07  

    tyra banks is such a sweetie that i ignored all the bs said about her!!!!!!!!!!!!

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