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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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  • stacymouse By stacymouse
    09.30.07  

    I don't so much pay attention to the habits of models because I find them to be pretty annoying for the most part and could really care less about their lives. I have enough going on, I don't need to concern myself with her. Aside from that, who else would love to know the height and weight of the people complaining about how "fat" Tyra is in her swimsuit? How 'bout some photos of them? I bet that would shut them up.

  • MBenita By MBenita
    10.30.07  

    As someone said, "So what?!"

    Do we know that it was for health reasons (hello, publications do fabricate! Just because they're not sued doesn't mean the truth isn't stretched). Maybe she's tryign to fit into a special outfit (anyone ever try to lose weight to get into their wedding dress or New Year's Eve dress?).

    Maybe it's just she looked at herself and didn't like what she saw (um, none of us are perfect and everyone says something even if they really don't mean it deep down).

    Tyra, like her or not, is a woman who has issues just like everyone else.

  • StaceyD By StaceyD
    11.25.07  

    I thought MBenita said it very well. I don't think I could say it any better.

  • Lainika By Lainika
    12.03.07  

    First of all.... She can do whatever she wants with her body. I am 30 lbs heavier than I was before I had children and I think I am still beautiful. I "like" the womanly curves I have now (I think they are sexy) but.... I loved the flat tummy and tiny waist I had before (that was better than sexy... it was hot).

    So, if I lose weight now... I guess people will call me a hypocrite too. Well, they can "kiss my soon to be skinny ass" because I am doing what makes me feel good. And Tyra is doing what makes her feel her best.

  • leemor16 By leemor16
    03.10.08  

    leemor16 says: she did look like she had gain maybe 30 or 40 but every one does.its really not a big deal.

  • domesticgoddess_1 By domesticgoddess_1
    03.15.08  

    I say way to go Tyra on the comment. But...then you drop all that weight. Okay, fine people sometimes get overweight maybe because of personal issues and then become stronger to work hard and get back to your thinner self. But this makes her look like a hypocrite. She was all accepting of herself and anyone else overweight when she had a few extra pounds, so now how does she feel or think? Same way ??? I doubt it.

  • BTYBOOPERS By BTYBOOPERS
    04.15.08  

    I, ALSO THINK IT'S HYPOCRITICAL OF HER TO SAY HOW COMFORTABLE SHE IS WITH HER BODY THEN TURN AROUND AND LOSE 30 LBS. I COULD SEE 5 OR 10 OR EVEN 15, BUT A WHOLE 30!. RIGHT THERE SHOWS YOU THAT SHE WAS NOT AT ALL COMFORTABLE. HER INFLUENCE ON PEOPLE TO BE COMFORTABLE WITH THEMSELVES AND TO LOVE WHO THEY ARE HAS LEFT THOSE THAT TRUSTED THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE OUT THERE THAT FEELS AND UNDERSTANDS WHAT THEY FEEL, IN A FALSEHOOD OF REALITY. DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD BE AS POSITIVE OR TRUSTING THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE SAYS THEY'RE ON THIER SIDE OR THAT THEY UNDERSTAND. I THINK NOT!

  • GerberaDaisies By GerberaDaisies
    06.20.08  

    It's true, she is a hypocrite, but aren't we all? She does have a great responsibility as a role model but, she is not responsible for the upbringing of our children. What has happened to parents these days? Most seem to expect everyone else to raise their children so they can put the blame on them. As parents we are the strongest role models for our children and we need to assume this role. We need to step back and access our lives, without being bias, and only then can we say who is to blame.

  • kardelen133 By kardelen133
    07.22.08  

    my kids liked these ones but i had the same problem but it eather that or the hard ones that have funny spaces in the top that make them hard to clean. ankara nakliyat botoks saç ekimi nikah ?ekeri saç ekimi saç ekimi evden eve nakliyat nakliyat evden eve evden eve nakliyat

  • sherimyers11 By sherimyers11
    10.29.08  

    Well, i think everything would have been fine , if she did not go onto another magazine and promote the fact that she lost 30 pounds. It just seems as though she caved into pressure fromt he media, when she looked just fine to begin with.

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