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Tyra Banks  is fed up with the modeling industry and how it treats young models. Banks feels that nowadays Mondays have to be “skinnier than skinny” in order to be successful.

Models have so much pressure today. They have to look good on AND off the set. They have to arrive backstage at fashion shows looking and dressed as if they are already ON a runway. They have to be slimmer than slim. Skinnier than skinny. They have to compete with actresses, recording artists and reality stars for magazine covers and ad campaigns. They have to have tons of followers on social media to book top notch jobs. And they have to do selfies that make them look relatable, but not TOO relatable, because then people may comment that they don't understand, "Why the heck is THAT girl a friggin' model??!!!!" When I was a young model, yeah, we had to think about our weight, but not like today. I think I was size 6, not a size 0. And backstage at fashion shows, I looked like this photo you're looking at. Yep, that's teenaged me right before a YSL show was about to start in sneakers, plaid flannel and bad jeans. Mr. Yves Saint Laurent could care how I looked when I arrived to his show. But when I hit his stage, he expected excellence. And I made sure I delivered that every time I was chosen to walk his amazing runway. I'm sending love and hugs to all working, aspiring and super models worldwide. You all have lots to live up to. And I'm here cheering for you every single day. Stay strong girls. #throwbackthursday #throwbackTyTy

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Banks posted on Instagram, her issues with the industry.

“Models have so much pressure today. They have to look good on AND off the set. They have to arrive backstage at fashion shows looking and dressed as if they are already ON a runway. They have to be slimmer than slim. Skinnier than skinny,” the 41-year-old wrote alongside a photo of herself backstage at a show early in her career.

“They have to compete with actresses, recording artists and reality stars for magazine covers and ad campaigns. They have to have tons of followers on social media to book top-notch jobs. And they have to do selfies that make them look relatable, but not TOO relatable, because then people may comment that they don’t understand, ‘Why the heck is THAT girl a friggin’ model??!!!!’”

Back in Banks’ day, she was never an emaciated model, as the ones are right now. Banks always had curves, even though she was still no bigger than a size 6. But nowadays, most models look like they’re in the need of nourishment and vegetables. Heroin chic seems to be making a comeback.

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  • _a_

    This article is so tacky and offensive on so many levels smh. Whoever wrote it is ignorant.

    • Me

      that heroin chic line was way over the line. just b/c they’re skinnier doesn’t mean today’s models aren’t human.

    • _a_

      Exactly.Many ppl are naturally built that way.Even Tyra Banks used to be extremely skinny (before she started modeling). Should these girls not work because some ppl may not like their bodies? I can’t take this whole thing seriously.

    • *NmySkynn70*

      but i think she’s (tyra) saying is that by them consistently picking girls who very well may be naturally rail thin and letting that be the face of fashion is not a good idea, that it’s not the norm of the average woman. It gives a message to girls who aspire to be models the idea that to achieve that, they have to do drastic things (anorexia, bulimia, etc.), and that it’s just not a healthy image overall. Now i agree, some may very well may be this thin, but think of the many that are starving and purging just to keep their jobs as models.

    • _a_

      Oh well. Even if they were bigger they still wouldn’t look like the average woman. Its is what it is.

  • Me

    in response to tyra’s claim that models today have to compete against actors, musicians, etc for covers, i think rather than complaining about the trend she should be encouraging models to bring more to the table. if modeling is the only thing on your resume & designers want more of a back story, then give them something to dig their teeth into. i’m convinced that’s what rihanna did. her music is so-so, but her modeling leaves me speechless. i think in today’s world, it’s easier to sell a whole package than to just sell a face. as nosy as folks are these days, they wanna know what else a model does besides just posing for pics. don’t let modeling turn you into a 1 trick pony.

  • Many in the modeling industry have promoted certain limited, smaller images
    for a long time. Models of diverse phenotypes and diverse sizes should have the
    opportunities to model. There is nothing wrong with being a skinnier model, but
    most of the world’s population aren’t skinny. Likewise, since we live in a new
    era, the young models should be encouraged and mentored on business avenues,
    and other ways to build up their talents. I think Tyra Banks said what she
    said, because some ignorant people disrespected her years ago about her weight.
    She went on her talk show to refute those haters and she said that there is
    nothing wrong with being a bigger woman. I think that is where she is coming from. She knows about the modeling industry. That industry can be cruel, so it is important to say that the beauty of the human family is diverse not monolithic.