Tyra Announces Plus-Size Teen Model Competition

Tyra Banks has officially announced her plans to find the next best teenage plus-sized model. The search, which is the first of its kind, will be for girls aged 13-19 and sizes 12-10. Tyra, who says I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty, has always been an advocate of beauty in all shapes and sizes, especially through her talk show, ˜The Tyra Show.’ The actual competition will take place on her talk show on March 2nd, when the contestants will be announced. A winner will be announced the next day.

I’m always a little skeptical of Tyra’s attempts at showing the beauty in all types of women. While it is something that should be done much more often in mainstream media, I find Tyra to be a bit of a hypocrite. While she promotes beauty of all kinds on her talk show, she doesn’t seem to have the same mentality on her show ˜America’s Next Top Model.’ Instead of setting these girls apart as plus-sized’ models, why can’t they simply just be models in the same way that the winners of ˜America’s Next Top Model’ are? I would be much more impressed with Ms. Banks if she didn’t also have a television show that tells these same plus-sized teens that they aren’t good enough. Don’t get me wrong, I think what Tyra is promoting on her talk show is amazing, however, I think she has the power to go that extra mile and really prove to young girls and women that beauty does come in all forms.

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