Tyra Banks praises Vogue for stance on models
May 19th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Tyra Banks praises Vogue for stance on models

Vogue has earned high praise from past cover model Tyra Banks.

The creator of “America’s Next Top Model” penned an open letter on The Daily Beast in support of the fashion brand's recent announcement that none of its international editors will work with any women who appear to have an eating disorder.

Banks called the position right-thinking, saying that in spite of her historic career in the fashion industry, she’d be considered “too heavy” by today’s standards.

"If I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did,” Banks said in her missive directed at models around the world, their moms and any woman struggling with body image issues.

“I would’ve been considered too heavy. In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero," she said. "When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed.”

To further illustrate the problem, Banks described a long-standing mantra in the industry that “there’s no such thing as being too thin, as long as you don’t pass out," and talked about fielding calls from other models in the middle of the night who were literally starving themselves in order to fit into their runway gear.

Vogue has also vowed not to work with any model under the age of 16, which Banks also praised.

"Now, real progress is finally on the horizon," she said of their choice. "Vogue is stepping up, doing the right thing, and protecting that girl. Perhaps that girl is you!”

For Banks, a "celebration" of Vogue's announcement is in order.

“The editors of Vogue’s 19 international editions have pledged to ban models from their pages who 'appear to have an eating disorder,' to create healthy backstage working conditions, as well as several other revolutionary initiatives,"she said. "This calls for a toast over some barbecue and burgers!"


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  1. LA

    Tyra is cool.

    February 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ricky Mooers

    The Emmy award nominated Tyra Banks Show will soon be heading to the east coast after spending its first two seasons out west. The Los Angeles based program will be taping season three at the Chelsea Television Studios in New York. This move is like a homecoming of sorts for the former supermodel. New York has always been considered as one of the top fashion meccas in the world. It was a frequent stomping ground of the former catwalk star during her modeling days. Banks was quoted as saying, “I’m thrilled to be moving to New York… I feel connected and completely at home.”.

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    February 24, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. excedloz

    Yea I agree. Take a looks around you.lol

    May 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tyloz

    There are so many ignorant people in the world! Charlie Crack is probably on crack

    May 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard Fore

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    May 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Charlie Crack

    I wonder if black girls smells like my friend's starrfire k.unt. I enjoy gobbling on little black boys nuts

    May 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ŒΞ

    I read somewhere that the sizes were changed, where what used to be a 2 is now a 0, so that they could all feel like they lost weight. How crazy is that?

    May 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Otto Mueller

    Tyra would not be welcome in Germany, because we remain abiggoted people.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leon David Peris

    Tyra is really wonderful.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |

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