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I mentioned Tyra Banks before in my #WCW post about Jennifer Lopez. Tyra was one of the women who helped me to have more body confidence as a teenager. As a model, she was the anti-waif, curvy and confident.
My sister gave me a copy of Tyra’s Beauty Inside and Out for my 17th birthday and I devoured that book. I kept it out, instead of placing it on a shelf and I still have my copy to this day. Tyra fashioned herself (pun intended) to more than a model. She offered her own brand of advice that felt real and refreshing. This was not common place in the 1990’s, so she stood out as a person who insisted that she was more than a pretty face, she was a force.
Tyra broke boundaries as a model, including being the first African-American to appear on the covers of GQ, Sports Illustrated and the Victoria Secret Catalog. She also built an empire with her talk show, America’s Next Top Model, a cosmetics company and numerous other projects.
One of the main reasons I admire Tyra is that she did not let anyone else define her. She blazed a path that is unlike other models that came before her. She could have faded into memory as a model, but made herself to be so much more. She inspires me to push my boundaries and grow beyond expectations.
I have added her most recent book to my 2019 to-read list and am looking forward to the new wisdom she has to offer.
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