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Tyra Banks was a leading international fashion model and the first Black woman to land on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She later hosted. Following the controversy Tyra Banks garnered following her interview with gymnast Suni Lee, the current host with Dancing With The Stars is. SANTA MONICA, California - Former supermodel Tyra Banks has created an ice cream company called, "Smize Cream.".
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Two beautiful Tyra Banks narratives stand before me, all over my Twitter timeline. One, the story of an underdog supermodel-turned-fairy godmother, who helps young women follow their modeling dreams; the other, the story of a tyrant disguised in the lingerie of a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

And only one of these narratives will go on to be the story of one of America’s all-time top models.

A swirling combination of quarantine boredom, Amazon Prime’s streaming catalog, and the internet’s power to bring us closer together has turned the blazing division between which of these two storylines could be the truth behind Tyra Banks into a phenomenon for all of us — anyone online, not just fans of her TV shows — to witness.

This week, “Tyra” became one of Twitter’s top trending topics. Yet the iconic Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, reality competition genre pioneer, and daytime talk show host had not been part of any “new” news.

Tyra’s surge in search interest was the result of people pointing out how, in hindsight, America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show were silly, strange, and embarrassing, at best. At worst, they perpetuated toxicity, unhealthy body image, and befuddling understandings of race and sexuality.

The common factor in these shows, beyond their problematic content, is the woman at the helm. Tyra asserted that she wanted to disrupt the fashion industry that she knew so well (with ANTM, which has run for 24 seasons) and to tackle a range of issues that were important to her (with The Tyra Banks Show, which ran from 2005 to 2011). But looking back, both of these provocative programs seemed to clumsily enforce some of the fashion and entertainment industries’ worst traits.

And if these shows that Tyra staked her reputation and career on haven’t withstood the test of time, then what about everything else Tyra told us? What happens to Tyra’s own image? How does that hold up?

Was Tyra Banks the villain all along?

Rewatching movies and television shows is a national pastime, aided by streaming. And we continue watching our old favorite shows and films because they make us feel good.

There’s also a different but equally powerful type of satisfaction derived from watching something that doesn’t quite hold up or, after the zeitgeist has fallen off, reveals a new twist.

A popular example of a rewatch revelation is TheDevil Wears Prada, the 2006 movie with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.With each rewatch of that movie, it becomes clearer that the “devil” Miranda Priestly (Streep), the demanding editor of Runway, wants only the best for the magazine. Meanwhile, Nate (Adrian Grenier), Andy’s (Hathaway) put-upon potato boyfriend that we’re expected to love, is an unsupportive mope who stifles his girlfriend’s career — the true villain of the story.

That “true” reading of the movie and its real “villain” is now popular enough to become a meme:

These vindicatingrealizations about infamousvillains throughout media are common. We as a culture have also revised our reads of famously vilified women in real life, like the six wives of Henry the Eighth, Monica Lewinsky, Taylor Swift, and Marcia Clark, because hindsight has made it possible to recognize the various prejudices that played into their public perceptions.

It says a lot about society that many prominent women are first demonized, only to end up being seen as victims of their own stories and scandals many years after the fact. Tyra Banks’s television oeuvre is undergoing the opposite kind of retrospective analysis (which may well change again in the future).

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact “why” of what spurred a deeper examination of Tyra Banks over the past week in particular, but multiple seasons of her reality competition show, America’s Top Model, have been streaming on Amazon Prime. And since the coronavirus pandemic has people stuck at home, it stands to reason that many are streaming more than usual.

Clips of ANTM and reactions to them started going viral in early May on TikTok and Twitter, like one of Tyra telling a gay contestant on the fifth season of ANTM how to make her gayness acceptable. Tyra tells the contestant, “I’m black and proud ... but I’m not, like, walking down the red carpet [saying] ‘I’m black, I’m black.”

It’s hard to watch that without cringing, especially today. Kim Stolz, the contestant Tyra is lecturing in the above clip, wrote for MTV in 2008 about her experience on the show.

“As much as we should applaud the subversive topics that ‘ANTM’ has covered in its reign thus far — physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, female circumcision, gayness (hi!!) — we must also accept that there were moments when those issues were clearly exploited for entertainment value,” Stolz wrote, ahead of a season that featured the show’s first transgender model. “Maybe we can’t blame Tyra for this — after all, it’s business, right?”

A heterosexual person telling a gay person not to emphasize their sexual orientation so they can be pleasantly received by society is not a great look. But without letting Tyra — who received a GLAAD award for LGBTQ representation and inclusion in 2009 — fully off the hook, it’s important to remember this episode of ANTM aired in 2005, and the way society talks about LGBTQ people and tolerance, as well as masculinity and femininity, has advanced in ways many hadn’t considered 15 years ago.

That said, the sudden resurfacing of clips like this one spurred people to dig further back into the archives of ANTM and Tyra’s talk show. Was this offensive moment from ANTM a one-off? Was it part of a bigger trend of prejudiced language? And if this was happening on a show where Tyra promised to help and protect future models from an exploitative industry, was she the evil stepmother of her fairy tale promise?

America’s Next Top Model hasn’t aged well. And Tyra is a big reason why.

I am not afraid to admit that I was obsessed with America’s Next Top Model. I was a fan who watched the show, searched for spoilers, rewatched episodes on YouTube, and read the FourFour recaps religiously.

I can also, without a shadow of a doubt, say that there are parts of ANTM that wouldn’t make it to air today without complaints or heavy editing. I think many of the show’s questionable or outright deplorable elements are easier to recognize, as people have learned how to better respect and talk about race and women’s sexuality. Challenging prejudiced language and promoting inclusivity is more mainstream now than when Tyra’s shows were at their peak popularity.

There were at least two instances on the show — in cycle 4 from 2005 and cycle 13 from 2009 — where the photo shoots involved darkening girls’ skin so they could portray different races than their own:

Tyra said then that she didn’t mean to offend.

“I’m sorry to anybody that watched Top Model and was offended by the pictures because they didn’t understand the real story behind them or even if you did see the whole episode and you were still offended, I truly apologize because that is not my intention,” Tyra said in an interview in 2009. “My intention is to spread beauty and break down barriers.”

Also in cycle 4, one contestant, Keenyah, complained about being touched inappropriately by a male model, and Tyra brushed it off as the contestant not being assertive enough to control the situation. Similarly, in cycle 7, another contestant said that a male model she was paired with was being racist toward her, and Tyra and her judging panel responded that it was her job to kiss him and find a way to work together.

There were also instances of weight-shaming. Keenyah was talked to about her diet during filming and encouraged to eat better to offset her weight gain. In photo shoots, she was forced to dress as the deadly sin of gluttony and an elephant, while the show played sound effects and zoomed in on her stomach. She was scolded for the amount of retouching considered necessary on her photos. In cycle 7, another contestant had a storyline devoted to her weight and had to portray a “giant lady” circus freak and Oprah in photo shoots.

Another story that’s drawn new scrutiny is the criticism of cycle 6 winner Danielle, whom Tyra chided for her accent and the gap between her front teeth.

ANTM also delved into some tacky, exploitative moments, like a shoot conducted the day after a contestant was informed a friend of theirs had died; airing the conversation between a contestant and her boyfriend after the contestant admitted to cheating on him; and a ton of makeovers that feature endless rolls of young women crying on film.

All of these snippets are currently available to stream, making them easily accessible to revisit and discuss. While Tyra herself may not have directly overlaid the sad trombone sounds on a zoomed-in shot of Keenyah’s stomach, she was one of the creators of the show and credited as the executive producer from 2003 to 2015. If she had an issue with anything, it’s likely she could have cut it from the show.

Offscreen, ANTM and Tyra have reportedly punished hopefuls for their personal life choices. Jeana, a contestant on 2018’s cycle 24, the most recent, said that Tyra and the judges shamed her for posing for Playboy. Angelea, a two-time contestant and member of the all-star season cast, filed a lawsuit against Tyra in 2014, alleging she was disqualified for revealing she worked as an escort.

Former judges on the show have said that they also had unpleasant experiences working with Tyra. When asked about their statements (below), Tyra has refused to directly answer:

On The Tyra Banks Show, Tyra conducted a variety of ill-considered social experiments. These included donning a fat suit to experience life as a fat person, bringing in teens to confront other teens about being mean girls, and putting a black man in whiteface, as seen below:

Many things that could have passed as barely acceptable 17 years ago, at least for a reality TV show, just don’t hold up in today’s world, like some of the poorly thought-out photo shoots or telling a contestant to close the gap in their teeth.

It shouldn’t be that surprising that a show about the already controversial business of modeling was problematic in discussing women’s appearances and behavior. But there was some expectation that Tyra was going to create a show that would produce an American supermodel while also challenging the industry about its views.

As Stolz later pointed out in her MTV piece, Tyra’s goal with ANTM was to be subversive. She tackled topics like race, inequality, sexuality, and gender on the show in ways that a lot of reality television and the fashion industry weren’t doing at the time.

But as much as Tyra championed her show as a disruption to the standards of beauty by featuring diverse models in age, race, gender, size, and sexual orientation, the show exploited many of them, perhaps unintentionally, for ratings. And now, after many years, it’s easier to look back and see the missteps.

In 2020, we’ve learned that Tyra’s nemesis may not have been the villain she was made out to be

With the knowledge of how awful ANTM could be to its contestants, the subsequent question is then: How real was Tyra’s image as a loving mentor and supportive host?

A huge part of her origin story as the supermodel next door was that Naomi Campbell, the world’s preeminent black supermodel in the ’90s, essentially bullied Tyra out of the high-fashion business because Tyra was the heir apparent to Naomi’s status as the main black star in a mostly white business. It should be remembered that modeling, to this day, is still reckoning with its lack of diversity, and opportunities for black models back then were slim.

Tyra’s story lined up with other stories of Naomi throwing her phone at one of her staffers and allegedly receiving blood diamonds — which painted the model as a narcissistic terror. This became the predominant story of Naomi, and it clearly favored Tyra as one of the many victims.

In 2005, Tyra held a very special episode of her talk show devoted to confronting Naomi about their rivalry and how Tyra felt Naomi had treated her. Naomi has, in this interview and ever since, maintained she never bullied Tyra.

But in context, knowing how maniacal some of the stunts Tyra pulled on ANTM contestants were, what if Tyra’s claims about Naomi’s treatment of her were more contrived than Tyra made them seem? Maybe Naomi is not completely innocent of the awful behavior she has been accused of over the years, but maybe some of the things we’ve heard about her weren’t the whole truth.

Maybe she wasn’t a bully, but rather someone who didn’t really think about Tyra as much as Tyra fixated on her. Tyra has spoken about the feud directly in interviews and obliquely, on ANTM and many other times over the years, while Naomi has hardly ever referenced it.

Naomi has also, in the last few years, been more open about her anger issues, her substance abuse, and how drugs and alcoholism run rampant in the modeling world.

“Whatever I’ve done in my life — drugs, sex, rock and roll — I’ve enjoyed my life. I’m happy where I am today. I don’t want to go back,” she said in a 2013 interview during a promotional tour for the reality competition show she starred on at the time, The Face.“I came to a realization at 29 that I didn’t like myself the way I was. And that was it.”

This doesn’t in any way excuse Naomi’s allegedly volatile and abusive behavior. But her being able to recognize her faults and her problems shows growth.

Naomi has also undergone a recent cultural reappraisal, tied to her own competitive fashion show, Making the Cut. The show had its finale two weeks ago (also on Amazon Prime), and Naomi has been touted as the best thing about it. There’s also a strong force at play in fans’ desire to push a more positive spin on Naomi’s public image, which comes at the expense of reframing the image of Tyra, her biggest detractor. (That dynamic is also part of an unfortunate mentality in culture of pitting women against each other, a topic that’s worthy of its own article.)

The yikes-worthy stuff on ANTM and Tyra’s talk show will live on and on, and cringey clips will continue to be shared and pointed at as shockingly bad form. But Tyra herself has done good offscreen, like her T-Zone Camp (which became a public charity in 2005) that provides resources for girls and young women. Tyra has also been an advocate for diversity and body positivity.

But as Stolz says, the difficult thing for Tyra is that her good intentions are part of her business.

Perhaps it’s a testament to Tyra’s ability to pitch herself as a force for good, and stay in the public eye while doing so, that this wave of backlash against her self-created unimpeachable character is happening right now. It’s 17 years since the first episode of ANTM, 15 years since Tyra’s final Victoria’s Secret runway, and several years after she’s been lauded as a hero and trailblazer. It’s a tad surprising this uproar didn’t come sooner.

As some have pointed out, Tyra is not a mere mortal who can be canceled by conventional means:

The theory is that Tyra should have already been canceled, and people who have been devout followers of her career have repeatedly called out her antics as problematic. Yet she, like the sun setting in the west and water boiling at 212°F, is one of this world’s constants. And it’s not hard to imagine that in the future, we’ll continue to reexamine who the true villain or victim is in Tyra’s story, and whether Tyra is the hero she portrays herself to be.

Источник: https://www.vox.com/2020/5/8/21249408/tyra-banks-antm-backlash

'Dancing With The Stars' Fans Can't Stand Tyra Banks' Fashion Choices

Apparently, Dancing With The Stars viewers had one collective thought on Monday night: what in the world is Tyra Banks wearing? Though the show hosted a truly epic elimination mix-up, Twitter was fixated on the wardrobe choices—which they called less-than-flattering.

During the episode, Banks wore two different outfits. She opened the show with a nude-colored, sparkly one-sleeved dress. It had a diagonal sash over the bodice and hip, and Internet users didn't love it. But that was only the beginning.

Banks stepped out in a second dress later in the show. She revealed on Twitter she'd had a wardrobe malfunction on stage. "OMG! When I changed outfits, I wasn't zipped up and had to hold my outfit up while introducing the next act. Live TV, y'all!" she wrote.

No one seemed to notice the mishap because they were enthralled in the dress itself. The second look was a strapless dress with a corset-inspired top, along with two hip enhancers. It appeared that a corset was slipped over a silk slit dress, though it was obviously a one-piece look.

There's no nice way to phrase it: fans hated everything about it. Twitter was outraged at the style choices, questioning who was hired to dress Banks and how they can make it stop. Hundreds of tweets regarding the second dress, and general fashion choices from Banks on the season surfaced as the celebrity competitors spun across the stage, minds still fixated on Banks.

And the list goes on. Banks' name has been thrown around with a claim of terrible fashion sense. But it turns out, she might not care too much. Banks already knows her stylist Brandon Alexander is "bananas."

"His mind is bananas," Banks told ABC's VirtuFall panel, as reported by Parade. "He actually wants to sometimes change three times a show and I have to slow him down."

Though the stylist gives major input, Banks revealed it's not up to just them. "The great thing with my outfits is it's not just Brendon and me in a bubble," she noted. "We share it with the stage manager and the creative director. We're like, 'OK. So, this might be the dress. What do you think?' And then, 'What are the lights going to do?' So, it's a whole production. It's not just a dress. It's a whole thing."

Newsweek reached out to Alexander for comment on the criticism following Banks' Week 4 outfits but didn't hear back at the time of publication.

Источник: https://www.newsweek.com/dancing-stars-fans-cant-stand-tyra-banks-fashion-choices-1536789

Exclusive

Tyra Banks Defends Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Jade Joining Dancing With the Stars

Should Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade be allowed to compete on Dancing With the Stars? Host Tyra Banks didn't hold back in sharing her thoughts to E! News, plus more season 30 scoop.

September 20, 2021

Tyra Banks Shares Big Plans for "DWTS" Season 30 Premiere

"Dancing With the Stars" host Tyra Banks supports JoJo Siwa and her journey competing with a same-sex partner. Plus, will the retired model hit the runway again?!

September 20, 2021

Does Olivia Jade Deserve to Compete on "DWTS?"

After getting caught in the college admissions scandal with parents Lori Loughlin & Mossimo Giannulli, "DWTS" host Tyra Banks defends YouTuber Olivia Jade. Watch!

September 16, 2021

Tyra Banks Calls Victoria's Secret Rebrand a "Beauty Revolution"

Legends recognize legends! The OG Angel speaks out about the company's new inclusive initiative following her groundbreaking role as the first Black VS contract model.

June 18, 2021

Tyra Banks Reacts to Victoria's Secret's Brand Overhaul

It’s a "beauty revolution," and Tyra Banks says she's so proud to have a front row seat. Scroll on for her reaction to Victoria's Secret's decision to drop the Angels and rebrand with two initiatives.

June 18, 2021

Watch Anna Camp's Best "ANTM" Poses and Walk!

Not a fan of attending red carpets, Anna Camp reveals she channels her inner Tyra Banks to slay the carpet. Watch her strut for LVP and Lala Kent in this "Overserved With Lisa Vanderpump" bonus clip!

April 23, 2021

Tyra Banks Returning to Host Dancing With the Stars for Season 30

ABC announced Tyra Banks will be back in the ballroom for season 30 of Dancing With the Stars. Find out who will be joining her on the judges' panel.

March 30, 2021

Update!

America's Next Top Model's Lisa D'Amato Accuses Tyra Banks of Exploiting Childhood Trauma

Former America's Next Top Model winner Lisa D'Amato took to Instagram on Jan. 28 to allege that Tyra Banks would exploit Lisa's childhood trauma during filming.

January 30, 2021

Are They on Top? Checking In With the Winners of America's Next Top Model Now

They learned how to smize and tooch their booty. But did Tyra Banks' hand-picked beauties truly land on top of the fashion heap after winning America's Next Top Model?

December 4, 2020

Naomi Campbell's Latest Post Hints That Tyra Banks Is "the Real Mean Girl"

Naomi Campbell shared an eyebrow-raising post about Tyra Banks on Instagram Stories that had her millions of followers talking.

November 17, 2020

Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini Perform Racy Tribute to Coyote Ugly at 2020 CMT Music Awards

Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini went all-out at the 2020 CMT Music Awards by performing "The Other Girl" in a "promiscuous" homage to the movie Coyote Ugly to mark its 20th anniversary.

October 22, 2020

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How Tyra Banks Is Really Feeling About Dancing With the Stars Criticisms

A source exclusively revealed to E! News how Tyra Banks feels about Dancing With the Stars criticism.

October 14, 2020

Tyra Banks Just Confirmed a Coyote Ugly Reboot Is in the Works

Tyra Banks told Kelly Clarkson on Wednesday that she and actress Maria Bello are talking about making a Coyote Ugly sequel or reboot, and we are so ready for all the dance numbers!

October 7, 2020

Tyra Banks Sends a Message to Haters Amid Dancing With the Stars Criticism

Tyra Banks had a few words for negative commenters after she admittedly “messed up” her lines on Dancing With the Stars. Keep scrolling to hear what she had to say.

September 24, 2020

Watch Tyra Banks Teach Drew Barrymore How to Smize With a Mask

On Drew Barrymore’s new talk show, America’s Top Model mogul Tyra Banks revealed the key to smizing while wearing a face mask.

September 17, 2020

"DWTS" Host Tyra Banks Reflects on Her Debut

The "DWTS" newbie reveals if she was nervous leading up to grand entrance, talks Derek Hough becoming a judge and bringing high-fashion to the show. Watch!

September 17, 2020

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Chrishell Stause Reveals Which Selling Sunset Star She Could Beat on DWTS

E!'s Daily Pop caught up with Dancing With the Stars host Tyra Banks and contestant Chrishell Stause ahead of the season premiere! See what the two revealed below.

September 14, 2020

What Tyra Banks Is Bringing to "Dancing With the Stars"

The "ANTM" host is pulling double-duty hosting and executive producing "DWTS" without an audience. Plus, hear what she says about "Tiger King" star Carole Baskin!

September 8, 2020

AJ McLean Joins "Dancing With the Stars" Season 29

The Backstreet Boys singer officially confirms he'll be competing on the hit ABC. See who else is in the running for the Mirrorball Trophy!

August 27, 2020

Why Jay Manuel Will "Always Speak Positively" About Tyra Banks Despite Falling Out

Despite their falling out, Jay Manuel explained why he intends to speak positively of Tyra Banks given what she represents.

August 20, 2020

Источник: https://www.eonline.com/news/tyra_banks

Meet the ice cream marketed by Tyra Banks

LOS ANGELES — A new super-premium ice cream has arrived, and the minds behind it are supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks and ice cream scientist Maya Warren, PhD.

Smize Cream is a custard-style ice cream that features a cookie dough truffle covered in naturally colored sprinkles in every pint. The treat is launching with seven flavors, and more are on the way, according to the company.

The Best Vanilla I Ever Had is a vanilla custard-style ice cream with a fruity cereal cookie dough truffle in the bottom.

“When I first tasted this in our test kitchen, I said, ‘This is the best vanilla I ever had,’” Ms. Banks said. “Later, I shared it with a man walking by and he said, ‘This is the best vanilla ice cream I’ve ever had.’ So you know I had to name it that.”

The Strawberry BirthYay! Cake flavor features strawberry ice cream with cake pieces and colorful sprinkles plus a sprinkle birthday cake cookie dough truffle.

The Brownies, I Love You variety includes milk chocolate ice cream, brownie pieces, brownie batter bites and fudge. The pint contains a chocolate blueberry cookie dough truffle.

Tyra Banks and Smize CreamThe Purple Cookie Mon-Star & Me is a purple sweet cream ice cream with Oreo cookie pieces and a cookies and cream cookie dough truffle in the bottom.

The Chocolate Barbeque flavor features smoked chocolate ice cream, brownie pieces, roasted almonds and a bourbon cookie dough truffle.

The Salted Caramel King variety is made with salted sweet cream ice cream, butter-roasted pecans and salted caramel butter. The pint contains a salted caramel cookie dough truffle.

The Caramel Cookie Queen ice cream includes vanilla ice cream, caramel butter cookies and a salted caramel swirl with a toffee caramel cookie dough truffle in the bottom.

“Ever since I was a little girl, my mama and I have been obsessed with the creamy, crunchy, ooey-gooey comfort and delight of ice cream,” Ms. Banks said. “Everybody has their own unique stories and moments with ice cream at the center of them — hot summer days, celebrations, even broken hearts — but ice cream always made it better.”

Smize Cream is available on the brand’s website and at its first ice cream shop location in Los Angeles.

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Kira H. Banks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Clinical Program
Department of Psychology


Education

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research Interests

Banks’ research program has two trajectories: 1) examining the experience of African Americans with discrimination, and mental health, and 2) diversity in higher education and intergroup relations. Related to the former, she explores the experience of discrimination and racial identity (how individuals integrate race into their understanding of who they are). The latter, which focuses on intergroup relations, is intricately linked with the first trajectory. In her earlier work on the experience of discrimination, she consistently offered as an implication the need for creating more hospitable environments. For example, on college campuses, it is essential that we not only support students of color but also educate White students about what it means to engage in a diverse environment. Therefore, Banks’ work attempts to minimize the deleterious affects of discrimination while simultaneously intervening to foster increased and improved intergroup interactions.

Labs and Facilities

Professor Banks will be accepting students into her lab for Fall 2022.

Community Work and Service

Dr. Banks served as a racial equity consultant for the Ferguson Commission and has continued as the Racial Equity Catalyst for Forward Through Ferguson. Banks has also consulted with schools, communities, institutions of higher education and corporations to improve diversity and inclusion efforts and engage people in productive dialogue and action.

Источник: https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/psychology/faculty/banks-kira.php

'Dancing With The Stars' Fans Can't Stand Tyra Banks' Fashion Choices

Apparently, Dancing With The Stars viewers had one collective thought on Monday night: what in the world is Tyra Banks wearing? Though the show hosted a truly epic elimination mix-up, Twitter was fixated on the wardrobe choices—which they called less-than-flattering.

During the episode, Banks wore two different outfits. She opened the show with a nude-colored, sparkly one-sleeved dress. It had a diagonal sash over the bodice and hip, and Internet users didn't love it. But that was only the beginning.

Banks stepped out in a second dress later in the show. She revealed on Twitter she'd had a wardrobe malfunction on stage. "OMG! When I changed outfits, I wasn't zipped up and had to hold my outfit up while introducing the next act. Live TV, y'all!" she wrote.

No one seemed to notice the mishap because they were enthralled in the dress itself. The second look was a strapless dress with a corset-inspired top, along with two hip enhancers. It appeared that a corset was slipped over a silk slit dress, though it was obviously a one-piece look.

There's no nice way to phrase it: fans hated everything about it. Twitter was outraged at the style choices, questioning who was hired to dress Banks and how they can make it stop. Hundreds of tweets regarding the second dress, and general fashion choices from Banks on the season surfaced as the celebrity competitors spun across the stage, minds still fixated on Banks.

And the list goes on. Banks' name has been thrown around with a claim of terrible fashion sense. But it turns out, she might not care too much. Banks already knows her stylist Brandon Alexander is "bananas."

"His mind is bananas," Banks told ABC's VirtuFall panel, as reported by Parade. "He actually wants to sometimes change three times a show and I have to slow him down."

Though the stylist gives major input, Banks revealed it's not up to just them. "The great thing with my outfits is it's not just Brendon and me in a housekeeping jobs in bangor maine she noted. "We share it with the stage manager and the creative director. We're like, 'OK. So, this might be the kyra banks. What do you think?' And then, 'What are the lights going to do?' So, it's a whole production. It's not just a dress. It's a whole thing."

Newsweek reached out to Alexander for comment on the criticism following Banks' Week 4 outfits but didn't hear back at the time of publication.

Источник: https://www.newsweek.com/dancing-stars-fans-cant-stand-tyra-banks-fashion-choices-1536789

To succeed in the modern business environment, you need to strut your stuff: to cultivate a personal brand that supports career growth. No one represents this better than Tyra Banks. As a model, a producer, and an entrepreneur, Tyra has forged a personal brand that has enabled her to make multiple pivots, building fame, wealth, and meaningful impact on the issues that matter most to her. Startups can come and go, and so can employers. In our very uncertain landscape, the thing that remains constant is YOU: how you solve problems, how you learn from mistakes, how you build networks and relationships. And what you stand for. At its core a personal brand is a promise to a solution – and everyone, from your customers to your investors to your extended network, will want a clear and compelling picture of who you are and what you bring to the table. Cameo appearance: Andy Cunningham (Cunningham Collective).

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Two beautiful Tyra Banks narratives stand before me, all over my Twitter timeline. One, the story of an underdog supermodel-turned-fairy godmother, who helps young women follow their modeling dreams; the other, the story of a tyrant disguised in the lingerie of a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

And only one of these narratives will go on to be the story how to deposit a check online tcf one of America’s all-time top models.

A swirling combination of quarantine boredom, Amazon Prime’s streaming catalog, and the internet’s power to bring us closer together has turned the blazing division between which of these two storylines could be the truth behind Tyra Banks into a phenomenon for all of us — anyone online, not just fans of her TV shows — to witness.

This week, “Tyra” became one of Twitter’s top trending topics. Yet the iconic Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, reality competition genre pioneer, and daytime talk show host had not been part of any “new” news.

Tyra’s surge kyra banks search interest was the result of people pointing out how, in hindsight, America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show were silly, strange, and embarrassing, at best. At worst, they perpetuated toxicity, unhealthy body image, and befuddling understandings of race and sexuality.

The common factor in these shows, beyond their problematic content, is the woman at the helm. Tyra asserted that she wanted to disrupt the fashion industry that she knew so well (with ANTM, which has run for 24 seasons) and to tackle a range of issues that were important to her (with The Tyra Banks Show, which ran from 2005 to 2011). But looking back, both of these provocative programs seemed kyra banks clumsily enforce some of the fashion and entertainment industries’ worst traits.

And if these shows that Tyra staked her reputation and career on haven’t withstood the test of time, then what about everything else Tyra told us? What happens to Tyra’s own image? How does that hold up?

Was Tyra Banks the villain all along?

Rewatching movies and television shows is a national pastime, aided by streaming. And we continue watching our old favorite shows and films because they make us feel good.

There’s also a different but equally powerful type of satisfaction derived from watching something that doesn’t quite hold up or, after the zeitgeist has fallen off, reveals a new twist.

A popular example of a rewatch revelation is TheDevil Wears Prada, the 2006 movie with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.With each rewatch of that movie, it becomes clearer that the “devil” Miranda Priestly (Streep), the demanding editor of Runway, wants only the best for the magazine. Meanwhile, Nate (Adrian Grenier), Andy’s (Hathaway) put-upon potato boyfriend that we’re expected to love, is an unsupportive mope who stifles his girlfriend’s career — the true villain of the story.

That “true” reading of the movie southern heritage funeral home alabama its real “villain” is now popular enough to become a meme:

These vindicatingrealizations about infamousvillains throughout media are common. We as a culture kyra banks also revised our reads of famously vilified women in real life, like the six wives of Henry the Eighth, Monica Lewinsky, Taylor Swift, and Marcia Clark, because hindsight has made it possible to recognize the various prejudices that played into their public perceptions.

It says a lot about society that many prominent women are first demonized, only to end up being seen as victims of their own stories and scandals many years after the fact. Tyra Banks’s television oeuvre is undergoing the opposite kind of retrospective analysis (which may well change again in the future).

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact “why” of what spurred a deeper examination of Tyra Banks over the past week in particular, but multiple seasons of her reality competition show, America’s Top Model, have been streaming on Amazon Prime. And since the coronavirus pandemic has people stuck at home, it stands to reason that many are streaming more than usual.

Clips of ANTM and reactions to them started going viral in early May on TikTok and Twitter, like one of Tyra telling a gay contestant on the fifth season of ANTM how to make her gayness acceptable. Tyra tells the contestant, “I’m black and proud . but I’m not, like, walking down the red carpet [saying] ‘I’m black, I’m black.”

It’s hard to watch that without cringing, especially today. Kim Stolz, the contestant Tyra is lecturing in the above clip, wrote for MTV in 2008 about her experience on the show.

“As much as we should applaud the subversive topics that ‘ANTM’ has covered in its reign thus far — physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, female circumcision, gayness (hi!!) — we must also accept that there were moments when those issues were clearly exploited for entertainment value,” Stolz wrote, ahead of a season that featured the show’s first transgender model. “Maybe we can’t blame Tyra for this — after all, it’s business, right?”

A heterosexual person telling a gay person not to emphasize their sexual orientation so they can be pleasantly received by society is not a great look. But without letting Tyra — who received a GLAAD award for LGBTQ representation and inclusion in 2009 — fully off the hook, it’s important to remember this episode of ANTM aired in 2005, and the way society talks about LGBTQ people and tolerance, as well as masculinity and femininity, has advanced in ways many hadn’t considered 15 years ago.

That said, the sudden resurfacing of clips like this one spurred people to dig further back into the archives of ANTM and Tyra’s talk show. Was this offensive moment from ANTM a one-off? Was it part of a bigger trend of prejudiced language? And if this was happening on a show where Tyra promised to help and protect future models from an exploitative industry, was she the evil stepmother of her fairy tale promise?

America’s Next Top Model hasn’t aged well. And Tyra is a big reason why.

I am not afraid to admit that I was obsessed with America’s Next Top Model. I was a fan who watched the show, searched for spoilers, rewatched episodes on YouTube, and read the FourFour recaps religiously.

I can also, without a shadow of a doubt, say that there are parts of ANTM that wouldn’t make it to air today without complaints or heavy editing. I think many of the show’s questionable or outright deplorable elements are easier to recognize, as people have learned how to better respect and talk about race and women’s sexuality. Challenging prejudiced language and promoting inclusivity is more mainstream now than when Tyra’s shows were at their peak popularity.

There were at least two instances on the show — in cycle 4 from 2005 and cycle 13 from 2009 — where the photo shoots involved darkening girls’ skin so they could portray different races than their own:

Tyra said then that she didn’t mean to offend.

“I’m sorry to anybody that watched Top Model and was offended by the pictures because they didn’t understand the real story behind them or even if you did see the whole episode and you were still offended, I truly apologize because that is not my intention,” Tyra said in an interview in 2009. “My intention is to spread beauty and break down barriers.”

Also in cycle 4, one contestant, Keenyah, complained about being touched inappropriately by a male model, and Tyra brushed it off as the contestant not being assertive enough to control the situation. Similarly, in cycle 7, another contestant said that a male model she was paired with was being racist toward her, and Tyra and her judging panel responded that it was her job to kiss him and find a way to work together.

There were also instances of weight-shaming. Keenyah was talked to about her diet during filming and encouraged to eat better to offset her weight gain. In photo shoots, she was forced to dress as the deadly sin of gluttony and an elephant, while the show played school student bank account effects and zoomed in on her stomach. She was scolded for the amount of retouching considered necessary on her photos. In cycle 7, another contestant had a storyline devoted to her weight and had to portray a “giant lady” circus freak and Oprah in photo shoots.

Another story that’s drawn new scrutiny is the criticism of cycle 6 winner Danielle, whom Tyra chided for her accent and the gap between her front teeth.

ANTM also delved into some tacky, exploitative moments, like a shoot conducted the day after a contestant was informed a friend of theirs had died; airing the conversation between a contestant and her boyfriend after the contestant admitted to cheating kyra banks him; and a ton of makeovers that feature endless rolls of young women crying on film.

All of these snippets are currently available to stream, making them easily accessible to revisit and discuss. While Tyra herself may not have directly overlaid the sad trombone sounds on a zoomed-in shot of Keenyah’s stomach, she was one of the creators of the show and credited as the executive producer from 2003 to 2015. If she had an issue with anything, it’s likely she could have cut it from the show.

Offscreen, ANTM and Tyra have reportedly punished hopefuls for their personal life choices. Jeana, a contestant on 2018’s cycle 24, the most recent, said that Tyra and the judges shamed her for posing for Playboy. Angelea, a two-time contestant and member of the all-star season cast, filed kyra banks lawsuit against Tyra in 2014, alleging she was disqualified for revealing she worked as an escort.

Former judges on the show have said that they also had unpleasant experiences working with Tyra. When asked about their statements (below), Tyra has refused to directly answer:

On The Tyra Banks Show, Tyra conducted a variety of ill-considered social experiments. These included donning a fat suit to experience life as a fat person, bringing in teens to confront other teens about being mean girls, and putting a black man kyra banks whiteface, as seen below:

Many things that could have passed as barely acceptable 17 years ago, at least for a reality TV show, just don’t hold up in today’s world, like some of the poorly thought-out photo shoots or telling a contestant to close the gap in their teeth.

It shouldn’t be that surprising that a show about the already controversial business of modeling was problematic in discussing women’s appearances and behavior. But there was some expectation that Tyra was going to create a show that would produce an American supermodel while also challenging the industry about its views.

As Stolz later pointed out in her MTV piece, Tyra’s goal with ANTM was to be subversive. She tackled topics like race, inequality, sexuality, and gender on the show in ways that a lot of reality television and the fashion industry weren’t doing at the time.

But as much as Tyra championed her show as a disruption to the standards of beauty by featuring diverse models in age, race, gender, size, and sexual orientation, the show exploited many of them, perhaps unintentionally, for ratings. And now, after many years, it’s easier to look back and see the missteps.

In 2020, we’ve learned that Tyra’s nemesis may not have been the villain she was made out to be

With the knowledge of how awful ANTM could be to its contestants, the subsequent question is then: How real was Tyra’s image as a loving mentor and supportive host?

A huge part of her origin story as the supermodel next door was that Naomi Campbell, the world’s preeminent black supermodel in the ’90s, essentially bullied Tyra out of the high-fashion business because Tyra was the heir apparent to Naomi’s status as the main black star in a mostly white business. It should be remembered that modeling, to this day, is still reckoning with its lack of diversity, and opportunities for black models back then were slim.

Tyra’s story lined up with other stories of Naomi throwing her phone at one of her staffers and allegedly receiving blood diamonds — which painted the model as a narcissistic terror. This became the predominant story of Naomi, and it clearly favored Tyra as one of the many victims.

In 2005, Tyra held a very special episode of her talk show devoted to confronting Naomi about their rivalry and how Tyra felt Naomi had treated her. Naomi has, in this interview and ever since, maintained she never bullied Tyra.

But in context, knowing how maniacal some of the stunts Tyra pulled on ANTM contestants were, what if Tyra’s claims about Naomi’s treatment of her were more contrived than Tyra made them seem? Maybe Naomi is not completely innocent of the awful behavior she has been accused of over the years, but maybe some of the things we’ve heard about her weren’t the whole truth.

Maybe she wasn’t a bully, but rather someone who didn’t really think about Tyra as much as Tyra fixated on her. Tyra has spoken about the feud directly in interviews and obliquely, on ANTM and many other times over the years, while Naomi has hardly ever referenced it.

Naomi has also, in the last few years, been more open about her anger issues, her substance abuse, and how drugs and alcoholism run rampant in the modeling world.

“Whatever Kyra banks done in my life — drugs, sex, rock and roll — I’ve enjoyed my life. I’m happy where I am today. I don’t want to go back,” she said in a kyra banks interview during a promotional tour for the reality competition show she starred on at the time, The Face.“I came to a realization at 29 that I didn’t like myself the way I was. And that was it.”

This doesn’t in any way excuse Naomi’s allegedly volatile and abusive behavior. But her being able to recognize her faults and her problems shows growth.

Naomi has also undergone a recent cultural reappraisal, tied to her own competitive fashion show, Making the Cut. The show had its finale two weeks ago (also on Amazon Prime), and Naomi has been touted as the best thing about it. There’s also a strong force at play in fans’ desire to push a more positive spin on Naomi’s public image, which comes at the expense of reframing the image of Tyra, her biggest detractor. (That dynamic is also part of an unfortunate mentality in culture of pitting women against each other, a topic that’s worthy of its own article.)

The yikes-worthy stuff on ANTM and Tyra’s talk show will live on and on, and cringey clips will continue to be shared and pointed at as shockingly bad form. But Tyra herself has done good offscreen, like her T-Zone Camp (which became a public charity in 2005) that provides resources for girls and young women. Tyra has also been an advocate for diversity and body positivity.

But as Stolz says, the difficult thing for Tyra is that her good intentions are part of her business.

Perhaps it’s a testament to Tyra’s ability to pitch herself as a force for good, and stay in the public eye while doing so, that this wave of backlash against her self-created unimpeachable kyra banks is happening right now. It’s 17 years since the first episode of ANTM, 15 years since Tyra’s final Victoria’s Secret runway, and several years after she’s been lauded as a hero and trailblazer. It’s a tad surprising this uproar didn’t come sooner.

As some have pointed out, Tyra is not a mere mortal who can be canceled by conventional means:

The theory is that Tyra should have already been canceled, and people who have been devout followers of her career have repeatedly called out her antics as problematic. Yet she, like the sun setting in the west and water boiling at 212°F, is one of this world’s constants. And it’s not hard to imagine that in the future, we’ll continue to reexamine who the true villain or victim is in Tyra’s story, and whether Tyra is the hero she portrays herself to be.

Источник: https://www.vox.com/2020/5/8/21249408/tyra-banks-antm-backlash

Dancing With The Stars host Tyra Banks’ ‘questionable’ approach ‘won’t cause significant damage to brand’, expert says

Tyra Banks' on-air malfunctions as Dancing With The Star host 'won't cause significant damage to her brand'

Tyra Banks has had a rocky time as the new host of Dancing With The Stars, however, her mistakes haven’t caused irreparable damage to her brand, a reputation expert has said.

The former America’s Next Top Model host has seen herself coming under fire from fans week after week since taking over from Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews last year.

Indeed, she’s constantly faced backlash due to a series of on-air mistakes and her outlandish styling choices – which viewers do not seem to enjoy.

However, crisis and PR expert Eric Schiffer tells Metro.co.uk that the supermodel’s brand hasn’t taken too much of a hit despite the bad headlines.

‘Tyra won’t face significant damage to her brand for her on-air malfunctions,’ he explained. ‘Many may view her hosting acts questionable, yet Dancing with the Stars has seen growth this season and remains a top show for the ABC Network.’

Schiffer, who is chairman of Los Angeles-based firm Reputation Management Consultants, added: ‘Tyra’s choices are on the higher stakes but not nuclear.’

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Tyra Banks

As her second season hosting the show continues, the star managed to power through slip-ups with more ease.

Something that contestants and professional dancers have been quick to praise amid the ongoing backlash.

Former contestant Olivia Jade recently defended the star and stated: ‘I think she has been doing great. I love Tyra. 

‘I think she slays her walk, she comes out there and she is killing it. I really love her and I have nothing but good things to say.’

Dancer Cheryl Burke added: ‘I thought tonight she definitely stood out to me in a good way, she has been very sweet and supportive, she’s also developed relationships with all of us and I think that is very important to have that personal connection. 

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‘She looked gorgeous tonight and she has definitely found her own stride with the show… So I think she is doing great.’

Dancing With the Stars continues on ABC in the US.

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Источник: https://metro.co.uk/2021/11/16/dwts-host-tyra-banks-questionable-style-wont-damage-her-brand-15560477/

Tyra Banks is opening a smizing-inspired ice cream shop in Santa Monica

This weekend supermodel, reality-TV personality, talk-show host and multi-hyphenate entrepreneur Tyra Banks wants to give you something to smile with your eyes about. 

In 2009 the America’s Next Top Model host and producer coined the “smize,” a now-lexicon term that means smiling not with your mouth, but with your eyes, and today, she launches an ice cream shop in Santa Monica branded fully around it. That’s right, we’re getting a SMiZE Cream parlor (smizing not required for purchase).

Technically Banks’s confection is frozen custard, not ice cream, due to its higher egg yolk and milk fat content, and it comes in a range of flavors such as strawberry birthday cake with sprinkles; salted caramel with butter-roasted pecans; Chocolate Barbecue, involving a smoked-chocolate base, brownies and roasted almonds; and one titled The Best Vanilla I Ever Had. Banks isn’t responsible for the recipes themselves—she tapped a culinary team to help create and manufacture them, including food scientist and fellow reality-TV participant Dr. Maya Warren—and at the bottom of each cup, there’s a sprinkle-coated cookie-dough truffle in flavors that correspond to each variety of frozen custard. 

Tyra Banks is cream SMiZE Cream

You’ll be able to pick up flavors in prepackaged eight- and 14-ounce cups, and if you don’t happen to be anywhere near Banks’s ode to smizing and frozen custard, the brand also launches nationwide shipping today.

If you are in town, there’s a lot going on at SMiZE Cream’s new Santa Monica outpost, which sits at the base of the Santa Monica Place mall. To kick things off, Banks is hosting a giveaway for the first 50 customers when the shop opens at 4pm, and there’ll be an appearance by choreographer Hollywood, who’ll be teaching customers a dance for the occasion—there might, additionally, also be a taping for a music video.

Gold-painted records hang from the ceiling in a nod to DJ Splitz, the brand’s fictional cofounder and mascot, who lives an influencer-like life on an Instagram of her own, though nothing is as, uh, colorful and chaotic as SMiZE Cream’s own Instagram account, where you might find collage art of Banks looking into an ornate and ice-cream–decorated hand mirror in who’s-the-fairest-of-them-all fashion; posing in the cartoon apartment of DJ Splitz; and, naturally, eating SMiZE Cream on camera slowly before breathlessly asking, “Want some?”

Take a peek at SMiZE Cream’s first brick-and-mortar shop, below. If you haven’t been smizing since 2009 and need a refresher, let this tutorial from Banks and that chaotic-good SMiZE Cream account get your eyes squinting in preparation:

Tyra Banks ice cream, SMiZE Cream
Tyra Banks ice cream SMiZE Cream
Tyra Banks ice cream SMiZE Cream

SMiZE Cream opens at 4pm Friday, July 2, on the ground floor of the Santa Monica Place mall, at 395 Santa Monica Pl. Find it open 1 to 9pm Monday to Friday, and noon to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Источник: https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/news/tyra-banks-is-opening-a-smizing-inspired-ice-cream-shop-in-santa-monica-070221

The Untold Truth Of Tyra Banks

Unlike other retired models, Tyra Banks became a businesswoman and took on other passion projects over the years, including coming up with the conception for Modelland — an experimental attraction in California. "So, Modelland is in Santa Monica, Calif. — steps from the world famous Santa Monica Pier," she said on the Today show in February 2020.

"It is a place where you can live the ultimate modeling fantasy," she continued. "It is for families, it is for kids, it's for teens, it's for moms, it's for dads, it's date night, date day, where you can come and work photoshoots and runways and shopping and there is theater. There is an immersive theater experience where you are the star. You are not waiting in line to get somebody's autograph — you are the star."

Banks wanted to create this magical place so that "everyone can just feel so beautiful and so accepted" — something she didn't always feel at the beginning of her career. "The first six [modeling agencies] said no, and then even when I was signed, I mean, I was constantly told no because of my skin color," she admitted. "And then later I started to gain weight, and that made me look at everyone and say, 'You know, there is so much pressure and it's time to relieve that pressure.'"

As a result, Modelland was born. "It is the hardest thing for me to introduce and to explain to people because it's insane — it's never been done before," she added.

Источник: https://www.nickiswift.com/226815/the-untold-truth-of-tyra-banks/

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