In October, ARISE Magazine released their cover of Issue 17 featuring the great Tyra Banks. I love Tyra and her personality. Even though many people think its faked, I just love the ‘weirdness’ in it all.
In her chat, she said certain things that stood out. Below are my favorite lines from her interview. Enjoy!
ARISE online had a quick natter with the fashion mogul just before she swapped the make-up room backstage for the set of our shoot and her cover-story interview. In person she appears shy, sweet and unassuming but it’s clear that when the attention’s on you she’s all yours.
Driving my car on the weekends… far. Washing my make-up off at the end of the day… it just feels damn good, it’s really me when I look at the mirror. I’m like ‘That’s who she is, they don’t know her’. [And] making young girls feel good, having a young girl coming up to me and me complimenting her on something physically and see her face light up, that just makes me happy.
Smize. It was an accident so that’s why I like it. I created this word because for years on Top Model I’d say smile with your eyes, smile with your eyes. I’m always watching myself, because I watch it [the show] more than the average person as I’m in the editing bay, and I’d be like ‘This is so long’ and one day I was like ‘smize!’
What gives me satisfaction is I’ve been in a restaurant totally incognito in the corner and there’s a group of girls who don’t know I’m there and they’re like ‘Let’s take a group picture… smize!’ And I’m like ‘Oh my gosh’. I’m proud of that word.
Least favourite word?
Plus-size. I find that it doesn’t sound positive so I like ‘fiercely real’ because it’s not plus-size, it’s the average body. To say plus-size it’s like ‘plus what?’ Plus-size for a fashion skinny model? I like fiercely real and that’s what I say on Top Model and what I say in life to my mum and friends.
Earliest fashion memory?
Me sitting on the edge of the bath tub while my mother beats her face [i.e. puts on a tonne of make-up]. That’s where I learnt to be a drag queen – from my mother. She likes a lot of make-up and I like a lot.
Have tunnel vision but do not forget your personal life. I’m all about teaching people to go for your goals, work extra hard, tunnel vision, tunnel vision. Now I say have tunnel vision but don’t forget your personal life. Now I talk to them about not forgetting your friends; yes you have to sacrifice but don’t forget your family, don’t forget if you want to have children. I waited too late for all of that. So I feel it’s important to have the balance, and I’m learning that now.
What advice would you give to a stranger who doubted themselves?
I’d tell them to do something my mum says: look to the other side, and that this moment of self-doubt and not feeling good about yourself is fleeting and it’s not gonna last.
Write down what you’re feeling bad about and then write down some solutions to get out of it. And even if you don’t have a solution, even just writing down what’s bad will help as it gets out of your system. Close your eyes and lie down and imagine a month or tomorrow or a year from now when you’re past this. Imagine what it looks like and what does that feel like. Now work backwards to make that a reality.
Read the full interview HERE