Tyra Banks' self-esteem campaign: Awesome or annoying?

tyra-banks-nude_lTyra Banks continued her relentless campaigning on behalf of freakishly beautiful people everywhere, this time “stripping down” — to a bodysuit, anyway — in New York’s Union Square to promote the new season of her talk show. This particular act, to me, is neither egregious nor provocative — that attire in any other color would just be run-of-the-mill yoga wear. But she is also declaring the date of the show’s premiere, Sept. 8, National Real Hair Day, on which she’ll go weave-less.

It all begs the question of whether ‘the America’s Next Top Model host’s ongoing message of “celebrating inner and outer beauty and owning and rocking what you’ve got” is a little much coming from, let’s face it, one of the most stunning women in the world. I’m torn: She really has taken her share of outrageous hits from snotty bloggers and raggy magazines who take perverse delight in pointing out that she, like most women over 30, has cellulite. Not cool, no matter how gorgeous or famous a person is. (You might as well point out that she breathes air or is made of flesh with an underlying structure of bone.) And I applaud her for celebrating her natural self (for at least one whole day!) while continuing to show that even supermodels have to work to look like they do; that makes us all feel a little better about our average selves.

But by the same token, she’s far from average, and it can grate on a regular girl’s insecurities to see somebody who looks like Tyra going on about loving her inner self and embracing her physical flaws as that which makes her unique, blah blah blah. It’s weird how much easier it is to love your inner self when you also have flawless skin and perfect bone structure.

So what do you think, PopWatchers? Is Tyra doing good by taking on the issue of body image? Or is she just making matters worse?

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Loccisano/Warner Bros.

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  • chris


    • Phnam Ngyuen

      I am in agreement with you. she seem like she know everythink and all info and so on. but in reality she not peacefilled woman. i feel she has dislike and bad thinks in her. i don’t now this for sure but this what i thing.

  • Ashlee

    It seems odd that the other women have actually stripped down whereas Tyra is wearing an almost full bodysuit.

  • Wojo

    Awww sweet, I can’t wait for a 4-day weekend with Labor Day and National Real Hair Day BBQs back-to-back! Thanks, Tyra!

  • Anna

    Tyra Banks scares me. I don’t understand her appeal at ALL! Can someone please fill me in??

    • Snarf

      Luck and viewing public with questionable taste.

  • mscisluv

    It wouldn’t be as annoying if she didn’t critique women’s (outer) beauty on ANTM. I know that’s part of modeling, but I feel like you can’t have it both ways. So on her talk show it’s all about being “real,” but on ANTM it’s all about being “beautiful”?

  • Sara

    Good lord. I’m a little too devoted to ANTM, but I find her godawful annoying outside the show. “Celebrate your bodies! You’re beautiful! I mean, I’m hotter than all y’all, and I’m not stripping to my skivvies because I don’t have the confidence to face the media critiques, but be proud of who you are!” *roll eyes*

    And who bloody cares if she’s wearing a weave or not? The makeup-free show was interesting if only so we could see the narcissist in her natural state, but weaveless? Oooooh? Ahhhh?

  • topazbean

    Part of me agrees with you. Tyra could certainly be more sensitive about the issues she discusses by admitting that she was born very lucky with the looks she has. Then again the cosmetics/plastic surgery/fashion industry is built on the sorts of jealousy and resentment that you describe. The fact is that every woman, no matter how beautiful, has been made to feel ugly, made to feel like dressing up is something you do for other people, not for personal pleasure, and that no matter how attractive you are, you should always be doing more to improve yourself and simultaneously feeling guilty for not doing enough. In addition we are encouraged to compare ourselves to others and always come out feeling inferior. Beautiful woman can be the most insecure of the bunch because they have been made to feel that they have nothing to offer but their looks – that if they do not have those they have nothing. How many incredibly attractive people have you met that constantly go on about everything they don’t like about themselves? Yes, it feels insensitive to us average-looking people, but the saddest thing is that everything they say is completely sincere. The vast majority of people look just fine. Feeling ugly has very little to do with what you actually look like, and everything to do with what is going to encourage you to buy more cosmetic products and procedures. Beautiful people and average people will pay exactly the same money for a nose job, so we are essentially all the same market.

  • Katie

    First she wants us to appreciate our “inner beauty”…and then she runs a show called America’s Next Top MODEL…which judges people on their OUTSIDE.

    Talk about conflict of interest…

  • Snarf

    Tyra’s being disingenuous again. Are you forgetting the big boo-hoo she had on her show where she tearfully addressed being called fat. After her rant, she went about her business which included losing about 30lbs. Clearly, the woman thinks she can have her cake and eat it too.

  • Stephanie T.

    Annoying, but not as annoying as Wendy Williams. And I agree, that Tyra is a bit of a hypocrite because she hosts Americas Top Model which judges women from the outside. There was only one season where a plus-sized woman won, but still. Then she went on a rant because a photo of her was taken and was not photoshoped (most of her shots are). The photo showed her to be 30 pounds heavier. She has to choose sides. She cannot be on both.

  • annonymous

    Maybe she didn’t strip down because her body is so beautiful she didn’t want the others to feel bad about themselves? Just a thought

  • Sina

    I just love how Tyra surrounds herself with women way bigger than her.

  • AF

    OMG, Tyra! Another one of her “look at me” topics for her shows! Seriously, a walking contradiction — let’s embrace our true and inner beauty BUT let me judge your height, awkward poses, etc. on ANTM. Ugh, can she just STOP already?!

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