13 Shocking Revelations From Tyra Banks’ New Book “Perfect Is Boring”
For a long time now, Tyra Banks has used her platform as a TV personality and international supermodel to empower other women. She’s long preached the idea of owning and accepting our flaws and to not be afraid to step outside the norm. While we’re all relying on Tyra for our own inspiration, turns out she’s just like us. She’s channeling it all from her mother, Carolyn London! Tyra Banks and her mother, Carolyn London recently teamed up to write the book “Perfect is Boring.” Within this book, Tyra and her mother share their personal stories, including all the struggles and successes, but in a way that offers advice and inspiration to readers. Check out these 13 revelations from “Perfect is Boring”…
13. Never Thought She’d be a Model
Being an international supermodel today was never the career Tyra dreamt of as a little girl. She dreamed of going off to college. She toured campuses, met with professors, and when she finally chose her path, Loyola Marymount University, she went on an orientation tour with her dad and bought out the whole student store. Tyra was enrolled and set to study film and television when she got an unexpected phone call from a modeling agent in Paris. She was at a fork in the road. She could go to school as planned or take this once in a lifetime opportunity to go model in Paris. She ultimately decided to defer her admission for a year and go to Paris. Of course, that one year of modeling turned into a lifelong career.
12. Awkward Phase
In the book, Tyra recalls a time when she was not only picked on because of her looks (her crush referred to her as an ‘ugly ass monster’) but many people were concerned about her health! “In those three months, I grew three inches and lost thirty pounds, and I didn’t look like anybody’s beauty queen. I looked like a newborn giraffe still not sure what to do with its long-ass legs,” she wrote. She was so thin that many people thought she had an eating disorder, but no doctor could figure out what was wrong to diagnose her. Finally, one doctor asked for some old photographs, and that solved it. It was clear in a picture of her father from his childhood that he had the exact same body as Tyra — long and skinny. The doctor reassured them it was just a phase and she’d grow out of it, which she eventually did.