Tyra Banks: Toast Vogue health initiative over some barbecue and burgers
Tyra Banks wants Vogue’s new model initiative to be toasted over "some barbecue and burgers".
Editors from 19 editions of the iconic fashion publication have agreed on The Health Initiative, which in part states they will no longer world with models so thin they “appear to have an eating disorder”.
Tyra is thrilled that the fashion industry is finally making a stand.
“This calls for a toast over some barbecue and burgers!” she told TheDailyBeast.com.
“When I started modelling, I used to see models who seemed unhealthy backstage at fashion shows. They appeared to be abusing their bodies to maintain a certain weight. These girls were booked over and over again for countless fashion shows and photo shoots… Now, real progress is finally on the horizon.”
At the beginning of Tyra’s career she was a US size 4, but as she got older she grew curves. Her mother was handed a list of designers who would no longer work with the star, which she found harrowing.
Her mom refused to let Tyra get too upset, taking her out for pizza and helping her see she could turn her womanly shape into an advantage.
The 38-year-old isn’t sure that would be possible in this day and age.
“Many of you have graciously said that you want to have the same type of career that I’ve had. But the truth is that if I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did,” she said. “I would’ve been considered too heavy. In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero. When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed.”