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Tyra Banks made headlines yesterday with an important ‘open letter to models’ in The Daily Beast, supporting the decision by Vogue to ban models who appear to have an eating disorder.

Most news outlets picked up on Tyra’s admission that she probably would have been too “heavy” to get work if she were starting out in modeling today.

But there’s a more vital message further down in Tyra’s letter: urging mothers to “use their power” to help young girls develop healthy and realistic attitudes about body shapes. We’ve reprinted those remarks below.

Very, very wise words from someone who knows what she’s talking about, uses her celebrity purposefully and, as owner of America’s Next Top Model, is in a position to make a difference.

To moms everywhere, we need to educate our girls not to fall prey to thinspirational images of beauty.

So where do we start? By being very careful about how we talk about our own bodies in front of our daughters. We can show our daughters diverse images of beautiful women: curvy, tall, short, and everything in-between.

Moms, you are the first and most influential role model in your girl’s life. Use that power. Teach her to love herself and everything that makes her unique.

To young girls everywhere, it’s sad that our bodies go in and out of style, just like fashion trends. One season we’re supposed to be a zero, and the next you’re supposed to be a six. Then you’re supposed to have a six-pack, but wait, now you’re supposed to be juicy … with a booty! It makes us feel crazy. Many of you are saying, “What the heck am i supposed to be?” Exactly who you are right now: that’s who you need to be. 

There are so many models out there with bodies that aren’t stick figures. There’s Lara Stone, who has unique features like the gap between her front teeth, and she’s not a stick. And I love Doutzen Kroes and Kate Upton’s bodies. They’re softer than most girls these days. Kate Dillon is a gorgeous plus-size model, or, as I like to call her, “fiercely real.”

I’ve been using the word “flawsome” a lot. It’s you + your flaws + awesome = Flawsome. I have a big forehead, and I got made fun of all time. When I was a little girl, they used to call me “five-head.” I’ve been teased my whole life, but I continue to rock it with pride. Years ago one of my agents told me that my forehead was what got me signed.

Now it’s up to you. Take your “flaw,” and turn it on its (fore)head. And never forget that you are fabulous, you are fierce, you are flawsome.”

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3 Responses to “Worth Repeating: Tyra’s ‘Flawsome’ Message to Moms and Daughters”

  1. Claire says:

    This is amazing! Definitely one to stick on the fridge. It’s terrifying the effect you can have on your daughter, by just talking about diets, fretting about weight or stopping them from snacking. My partner’s daughter is at the vulnerable age of 12 and whenever I’m around her, I try and talk about how much I love my size 14 body. She found this so refreshing because I think her mother is a constant dieter and this rubs off on her, which is worrying.
    Do NOT inflict your weight worries on your daughter otherwise she will carry that same worry around with her for the rest of her life, not without passing it on to HER daughter of course.
    By all means encourage healthy eating and exercise – but the point of this must be HEALTH not SKINNY.

  2. Kim says:

    I hope they don’t make this as reason to support people with obesity.

  3. Lynda Vergi says:

    In my view,this is remarkable! One to stick about the family chiller. It’s horrifying the consequence you could have in your girl, by simply talking about diet programs, hands regarding pounds or halting these people through snack on. My partner’s child reaches the particular prone age of twelve and whenever I’m around her, I aim as well as speak about how much I enjoy my own dimension 18 entire physique. Your woman discovered this so rejuvenating since I think the woman’s mom is really a continual legislature which strokes away from on her behalf, which can be stressing.Do not instill unwanted weight concerns in your child otherwise she’ll carry that same get worried close to together along with your ex for the rest of her life, not necessarily with out transferring this to her girl needless to say.Go ahead and inspire healthy consuming and exercise.

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