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Model mogul Tyra Banks graces the cover of the November issue of ARISE Magazine. Find out what she revealed about her guilty pleasures and earliest fashion memories inside....


38-year-old Tyra Banks--in a black & white layout shot by Seiji Fujimori--posed for the cover of ARISE Magazine this month where she dishes on what people don't know about her, her guilty pleasures, and her happiest moments.  Here are the highlights:

What are most people surprised about you?
That I don't have the personality I have on America’s Next Top Model [AMTM]. I don't say 'Your pictures are not fierce, you're not smizing and hello nice to meet you'. It's a character that I created, but it's not really me. I'm more like I am on my talk show, that's not me trying to be a thing. On Top Model it's a character… it just so happens the character’s named Tyra Banks, but she's not me.

It's easy to get into character now, so I don't have to think about it. I don't do it as much as I used to – I have a lot more me now. [But on AMTM] you sit behind a desk and she just appears.

Happiest moments?
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.

Guilty pleasure?
Popping pimples!

Favourite word?
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.

Life philosophy?
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.

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.

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.

Gorgeous pics Ty Ty!





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hooklookping's picture

Tyra needs a big ole biscuit

Tyra needs a big ole biscuit to just sop up all this hate!! Happens to the fierce ones AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!! llc
Realist's picture

She's an awesome business

She's an awesome business woman, but I think she's lost all credibility as a serious model. And these photos look like outtakes from the ANTM blooper reel. And when you get paid to give interviews so that people like us pay to read you're FAIR GAME for critique. In the media, the general consensus of ur target audience is very much so valid as much as people love to overuse the whole "hating" thing.
Sincerely WF's picture

Tyra is giving us full

Tyra is giving us full Beyoncé "Single Ladies" steez in that top pic! Any word on her FUGITIVE BOY TOY?
tori's picture

I can't even take her

I can't even take her seriously as a model at all. Like all this bullshit she's doing in these photos is only reminding me of her crazy, manic, egotistical behavior on America's Next Top Model.
Sincerely WF's picture

Tyra is not 38 and hasn't

Tyra is not 38 and hasn't been in 5 years.
TeaNicole's picture

Miss Tyra girl- YOU ARE NOT

Miss Tyra girl- YOU ARE NOT NAOMI! You look old and tired girl...Only Naomi has those good black don't crack genes and can still model and sell it in her 40s. Tyra your fresh face has LONG disappeared. Iman looks younger..
BEEMA's picture

Tyra looks just fine..

Tyra looks just fine..
GeorgiaAnnaDaughter's picture

Judging from how you look I

Judging from how you look I can see how you would say that...
BEEMA's picture

Oh please explain to me

Oh please explain to me what's wrong with How I look?
GeorgiaAnnaDaughter's picture


SHOW YOUR FACE....YOU COWARD....you scared little bitch.....why are you afraid to show your FAT Mongoloid face.....you COWARD <<------------ hahahahahahahahaha
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star's picture

Tyra is as phony as a

Tyra is as phony as a Beyonce. I can't with her.
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

She's headed straight down

She's headed straight down the Oprah path.....Money but no true love & barren womb (there must be deep dark secrets and skeletons she's hiding) ................
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

Barren womb and no true love?

Barren womb and no true love? I thought Tyra had herself a young stud. Did she get rid of him already???
BigJohn's picture

turns out that guy is

turns out that guy is GAY...and Tyra was only showing him off b/c he's a new judge on America's Next Top Model (she'll do anything for an extra dollar it looks like) .....smh...........
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

barren womb"....damn!...lol

barren womb"....damn!...lol
star's picture

she'll NEVER have a

she'll NEVER have a baby....she can't even take care of a puppy or kitty (she's too damn busy tweeting up close pics of her face all day long)................
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