Tyra Banks Talks Body Image on Larry King

Anyone going to catch it tonight? You can read a bit of the transcript here. I will be tuning in, for sure.

I love Larry, though he’s getting really old and senile … and I like what Tyra has to say, though it does seem she lost weight after caving from media pressure.Sure, she admits she was’t being her healthiest self, and was “heavy” because of her food choices — that was why she was maintaining a heavier weight (something I know I can relate to — I might not be eating the stuff she claims she was eating, but I could certainly clean up my food choices better!)

But we know that being in the public eye makes that decision to “get healthy” seem like one is caving. Whether she did or didn’t cave to pressure, Tyra’s a pretty tough cookie and has a ton of self-esteem — can’t help but admire that!

Check out a passage from the transcript.

King: The last time you were on you were dealing with the “F” word, meaning fat. You were fighting back. There [was] a nonflattering tabloid photo of you — remember? In the swimsuit?

Banks: Yes.

King: You lost weight since then.

Banks: Yes.

King: Do you still feel an image pressure? Do you think — you think like a fat person?

Banks: I don’t actually. You know, when I — when I told the world to kiss my fat — I can say “ass” right?

King: Yes, you can.

Banks: Yes. When I told the world to kiss my fat ass, I remained that size for two years. I maintained it with my ice cream and my salad with ranch and dressing and croutons and bacon bits. Like I — I didn’t look at myself even on television and think that I was too big or — I don’t know. I didn’t — it didn’t connect.

But since I have lost a lot of weight, and it started with the — a weight loss challenge, actually at the top of this year. So I’m two years after “kiss my fat ass.”

King: When you look in the mirror, are you happy with the way you look?

Banks: I’ve — OK, I might be doing a little TMI — do you know what TMI is? Too much information? Video Watch Banks discuss her body image »

King: Well, give it to me anyway.

Banks: I always feel great when I don’t have clothes on. So at home, by myself, walking past …

King: Oh, we’re glad you mean that now.

Banks: Just too much information. But I always feel good that way.

A woman telling it like it is–amen, Tyra!!


3 thoughts on “Tyra Banks Talks Body Image on Larry King

  1. I just started watching the Tyra Show. Initially when I had seen it she was always talking about herself. It was really frustrating. I noticed that about her before comedians made fun of it. I could not STAND her. I used to ignore the show but I have been watching it recently and actually enjoying it. I did notice she lost weight. In my opinion Tyra looks great when she gains weight or loses. I love her proportions. When she loses weight she looks good and when she gains she looks good. I have just noticed that certain people can gain weight and it only makes them look taller. I never looked at her and thought she was fat or even overweight. I also noticed she didn’t draw attention to it until she did the episode explaining why she “got healthy” and some health tips. I have to say I love her show now. She is honest and beautiful at any size. I believe she got healthy for herself no matter the reason. She didn’t take it too far as I have seen some celebrities do. She looks healthy and beautiful. I also did not notice Oprah gained weight either until I saw something on a mag cover going through the checkout line. I am not sure if it is because I am not as obsessed with my weight so I don’t notice other peoples as much.

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