Tyra Banks Shares Some Refreshing Thoughts About Her Weight Gain (PHOTO)

Tyra BanksBeing a supermodel may seem glamorous, but it certainly never looks easy. When reflecting on the smaller frame she maintained during her modeling days, Tyra Banks says she much happier with her body now that she has some more meat on her bones. Good for her! 


The host of America's Next Top Model revealed that when she looks back at pictures of herself from 20 years ago, she's shocked that she was "so skinny."

The 41-year-old, who is now flaunting her newly acquired curves, says she feels she looks better with "more weight" in her face and body. We couldn't agree more! 

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Looking happy and healthy, the supermodel recently used her Instagram account to rail against the strict standards young models are expected to live up to today.

Models have so much pressure today. They have to look good on AND off the set. They have to arrive backstage at fashion shows looking and dressed as if they are already ON a runway. They have to be slimmer than slim. Skinnier than skinny. They have to compete with actresses, recording artists and reality stars for magazine covers and ad campaigns. They have to have tons of followers on social media to book top notch jobs. And they have to do selfies that make them look relatable, but not TOO relatable, because then people may comment that they don't understand, "Why the heck is THAT girl a friggin' model??!!!!" When I was a young model, yeah, we had to think about our weight, but not like today. I think I was size 6, not a size 0. And backstage at fashion shows, I looked like this photo you're looking at. Yep, that's teenaged me right before a YSL show was about to start in sneakers, plaid flannel and bad jeans. Mr. Yves Saint Laurent could care less how I looked when I arrived to his show. But when I hit his stage, he expected excellence. And I made sure I delivered that every time I was chosen to walk his amazing runway. I'm sending love and hugs to all working, aspiring and super models worldwide. You all have lots to live up to. And I'm here cheering for you every single day. Stay strong girls. #throwbackthursday #throwbackTyTy

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She's so right. Thanks to the paparazzi and social media, models really never get the day off. Look at how Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are critiqued when they're simply stepping out for coffee! They might be miles from the catwalk but they're still scrutinized like they're on the job. 

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Hopefully, Tyra's words will echo up and down the runway and throughout the modeling world and take some of the pressure off these young women for both their physical and emotional well-being.


Images via Elder Ordonez/INFphoto.com; J. Webber / Splash News

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