Tyra is such a beautiful actress, an occasional singer, author and businesswoman CEO of her own company TYInc. She has always been on spotlight, be it, back in 1994 when she was voted amongst “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by people magazine or being voted amongst The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year in 2000 or weight issues through out her life.
Tyra’s mom Carolyn London, was a professional photographer, and worked as her manager for a long time till she became absolutely independent.
Banks dealt with her weight issues all her life: Growing up in California, Tyra quickly gained a height of 5’10″ and weighed only 49kilos during her adolescence, prompting schoolmates to tease her by calling her “Ethiopian.” Being tall and thin, she wanted to be a model but was denied a number of times because of lack of interest in black models.
When she finally got the opportunity to model in Europe, she decided to put college on hold to move to Milan.
At age 20, she signed with Cover Girl, becoming one of only a handful of African-American women to land a coveted cosmetics contract. Her BMI was only 16.2 at the time of modeling. Everything was going good in her life but by 1993 she began to have problems with modeling carrier because of some rift with fellow models. During that time a particularly painful moment came when, during a fitting for a show in Milan, she heard two seamstresses calling her “grasso” (fat). She recalled “I was 57 kilos, at the time!” By age 22, “the agency wanted her to lose 5 kilos.
In 1995 Banks went home to L.A. after rejection from Milan, and started her struggle. In 2 years’ time at age 24 she became the first-ever African American chosen for the cover of the Victoria’s Secret catalog.
Banks was the hostess; judge and executive producer of The CW Television Network show America’s Next Top Model in 2005, and ran until 2010. She did 2 Reality TV Series in 2012.
Few years back she had gained some weight because of which she was badly criticized and the maximum weight she had gained was 72 kilos. Media was calling her fat when her BMI was 22! This is a healthy range. Her weight had become a much-buzzed-about weight gain!! She said “It was really hurtful to me.” She was worried about the effect, such reports would have on her fans. “I get so much mail from young girls who say, ‘I look up to you, you’re not as skinny as everyone else, I think you’re beautiful,’” Banks said “So when they say that my body is ‘ugly’ and ‘disgusting,’ what does that make those girls feel like?”
At age 34 she decided to lose weight again and lost 13 kilos in 6 months to shut up the critics. She had dropped 4 dress sizes and was feeling better than she had in years. She enrolled with weight loss clinic and came down to 59 kilos now, at age 38. It seems that she is getting ready for ramp modeling again!
As is customary for us at NidSun to give you the insight to diet of celebrities we talk about, Tyra’s typical diet menu for the day as told to the media is as follows:
Breakfast: 2 egg whites, 1 cup papaya and, occasionally, a small portion of turkey sausage.
Lunch: Crystal Light or green tea, braised veal or fish and a salad.
Snack: Vegetables and onion dip
Dinner: 100 grams roasted Fish and boiled veggies
She does not drink alcohol at all. She hired a part time personal chef who cooks her healthy food of her choice.
She does 5 kilometers of running every day on the treadmill. She says “Now I’m much more diligent,” Tyra does treadmill intervals by mixing walking & running. Or she just runs outside.
She works out for 1 to 2 hours, 3 days a week and keeps her routine ever changing so as to avoid boredom. Some of her unique and seemingly difficult routines involve swinging a sledgehammer, running with an open parachute around her waist, chasing after medicine balls that are thrown in all different directions, using kettle balls and boxing routines.
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