It’s hard to believe that when Tyra Banks was 17 years old, she was deemed too fat to make it as a model, but those weight issues are gone thanks to exercise and a healthy diet.
However, Tyra, 38, recently took to the web by posting an open letter on how the industry has wrongly promoted models. As a result, some of them have become dangerously thin and unhealthy due to their stick-like figures. In fact, she praised a recent decision by Vogue to no longer use models deemed too thin in its publications.
The letter that appears on The Daily Beast reads, “To models around the world, I want to celebrate Vogue’s recent groundbreaking announcement. The editors of Vogue’s 19 international editions have pledged to ban models from their pages who ‘appear to have an eating disorder,’ to create healthy backstage working conditions, as well as several other revolutionary initiatives. This calls for a toast over some barbecue and burgers!”
Banks went on to write, “When I started modeling, I used to see models who seemed unhealthy backstage at fashion shows. They appeared to be abusing their bodies to maintain a certain weight. These girls were booked over and over again for countless fashion shows and photo shoots… At times, I feel there’s an unspoken rule that says, ‘there’s no such thing as being too thin, as long as you don’t pass out.'”
She also explained that once she hit her early 20’s and started to become more curvy as mother nature caught up with her but still only a size 4, her agency gave her mother a list of designers that would no longer work with her unless she trimmed down.
“In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero. When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed,” Banks wrote.