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Andre Leon Talley Replaces ANTM’s Miss J at the Judge’s Table

Published by Starr Rhett on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 11:00 am.


Tyra Banks has finally convinced Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley to be a judge after 13 cycles of America’s Next Top Model. Banks first approached Talley when she began planning her show eight years ago but he turned her down because he said he wanted to see where it goes. Now that it’s a hit—and we’re sure that it’ll get to cycle 1,000 before going off air—Talley will sit at the judge’s table for cycle 14 ,which premieres March 10.

He will succeed runway coach J. Alexander, who will focus again on working with the contestants.

“I felt maybe I could contribute something to it that had not been on the show,” Talley says. “I just felt that it was a way to step out of the box and associate myself with a very important American success story, a very important brand — Tyra Banks,” Talley tells People.

Banks says Talley will help steer the show in a more high-fashion direction. “André speaks about fashion and he has such a passion, and the words — the adverbs, the adjectives — he uses!” she says. “I know it’s going to make the viewer at home go, ‘Wowww.’” She adds, “It might go over their head, but he’s educating them about a time, bringing them back to a place when fashion was life.”

This more high fashion direction Miss Banks speaks of might go over viewers’ heads because high fashion was never all-inclusive. Why would the average viewers be interested in something that was designed to keep “ordinary” folks away for years. It sounds like the show has jumped the shark.


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RuPaul vs Tyra Banks: Ready for the Drag Race?

Published by Starr Rhett on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 11:00 am.


I couldn’t resist. Plus, they actually look alike (kind of). But seriously, I don’t think the America’s Next Top Model girls have anything thing on the drag queen itches getting ready to catwalk the runway in season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which premiers tonight. I am aware that the shows aren’t interchangeable but the similarities exist and I had to compare. Here’s a brief break down of fierceness:

America’s Next Model

Host: Tyra Banks is tall, thin, fabulous loves her Indian Remy lace fronts— especially honey blond—and women want to be like her.

Talent: She tried to sing (remember “Shake Your Body”) but that didn’t work out very well.

Catch Phrase(s) We Love:

“You are still in the running for becoming America’s Next Top Model.”



Any insult from Miss J.

Competition: The girls are catty but they don’t have as much to prove as the drag queens.

Drag Race

Host: RuPaul is tall, thin, fabulous loves her Indian Remy lace fronts—also blond (but lighter)—and women want to be like “her.”

Talent: RuPaul can sing and dance circles around Tyra. Work!

Catch Phrase(s) We Love:

“Shante, you stay.”

“Sashay, away.”

“Don’t f–k it up!” (This one has me sold!)

Competition: The girls are catty but they have everything to prove. If they don’t master their femininity, then they might as well sashay their behinds home!

Check out this clip of episode one to see what I mean:

I love this already. My money is on Sahara. Catch Drag Race tonight at 9 on Logo.

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Tyra’s Teen Plus Size Model Search

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:00 am.


Tyra Banks wants to crown yet another top model, only this time she’s looking for a champion of the teenage and plus-size persuasion.

Calling it the “Fiercely Real Teen Model Search,” the winner will be awarded a one-year modeling contract with a major agency, a photo spread in a major fashion magazine, and a photo with Ms. Banks on the cover of her own web-based magazine, MagaLine.

Here’s Tyra herself on the competition:

“I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty; through America’s Next Top Model, True Beauty and The Tyra Show I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both INSIDE & OUT. Today, I’m announcing my FIRST EVER plus-sized teen model competition which I’m calling the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search; plus-sized tends to have a negative connotation and I want young girls to realize that what’s considered plus-sized is the average American woman. That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful. Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman’s life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out.”

Finalists for the competition will be introduced on the March 2nd edition of The Tyra Show with the winner being unveiled on the next day.


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Tyra Banks’ Top Three Moments in 2009

Published by Starr Rhett on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 11:00 am.

Tyra Banks is the only sista doing it for herself on talk TV now that Oprah has officially retired her spot (Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t count). The Tyra Banks Show provides a hip, spunky brand of entertainment for younger women. The former supermodel-turnt-media-moguldespite facing non believers who were not convinced by the notion of a Victoria’s Secret angel doing day time TVturned naysayers into believers thanks to her unconventional social experiments, and by doing bold undercover investigations like wearing a fat suit in public, pretending to be a stripper and disguising herself as a man so that she could see what it was like to be a member of rapper Chingy’s entourage. She even told jeering media outlets to “kiss her fat a- -” when tabloid comments about her weight got out of control. (If that didn’t win you over, what will?) Four years later and five season deep, the outrageous antics and social experiments galore still don’t skimp on shock value. Let’s take a look at three major Tyra Banks moments this year.

1. Tyra reveals her “real” hair.

Two thousand and nine was the year of Black women’s hair. Chris Rock started it with the buzz about his documentary entitled, Good Hair, which attempted to answer some questions about Black women’s general fascination with perms and weaves but the phenomenon spiraled out of control when every talking head in pop culture had something to say (or in some people’s cases, ask) about tracks, extensions, creamy crack and perms vs. naturals. Tyra had a show dedicated to the topic in season four (which almost turned into the Jigaboos vs. Wannabees scene in School Daze), and debuted her real hear as season five’s inaugural episode. However, her “real” hair vs. her “natural “ hair sparked more curiosity about the difference between the two, which she eventually clarified. (Real hair for Black women means permed hair but with no weaves, lace fronts, or wigs). Who would have thought the elephant in the room would have finally gotten the stares it has long deserved.

2. Tyra gropes 50 Cent.

Tyra Banks invited hip-hop sensation 50 Cent on her show for his second appearance. He was blatantly hitting on her during his first visit but she turned the tables this time, by making him show his female admirers his booty, which he described as an apple bottom. Of course, she took the liberty of grabbing it.

3. Tyra getting fondled and groped by Cookie Monster and Elmo.

Tyra is often touchy feely and gets flirted with by some of her human guests but nothing is off limits on her show. She invited the puppet cast of Sesame Street on to help celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary and got an unexpected surprise from Elmo and Cookie Monster, who tag teamed her. Elmo got some bites out of her neck while Cookie Monster, typically known for his obsession with cookies (duh), grabbed her booty. I haven’t watched Sesame Street since second grade but based on the wholesome show that I remember—the one that taught me how to count and read better—I was a little disturbed.

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Will You Miss Tyra?

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 12:00 am.


There are some lingering questions left to ask following Tyra Banks’ unexpected announcement that after five years and two Emmys the model turned talk show host is abandoning her daytime series.

The first being what’s the real reason she’s dropping the show? Could she not focus on developing her life-long passion (film projects) while doing her show? She had already started developing new TV projects and straight-to-DVD films. Was it too much going on at once?

I noticed a few commentators on various sites insinuated that the real reason she’s quitting her show was that ratings were down following The Tyra Show moving to a tougher time slot.  Not sure if that’s too true, though, given that Oprah is leaving the airwaves and Tyra’s brand continues to pull in viewers.

The other question would be who’s going to take the spot of the person who many believed was destined to ascend to Oprah’s daytime TV thrown?

Ellen DeGeneres is a sweet heart, but her show harkens back to something more along the lines of The Rosie O’Donnell Show than the style of Oprah or even Tyra.

Maury Povich is well, Maury, and that’s basically Jerry Springer’s old shtick of trash TV.

The only other person out there who would benefit from this is Wendy Williams, whose daytime series just got a two-year extension. Will she go on to fill the void left by both Oprah and Tyra?

And for Tyra fans out there, how much are you going to miss the show? I’m not actually a fan of watching colonics on daytime (or in life), but Tyra Banks definitely has her own way of doing things and it set her apart from other talk show hosts.

Are you going to miss her? If so, I still cry silent tears for old school Ricki Lake so I totally understand how you feel.

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Tyra’s Bunions Meet Halle Berry

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 12:00 am.

Since the new season of The Tyra Banks Show has kicked off Tyra Banks has shown her real hair and a live colonoscopy. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that she’s now showing her jacked up feet. I guess her showing her flaws makes her more endearing?

Freakish feet having people, feel free to expound on that question for me.

Anyhow, Tyra had Halle Berry (pronounced Hallleeeeeee Berrrrrrryyyy) on her show recently and as you can see, Tyra had no problems showing off her imperfections to a woman often hailed as perfect.

After brief chats about feet, the two talked short hair, long weaves, and Halle’s new perfume – namely wear to spray it. One of the places to spray is apparently between Tyra’s legs.

Yeah, I have nothing else to add after that.

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Kimora Lee, Andre Leon Talley Joining Top Model

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 12:00 am.


While I was initially embarrassed to admit it, I loved watching America’s Next Top Model.

But in its early years the more you watched the show the more you fell in love with it, its cast members, and yes, Tyra Banks herself. After a while, though, the show, like most good things on TV, started to get a little stale…and sometimes annoying.

Evidently, I’m not the only one who’s no longer a faithful watcher given the show has reportedly experienced its lowest ratings since its exception.

But not one to give up on her most popular franchise just yet, Tyra is bringing new blood to give a much needed jolt to the series.

The New York Daily News reports that Tyra is bringing back Kimora Lee Simmons as a judge.

It was rumored that the original Top Model judge was fired after not getting along with the show creator. If you recall, both Janice Dickson and Paulina Porizkova spoke ill of Tyra once they left the show.

Now Tyra’s ready to prove she plays nice with others.

Via Gatecrasher:

“So Tyra called Kimora to prove the notion [that she doesn't work well with others] wrong,” the source adds. A CWspokesman would say only: “Not true.”

Kimora, who will fill the seat occupied by celebrity guest judges like Kim Kardashian, Chanel Iman and Jessica White, won’t be the only Type A personality on the bench: Word is that fan favorite J. Alexander is getting bounced back to his original role as runway coach and will be replaced by Vogue editor at large Andre Leon Talley.

Kimora will be great for laughs, but the addition of Andre Leon Talley adds a bit of credibility to a show that seems to have produced more actors and reality TV stars than bona fide top models.

That definitely makes me more inclined to check out the upcoming seasons. What about you?


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Tyra Giddy About Getting To Try On New Wigs

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 12:00 am.


Tonight Tyra Banks will guest star on Gossip Girl.

She will play Ursula Nyquist, an award-winning actress looking to offset some negative personal press by playing a real-life heroine — Josephine Baker — in an Oscar-worthy movie about the French Resistance during World War II.

And as Tyra explained to PEOPLE magazine, her role has made history. Indeed she broke an all-time fake-hair record when she stepped on set.

“The people at Gossip Girl tell me I set a Gossip Girl hair change record. I had SEVEN hair changes, every single scene you see is some new hair on my head,” Bank said.

Tyra will talk about her role on the show on Monday’s edition of The Tyra Banks Show.

So Tyra gets to talk about her favorite subject while the CW gets extra press for the show. Everyone’s happy, right?

Well, those who were inspired to remove their friend from India playing in their head and/or new growth from their scalps may not like the fact that Tyra seems extra happy about playing with fake hair.

One commentator on the site wrote:

“What da deal, Ty? You sound almost giddy (…must be the weight of all those ‘hair changes’…!) at the idea of sporting MULTIPLE-WIGS in this show, while on your OWN show, you recently made a big hoo-hah about Black Women Needing to Love their Own Hair!

People like you make me laugh. And not the chuckling, good-humoured kind of laugh. No, not at all.”

Don’t worry, Tyra fans. She was called a hating a—hater in no time. But what do you all think?

Is Tyra sounding like a hypocrite for bragging on her wig win or is it simply a role and people are overreacting?


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Does Tyra Want Her Guests To Dumb It Down?

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 12:00 am.


Does Tyra Banks want you to sound like you get a headache if you read Dr. Seuss?

The Wire’s Julito McCullum appeared on The Tyra Banks Show for a segment about President Obama’s effect on the academic goals of young black men. He claims that he was asked by a producer act as if he had no interest in going to college.

McCullum explained his encounters with a producer from The Tyra Show to True Stories Radio:

“They wanted it to be more dramatic than what I actually gave them. I thought it was just me talking about Obama when I got there. ‘We want you to say you don’t want to go to college.’ Any publicity is good publicity.”

I want people to stop saying any publicity is good publicity. Ask Roman Polanksi that question and see what he says.

This news follows a report from Media Take Out that claims Tyra Banks’ producers have paid actors to appear on the show.

I realize producers prefer their guests ham it up for the cameras, but asking them to sound like dummies isn’t right unless they actually are stupid.

Here’s McCullum in his own words:

And here’s video of the talk show appearance in question:


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Tyra Banks Healthier Self, Makes Deal With Perez Hilton

Published by Starr Rhett on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 11:00 am.


Despite everything that Tyra Banks has accomplished, I still brushed her off as a vapid celebrity whose modus operandi was attention. I’m not so sure about that anymore. Yesterday’s episode gave me a new respect for her. Not only did she reveal her real hair after years of lace fronts and extensions, but she interviewed controversial shock blogger Perez Hilton, and made an interesting deal with him.

Tyra has been doing a series of episodes about people’s hair, body image and self-esteem issues and while I feel that many of her episodes in that vein were very surface and didn’t dig deep enough, the biggest example she could have set was by making her own effort to let go of certain hangups she had.

She declared September 8 “National Real Hair Day” but said that she’s going to wear more of her real hair throughout the season in an effort to take The Tyra Show to the “next level” and “be more real.” I like that she’s taking initiative to hopefully inspire women to let go of insecurities, but I’ll be watching this season (my eyebrows are still a little raised). Hopefully it’s not just a marketing scheme. Either way, I commend Tyra for being so brazen.

Speaking of fearlessness, I’m glad Tyra took on Perez Hilton. She didn’t grill him as intensely as I wanted her to (and in a way that gossip bloggers deserve) but she stuck it to him to where you could see that some of her questions made him squirm. Plus, she revealed that things said by people like him are hurtful. We forget that celebrities are human beings too. In the end, she made a deal with him where he could not say or post anything bad about celebrity children under 18. We’ll see how well that goes.

Overall, I’m happy that Tyra seems to be taking a new approach to her show but I hope to see better researched topics and that her conscious attempts to be more conscientious are genuine. However, so far, she seems to be off to a good start. Work it.

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