Tyra Banks Comes Clean, Revealing Plastic Surgery and Beauty Modifications She’s Gotten Over the Years

As one of the most recognizable names in the modeling industry, Tyra Banks has a huge platform to spread messages of body confidence. She’s long been an advocate for women to feel beautiful in their own bodies, whether that be with their weight or other insecurities.

Now, Banks revealed the path she took to feel her most beautiful — and has absolutely no shame. She’s sharing advice on how every person can take control of their own confidence, and the plastic surgery she got at the beginning of her career (page 5).

1. She used to feel like her body wasn’t her own

Tyra Banks posing on a red carpet.

Tyra Banks has been in the fashion practically all her life. | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

In her new memoir, Perfect Is Boring, Banks delves into how she became a role model for positive body image. She admitted to People, “I used to feel like my body was not mine. I’ve been too thin or too big. And I used to feel like I was betraying people if I lost weight.”

She explained, “I’m happy that the fashion industry is finally catching up. What I’m hoping for is that the Ashley Graham’s, the Gigi Hadid’s, everyone is just models. Not plus, not short, not trans, not curvy. I just want it to be normal.”

Next: She’s lost this much weight since becoming a mom.

2. She’s lost 30 pounds since becoming a mom

Tyra Banks posing in a white dress.

She has lost quite a bit since losing weight. | Tyra Banks via Instagram

Banks was prompted to go on a weight loss journey after welcoming her son, York, in January 2016 — but only as the result of an ankle injury. When visiting her doctor, she was advised to lose weight to help the injury heal. She hired a nutritionist to lose the weight in a healthy manner, and after dropping 30 pounds, Banks is feeling good about her body.

Banks admitted that since losing the weight, “I’m a different body type. But I don’t feel like I’m betraying people. I’ve still got a**, I’ve still got boobs!”

Next: She supports this method of finding body confidence.

3. She’s all for beauty modifications

Tyra Banks posing on a red carpet.

Banks isn’t interested in shaming other women for modifying their bodies. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Everyone has their own insecurities, whether it’s their weight, a facial feature — you name it. If getting any sort of beauty modification done will make you feel more confident in yourself, Banks is all for it.

“If you like your natural self, don’t worry about it,” she explained to People. “But if you feel insecure about something … I have a magic bag of beauty tricks to make you who you want to be. Permanent or temporary, I do not judge that.”

Next: Women shouldn’t be ashamed of this.

4. Women shouldn’t feel ashamed for getting plastic surgery

Tyra Banks holding a microphone.

She wants women to stop judging each other. | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Banks believes you should feel comfortable with getting as much or as little plastic surgery done as you want, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed for it.

“Fix it or flaunt it — I think women should be able to do both,” she told People. “There is a boundary line, either you’re super natural or you live at the plastic surgeon. It’s okay to hop back and forth over that line. You want a hair weave? Fine. You want permanent eyebrows? Fine. We as women need to stop judging.”

Next: She got this plastic surgery done early in her modeling days.

5. She got a nose job at the beginning of her career

Tyra Banks sits on stage while on a panel.

She’s no stranger to plastic surgery herself. | Frederic J. BrownAFP/Getty Images

Banks revealed to People that early on in her career, she followed her own advice by getting a nose job. “I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching,” she explained.

Although she “could breathe fine,” Banks got surgery done for cosmetic reasons. “I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”

Next: This is a type of surgery she hasn’t gotten done.

6. She hasn’t gotten any ‘age stuff’ done yet

A professional holding a botox injection.

She hasn’t opted for botox just yet. | Scyther5/Getty Images

Banks admitted to People that she hasn’t gotten any “age stuff” done — yet. Modifications to ease the aging process tend to get a bad rap, but we’re sure Banks would be totally open and honest about it if she were to get it done.

Botox, for example, has a particularly negative connotation to it. According to Dr. Stafford Broumand, a New York City plastic surgeon, Botox is actually totally safe if done correctly and in injected in controlled doses. If it will make you happy when you look in the mirror, Banks would advise you to go for it.

Next: Women shouldn’t be judged for this.

7. Women shouldn’t be makeup-shamed, either

Tyra Banks showing her beauty products.

She loves beauty. | Tim Boyles/Getty Images for HSN

Plastic surgery isn’t the only thing Banks has noticed women getting judged for. Some women only feel confident with a full face of makeup, while others can feel good au naturale.

Banks admitted that she doesn’t like the “no makeup” look on herself, while other women can totally rock it. “As a model, I needed makeup. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” she attested. “It leveled my playing field. Gisele, you don’t need it? I do! And we’re both modeling for Victoria’s Secret.”

Next: Body positivity means more than just loving yourself.

8. ‘Natural beauty is unfair’

Tyra Banks in a red dress.

She finds some beauty standards unfair. | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NATAS

Banks got real with People when she argued, “Natural beauty is unfair.” She explained, “I get really uncomfortable when women who are these natural beauties judge anybody who does anything to themselves.”

While body positivity promotes feeling good about yourself, it’s just as important not to place judgements on others. Whether someone has had plastic surgery or they’ve chosen to love their imperfections, their path to achieving their own confidence should be celebrated.

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