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Today’s words of wisdom comes from Tyra Banks. Tyra Banks is an American model, media personality, actress, occasional singer, and businesswoman. She first became famous as a model in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, and New York, but television appearances were her commercial breakthrough. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America’s Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. Her latest project is her new web site TypeF.com and being a student at Harvard University.

A smart model is a good model.

Black women don’t have the same body image problems as white women. They are proud of their bodies. Black men love big butts.

Black women have always been these vixens, these animalistic erotic women. Why can’t we just be the sexy American girl next door?

Designers are very fickle. I never wanted to be a victim of that. You’re in one minute, out the next.

From offstage until the moment I walk onstage, I constantly tweak my talk show and ‘Top Model’, but at the same time, I often leave my private life by the wayside.

I don’t go to the cool, trendy restaurants. I go to either the holes in the wall or the super-fancy restaurants where there are no cool people.

I enjoy doing fashion shows and transforming myself into different looks for photo shoots.

I had had an extroverted personality with a lot of friends, but when I lost the weight and grew so tall, I withdrew within myself.

I have so many goals.

I look at myself and pick out the things I don’t like. No matter how much I work out, I never get muscle tone in my butt and hip area.

I love food and feel that it is something that should be enjoyed. I eat whatever I want. I just don’t overeat.

I love the confidence that makeup gives me.

I loved planning ‘The Tyra Show’ more than actually having to do it. I loved coming up with show ideas, honing each program and crafting it. I’m more excited being in a meeting than being on TV.

I talked about adopting a baby when I was 20 years old, before it became ‘hip.’

I was backstage in Paris and saw Cindy Crawford doing House Of Style. I thought, I would love to to be in control of my career.

I’m competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders.

Tyra Banks

What do you find most inspirational about Tyra Bank?  How have her words and/or actions made an impact on your life?

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