Tyra Banks is pretty busy these days. Lately, we’ve seen her out –dressed as a model superhero warrior– promoting her new “book,” Modelland. But she’s also got a fashion and beauty site called typeF which she launched earlier this year to offer “women the personalized style know-how they are looking for, when and where they want it, at home or on the go.” The site’s YouTube channel features short tutorials on how to achieve your best look, be it the little black dress or how to lay down an afro. Wait. What? Lay down an afro? I have never searched for this information on the innawebs. Ever. If anything, I’m trying to get my afro to be bigger. But anywhosss, perhaps this is advice that someone needs. There’s a “hair expert” on Tyra’s site who’s offering “tips” to natural hair wearers and African American women overall. Her advice got the natural hair community’s shea butter in a curdle.
Did she really just paddle brush on dry hair? Mamma nooooo!
After receiving a slew of negative comments, the typeF people deleted the comments and issued this statement.
Oh, but this little nugget of beauty advice still exists on the site:
After 5 years on the teevay, Tyra Banks wacky daytime talk show takes a bow today. Good thing she’s saving the crazy for America’s Next Top Model though.
Anyway, during her run, Tyra has been fat, homeless, a man and she’s shown us how to cleanse our colons. And what has Oprah done for you lately? (I kid, I kid… Don’t shoot me Momma O!)
Of all the people she’s interviewed, she says interviewing then Senator Barack Obama was thrilling.
“I was so nervous, sick to my stomach and my hands were shaking. I asked him to look into the crystal ball and said, ‘What do you see in your future, Senator?’ And without hesitation he replied, ‘The White House.’ That clip ran on CNN and every national morning show. I’ll never forget being a part of political history.”
The new Oprah Tyra Banks wants you to read. The former model/talk show host/fierce smize trainer is working on a book called “Modelland” for Random House. It’s part of a trilogy she’s working on for the publisher.
Gawker reports the book takes place in a make-believe world called Modelland, “where ‘Intoxibellas’ are trained. Intoxibellas are drop-dead beautiful, kick-butt fierce and, yeah, maybe they have some powers too.” Um, okay?!? Tyra says the book is for “all the girls and guys who want a lot more FANTASY in their lives…and some fierceness and magic, romance and mystery, crazy and wild adventures, and yeah, some danger too.”
Oh, and if you buy it and read it, your face will look like this permanently.
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