Tyra Banks really does seem to have the welfare of young women at heart. She has announced the launch of the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search contest that will feature ‘average sized’ young women aged from 13 to 19, between the heights of 5′ 9″ and 6′ 1″.
Tyra explains, “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 and out. 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.”
The only qualm we have with this is that the ”average American woman” is allegedly 5,4 and 164lbs and growing. So, when we tell young impressionable women that plus-size is who they are and who the rest of American society is, isn’t that promoting obesity? Shouldn’t we give them examples of women who are ”healthy and fit” of every height?
How can any woman feel beautiful with Supermodel thin and Plus-size obesity as options?
We wish you luck but remember, be healthy. A beautiful body is one that should never be abused.