‘Natural Beauty Is Unfair’: Tyra Banks Gets Real About Plastic Surgery

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What’s better than true beauty? Women who are truthful about what it takes to be beautiful. That’s why we’re applauding Tyra Banks for telling the truth about plastic surgery in her upcoming memoir, Perfect Is Boring, written with her mother.

In an interview with People magazine, the veteran top model admits to having her nose augmented early in her career. “I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching,” she said. “I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”

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Banks also admonishes those who think “natural beauty” is the only true beauty. “Natural beauty is unfair,” she said. “I get really uncomfortable when women who are these natural beauties judge anybody who does anything to themselves.”

Banks is well-known for changing up her looks frequently as the host and creator of America’s Next Top Model, now in its 24th cycle. She considers makeup a vital part of her success: “As a model, I needed makeup. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It leveled my playing field,” she told People.

As a fellow model who also needs a little help before stepping in front of cameras, I’m inclined to agree: Makeup can be magic. And it’s a lot of fun, too.

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Maiysha Kai

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.