Tyra Banks is on the prowl for a whole new type of woman. She just announced on her talk show that she’s launching a nationwide search for plus-sized teen models. The contestants must be within the ages of 13 and 19 to enter, and, as Tyra put it, be “fiercely real.”
Tyra also explained that the models must have a dress size of 12 to 20 and stand 5'9"- 6'1" tall. Banks said the reason she wanted to launch this specialized search was because she was unhappy that the term "plus-sized" has such a "negative connotation" in today's society.
"I've always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty," she told Us Weekly. "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."
"I want young girls to realize that what's considered plus-sized is the average American woman," Banks said. "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 finalists will be introduced on the March 2nd episode of the Tyra Banks Show and the winner of the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search will be crowned the following day. The winner will receive a one-year modeling contract and a spread in a major fashion magazine. More information here!