Tyra Banks talks about being fat

January 25th, 2007 // 196 Comments

Tyra Banks is publicly talking about her recent weight gain (she’s 5’10″ and currently weighs 161 lbs), and tells People magazine:

“I get so much mail from young girls who say, ‘I look up to you, you’re not as skinny as everyone else, I think you’re beautiful.’ So when they say that my body is ‘ugly’ and ‘disgusting,’ what does that make those girls feel like? I still feel hot, but every day is different. It’s when I put on the jeans that used to fit a year ago and don’t fit now and give me the muffin top, that’s when I say, ‘Damn!’ I feel more comfortable when I’m lighter – I sleep better, I snore less, I have more endurance when I work out, my arms look better. I’ve made millions of dollars with the body I have, so where’s the pain in that? If I was in pain, I would have dieted. The pain is not there – the pain is someone printing a picture of me and saying those (horrible) things.”

Being fat is cool if you’re a sumo wrestler or a circus freak or a hot dog eating champion, but usually it’s just gross. I’m not saying fat people can’t be sexy, they just have to be clever about it. You know, like printing out a full sized poster of a supermodel and taping it to their neck. Or getting everybody in the world drunk. Or not being fat.


  1. omelette ze roar

    Even though she weighs 161lb, she’s still nearly 6’0″ tall. So she doesn’t look bad at all. She still annoys the piss out of me, but I’d definitely not consider her fat in the least. You can see that she still has tone.

    Rosie O’Donnell, now that’s fat.

  2. Taylor

    Wow, it seems like everytime I actually post something it’s about race…GAWD! This needs to be squashed, like, now…but I cant let this one go.

    I actually dont know about Tyra personally, but, I know she’s a good role model for girls all over the place. I personally think she’s a little (okay, VERY) insane in the membrane, but, I’m guessing that she means well. Even if she is a bitch in real life, hopefully she’s still able to have more girls feel good about themselves in her TV life, y’know? (Maybe you dont really…)

    But, damn BarbadoSlim- you’re part black too? DAMN! It’s totally depressing to know that you’re part black really. And I can’t even begin to show you enough pity- I mean, I’m really really sorry for you and your self hating butt, and I hope you seek help soon. And from your “finger snapping” comment…well, I’d say you’ve only gotten to know either: 1) one aspect of the black woman or 2)one type of black woman

    Broaden your horizon, man! You’re an adult arent you? You’re acting waaaay too smart for someone who knows damn near nothing about what they’re talking about. You’re way to old for that y’know. I dont wish any harm to befall you in anyway, because I was really pretty saddened by your comment “I’m part black so I know about lazy un-educated attitude filled, fat-assed ghetto black women. That’s why I married white.”

    I’m black, 16, I’ll be going to an art college soon, I used to go to the top highschool in my city before my Mom took me out to homeschool me. My sisters are both black, and they’re both attending a private school where they’re at the top of all of their classes. And my parents are black, they both graduated from college, and they’re the smartest people I know…that applied to the rest of my BLACK family, and their BLACK (and PART black) friends.

    I dont know whoever you worship, but if you really believe that they help their followers, I suggest you have a very long talk with your God.

  3. RichPort

    #102 – Uuuuhhhhhh, Taylor is it? Uh yeah, it’s Black (capital B), not black (lower case b), young Black man. You and your extremely smart Black family and all they black asses (see the usage difference?)should know better (do a little reading homie). You’re 16 and obviously haven’t learned the meaning of sarcasm. Let the adults play… run along now. Back to the XBox for you…

  4. hswingman

    Wow, its amazing how this post quickly turned from Tyra’s body to race. Why is race something we continously focus on? The only separation in this world is b/w the ingorant and the intelligent. Intelligent people can debate and agree to disagree. The ignorant,are the people who lack the mental capacity to make a constructive agrument,so they demean others by using sterotypes.

    Tyra, I’ll still hit it!!!

  5. greeneyedcat

    Ok you guys stop fighting. Everyone’s race is nice, etc.

    As for Tyra… altho she’s irritating, she’s not fat. However, she probably shouldn’t make poses like that. That’s only going to people making nasty comments.

    Not fat.

    Just kinda wacky.

  6. The Pharoah

    Okay, I just wanted to make it known to the sheep calling Tyra fat–You are all incredibly and utterly stupid. Tyra is not fat. Her BMI is 23.1 that is in the normal/healthy range. She is a great romodel for teens because she promotes body confidence by eating healthy, exercising, and accepting ourselves no matter what we look like, it’s called balance. Tyra looks great and always has, before she was too skinny and now, she’s too fat–Whatever! I would hit that and then some.

  7. Ace

    Maybe its one of those times when celebs just want to let go. Its so common, for months on end, they just eat stuff they havent touched in years. They gain some weight then when they’re satisfied, they slim back down.

    Either way, I think Tyra should lose some weight. She doesnt need to fit into the jeans of her supermodellin days but, she should lose some weight.

  8. The Pharoah

    Barbado Slim: I think you sum up the stupidity in its’ entirety on this entire site of commenters. You are ignorant and racist, you choose to believe and see what you decided before even being introduced to something. Tyra, Vivicia, Beyonce are not fat. Oh, and you need another black female that is not fat–HOW ABOUT HALLE BERRY? I bet you think that Toccarra from ANTM is fat too? You wouldn’t know what a real woman was if she put your head between her two big titties. Stick to your orange sticks,they are the only ones that would go for your ignorant ass anyways, being insecure and all.

  9. Do Freebird

    I’d hit it….

    with a big-assed brick for the big, big, ig assed psycho chick.

  10. TurdFerguson

    108- Halle Berry is half white/half black.
    Racism is a waste of time. I don’t think Tyra weighs 160 – not unless she has NO MUSCLE MASS whatsoever. And her show sucks.

  11. Krom

    Tyra is hot with those chunky hips and thighs. To all the ladies who’ve accomplished those attributes, the best use of your time is to sit on my face. Really.

  12. Miss Skyline

    Well, that was amusing.

  13. PooPants

    My friends dragged me to the Tyra Banks show on Tuesday and let me tell you, she does not look like that in person.

    She may have been wearing something to control her tummy, but her legs and arms were TINY!

    No joke!

    Poor Tyra, poor poor tyra.

    Btw the show was fa-reaking retarded.

  14. NicotineEyePatch

    One too many Vaseline sandwiches.

  15. tara

    I love this site. it really brightens my day. anyways.. where did the angry ferret go? the feds lock him up again?

  16. fuctheworld

    okay i am female, it is not that tyra is fat. not at all. what it is, is that she is so god damn satisfied with herself it make me sick. it is nice to see someone be taken down a peg or two. especially since she is always on that fucking top model show that has sucked since janice left talking about how some thin chic is fat. nice to see the tables turned on that self satisfied oprah wanna be.

  17. ^ I found him, and gave it to him but good! That’s one fucking ferret that won’t feel up to inventing the Internet for at least a week, …

  18. *20*, doh!

    RPLTC, with extraordinary enthusiasm!

  19. if tyras “skinny” in that photo i must be severely anorexic

  20. Genevieve

    Ambrosia, how much drugs did you take in order to be able to write – and think – like that? I didn’t even think it was possible for a human being to sink to that level of incoherence. Damn, even Britney’s high school homework is better than whatever you just put up there.

  21. BarbadoSlim

    booooooring, I’m already sick of this and sick of Tyra.

    I’m not gonna change my mind, it’s my personal experience and I’m sorry if it’s not politically correct enough for you princesses.

    Criticizing destructive and undesirable conduct is NOT racist and black people need to start realizing that.

    As for me I could give two shits one way or the other, I’m outta the ghetto.

  22. RichPort

    #106 – I think you’d be a great role model for a fluffer in a chubby chasers movie: Pimpin’ Plumpers: Flaps of Flesh II. I hear the only requirement is obesity. You should be a shoe-in.

  23. RichPort

    #117 – Ass Troll… back from corrective surgery on that gaping prison ass of yours I see. I’m sure the Aryan Brotherhood appreciated treating you the way you treat your pets… cross species fornication is so last year dude.

  24. jrzmommy

    yeah yeah yeah yeah………It’s still Tyra’s face.

  25. ShanDourdan

    BarbadoSlim is entitled to his opinion… just like I’m entitled to believe I’d rather have fat ass Tyra rather than any of the white trailer trash looking, STD carrying, dirty whores with no diginity or a brain among them that are posted about on here, any day of the week.

    Each to their own.

  26. Me

    I love you RichPort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. CowgirlUp

    Hate the suit, but love to see the girl with a butt on her!

  28. PrettyBaby

    ‘Pretty Baby – is TwatWaffle your creation?’
    Excuse me wedgeone???

  29. Michelle Double D

    ok, lets say shes not fat… but maybe she should change the way she dresses, no ? shes not 130 pounds anymore. she has to accept it !

    when you have a problem area, you try to hide it, no ? or maybe it doesnt apply to people who think they are extraordinaire ??

  30. normella

    Vivica Fox and Beyonce are fat? For real?


  31. 123. I’m sorry, were you saying something? I couldn’t understand you with the cock in your mouth, …

  32. elf

    she’s always beautiful!

  33. GGIRL

    She used to be hot…It

  34. The Pharoah

    I am certain you are uneducated, poor, and living in a mobile home. I am very different from you in that I am educated, well-off, and living in a house without wheels. So, I think that your movie selection ie. Pimpin Plumpers would not be something that interests me. I am not trying to upset you or make you defensive. It’s just that I am not into that kind of thing, if you are more power to you. My only suggestion would be that if you want a girl or boy that is fat to like you,–you should try being a little nicer to everyone. This includes yourself you in the closet FA.

  35. Me

    And by “house without wheels” do you mean “homeless shelter”? Don’t other people want to use the library computer?

  36. wedgeone

    #128 – PB, didn’t you use the word “Twatwaffle” in a post about a month ago, and I WB how funny that was? It could have been someone else – I don’t remember & don’t have time to search for it.

  37. PrettyBaby

    uh-uh wedgeone- I did not. But if you were good with my twat I might make you some waffles the next morning…..

  38. Enano

    At least she’s not trying to cram that into a neon pink bikini like the middle-aged over-tanned rotissery chickens you see walking around on U.S. beaches, embarrassing the hell out of their teenage kids with teased hair like a Duran Duran: 20-years-aftershock video. I think a one piece was a good choice.

  39. 134. Unless you happen to post as RichPort, I don’t believe that you were the target of my post, but I am amused, so, …

    Perhaps I should write to the registrars of my universities and tell them that they inadvertently awarded me degrees, not once, or twice, but three times. What are the odds? I probably wouldn’t be able to calculate them, since I am so “uneducated”.

    And I should definitely let my county tax assessor’s office know that they have made a significant error in recently reappraising my home at over $625k, since you insist that I have a “mobile home”. Just think of the money you saved me on property taxes!

    And, if I really am “in the closet”, I should probably let my wife and three kids know soon, …

    that I just had an online exchange with the least perceptive and most deluded idiot on this site!


    Thanks for playing ;^)

  40. HeatherLee

    Being fat is usually gross? Really?
    God this site sucks big time. It used to be so cool too…

    I agree with GGirl. Tyra’s a bitch, fat or skinny. Who cares?

  41. Truthseeker013

    An ancient African-American expression comes to mind.

    “More cushion for the pushin’.” Tell me no one else thought that.

  42. wedgeone

    #139 – A rare Edna moment from you, just without all of the typos & stuff.

    How can you sit there & call someone “the least perceptive and most deluded idiot on this site!” while using SOMEONE ELSE’S SCREEN NAME? How deluded does that make you??

    BTW – 3 degrees? Yet you have so much time on your hands that you can post homo erotic fantasies for hours on end using SOMEONE ELSE’S SCREEN NAME! Surely someone with your superior credentials is FAR TOO BUSY to waste time on a meaningless celebrity blog. Don’t your wife & three kids need you around to do the “man” things required of such an elaborate estate? Have you finished training your wife to scream “Oh, RichPort” while you diddle her with her nub-covered dildo (since you’re obviously impotent now)

    Post your transcripts & family photo, you compulsive liar. Otherwise, put your peenie back into your pants, get out of your Mom’s basement, & do something meaningful with your life.

  43. wedgeone

    #137 – PB, the best 30 seconds of my life are yours. If you need 2 minutes, we’d just have to go 4 times, then.
    Is that enough for a plate of your Eggos?

    I’ll dig through the site this weekend & find out who first used the word “twatwaffle”. I gotta know now.

  44. sexybitch

    #143 Wedge, I believe it was tsarinaamanda a few weeks ago who coined “twatwaffle”.

  45. alybagel

    She is actually the normal weight right now, according to BMI and normal health. Anyone 5’7″ should be around 140-150, and she is 5’10″.. think about it.

  46. acatnamedfrank

    I think “monstrous stinkloaf” deserves at least an honorable mention.

  47. 142. I’m sure it’s too much for your tiny mind to comprehend that you know nothing about me, and never will. Since my dog has a higher IQ, I’m betting that you still don’t get it, …

    It is implicit that posting transcripts, family photos, or any other specific identifying information would indeed make me a target, and an idiot, which I am not.

    You are nothing more than a form of cheap entertainment. I’ll leave when you bore me, but there are enough cretins here to amuse me for some time ;^)

    Autofellate, and have a nice day!

  48. P.S. I’d be “deluded” if I believed that I was RichPort. It does not follow that I am deluded because I elect to mock him. I’d hazzard a guess as to the quality of your education, but that’s really not necessary, now is it ;^)

  49. heyheyhey

    121–no, thats not racist, the thing that’s racist is that you actually generalize all black women to have those traits. If you looked a little bit harder, you’d realize this isn’t the case. I should know, I’m one of the “finger snappin” black women you’re talking about (actually, I don’t do that). It’s sad that you have so little respect for black women, and for someone who usually brags about how intelligent he is, your views sure are ignorant.

  50. The Pharoah

    RichPort aka Spastic
    I am going to break this down in lame man terms so you are able to understand this time. Also, this is only going to take me one try and one post to set you as straight as possible not three like yours.
    First, unless you are retarded you should’ve been able to figure out how to use the scroll up on your mouse or keyboard. You did target one of my comments. Figure it out.
    Second, Calculating degrees or counting to three? Degrees awarded from an online university do not count. And, I’m sure that your parents had to pay a lot of money even for those.
    Third, Let’s for a moment pretend that you live in a home. You wasted your money and are a selfish person. Furthermore, you must be unhappy because only sad and pathetic people brag about their “riches” because that is all they have. More importantly, everyone on this site knows you have no money. And, the reason that you have no money is because you are not smart or nice and have absolutely nothing going for you.
    Fourth, You need to take a reading course. It is apparent in your summaries of my comment that you are well below a junior high reading level. I said, you are an in the closet FA, not gay. Stupid, but not gay. Retarded, but not gay.
    Fifth, if you are married with three kids you should be spending more time with them. You must really hate them to be spending so much time online a website like this. Plus, you must be pretty old too–too old to be online all the time. If your kids are anything like you I would send them to Sylvan Learning Center. Give my apologies to your wife and kids and your dog.
    Sixth, I guess you spent all your money on your house Richport that you need cheap entertainment.

    Your mind is small, but it truly amuses and amazes me how the same species as me can be so fucking unintelligent as you are.

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