Unwilling to starve herself to achieve the desired physique for high-fashion models, Banks decided to return to the United States and switch to swimwear and lingerie modeling, where curvier models are more welcome."I made my living being 20 or 30 pounds heavier than the average model," Banks says. Victoria's Secret said I sold more bras and panties than anybody else, and I was traipsing down that runway with 30 pounds more booty than the other girls." swimsuit edition, as well as the first black woman to be featured in Victoria's Secret lingerie catalogue.She booked 25 runway shows while in Paris in 1991, an unprecedented feat for a newcomer to the industry.But by the mid-1990s, Banks began to gain weight, a forbidden sin in the world of rail-thin clothing models.She told magazine that she decided to end her program to focus on "bringing positive images of women to the big screen."The following year, Banks launched a style and beauty website called type
“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful- from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It turned out that the best things [to happen to me] in my life were to be made fun of, and to have no friends, and to feel miserable every single day.”“The American Dream is about fulfilling your potential to the max.It's not easy, though, because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box. It's not a chase for material goods, it's about learning what inspires you in life and creating a plan to turn it into your life's work.”A former supermodel, Tyra Banks turned her runway success into a multimedia brand and worked at the helm of two successful TV series simultaneously, 'America's Next Top Model,' and 'The Tyra Banks Show.' and her own daytime talk show, for which she won two Emmy Awards. Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”“I went from being the popular girl who looked normal, to being considered a freak.After graduating from high school in 1991, Banks enrolled at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, but decided to forego college when Elite offered to send her to Paris for high-fashion runway modeling.Banks rose swiftly through the ranks of fashion modeling to become one of the world's top supermodels.
“She was drinking pretty heavily at that party, a lot of wine,” said the insider.