In response to the tabloid headlines that read “America’s Next Top Waddle” and “Tyra Porkchop,” Tyra Banks has finally decided to respond publicy by speaking with People magazine on the issue. From People:
Now, for the first time in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Banks, 33, is publicly discussing her much-buzzed-about weight gain. “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,’ ” she says. “So when they say that my body is ‘ugly’ and ‘disgusting,’ what does that make those girls feel like?”
What Tyra Banks has to say about her former body after the jump.
As for how Banks feels about her own 5’10″ body – which she says is at 161 lbs. these days, about 30 lbs. heavier than when she landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in 1997 – she says: “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!’ “
As much as I think Tyra Banks is a maniac, I do think it’s ridiculous to imply that the woman is fat, when seriously, she’s just gone from a supermodel body to a normal, curvy woman’s body. And I have a feeling she’s carrying the weight better than Giselle Bundchen ever would. It is fun to imagine the what would happen if Naomi Campbell had gained some weight and some dumb schlub started calling her fat, though, cause I doubt there would be less People Magazine interview, and more of the punching in the face.