Tyra Banks Launches Plus-Size Model Contest
Fiercely Real Teen Model Search will end with contract, spread
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2010 9:39 AM CST
TV personality Tyra Banks tapes a dance mob segment for "The Tyra Banks Show" and also traded in her weave and revealed her natural hair for her 5th season celebration, in New York, on August 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

(Newser) – Tyra Banks is jumping on the plus-size model bandwagon with a new modeling competition—the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search. “I've always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty,” she tells Us. Teens with dress sizes between 12 and 20 who stand 5'9" to 6'1" tall are eligible to compete for a one-year modeling contract and a spread in a major fashion magazine.

“I want young girls to realize that what's considered plus-sized is the average American woman,” Banks says. “That woman is healthy, fit, and beautiful.” For more details, including how to enter, click here.

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juno1226
Feb 27, 2011 12:44 PM CST
ok im 14 and 5'6 and not rele sure how much i weigh but im "plus size" for sure. and i've watchd ANTM since i was 10 and i was ssooo happy wen whitney won and became the 1st plus size model to win ANTM. i've still got the ads from seventeen mag. i jst wantd to kno if i'd have a shot/ chance, and if u wld message me or comment bak plse? thank you,(:
Mimie
Nov 17, 2010 7:35 AM CST
tyra i am 15years old my birthday is on feb3 and 5'5....145........and im not "plus size" but im not skinny like the women on next top model eitha. i was wonderin if you would ever have one modeling show for "teens" to try and be next top model?????
Breezy dha Official
Mar 2, 2010 3:21 PM CST
TYRA IM INTERESTED IN THIS HONESTLY.. IM 17 YEARS OF AGE. I STAND 5'9 1/2, DRESS SIZE (18-20).. PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME ABOUT THIS EVEN IF I DONT OR IF I DO MAKE IT PLEASE JUST LET ME KNOW SOMETHING.. IM A BIG FAN OF YOURS AND I WOULD LOVE TO MODEL..