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

(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.

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)
Tyra Banks arrives at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Tyra Banks, host of "America's Next Top Model," arrives at the The CW Network 2009 Upfront on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Model Tyra Banks attends the Calvin Klein Collection and Visionaire 56 Solar launch at The Standard Hotel on June 1, 2009 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 04: TV personality Tyra Banks attends 'The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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