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)
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(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.