Just a few updates

Well first things first! If you have not checked out Tyra.com lately GET ON IT!!! This weeks cover was gaga inspired and the Kerin Rose Sabotage Shades Tyra is rocking are HOT!!! I'll post the pics below. There's also backstage video of Tyra at the kids choice awards and lots of other fun stuff as usuall.

I'm also going to upload a video from channel One news of Tyra talking about body image. The video is old but there may be some who haven't seen it so Im going to upload.

Other than that All new tyra shows this week, and a VERY good Top model wednesday!! Someone you might not expect will be going home this week ;-) its going to be baaaaaaaaad *sheep voice* for somebody!! Hope all is well with everyone!!

Knitted Sleeves

FASHION - I saw the knitted sleeves below on a website and my immediate response was I WANT THEM!

I don't care if they make it look like I have Popeye arms. I also don't even know what they're called. I just know I must have them!

Tyra celebrates Earth Week.....KINDA!?

Here's a video NBC is doing to celebrate Earth week....Tyra and Mr. Jay appear around the 1:10-1:13 mark for less than a second. If you blink you'll miss it!!

Tyra On Michigan Avenue!

I have been waiting and waiting for these pics to surface! It has almost been a year since Tyra shot these, but atleast we got them!! Here are some pics from the shoot and the article posted below! After reading that last sentence, I jumped for joy!!

Tyra Banks may well be the poster child for how to make it in America. Her career moves have taken her from success to success: from teen modeling sensation to barrier-breaking black model (her firsts include the Victoria’s Secret catalog cover and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model); from sitcom actress on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to creator of the wildly popular America’s Next Top Model; from her first daytime gig as a youth correspondent on The Oprah Winfrey Show to host of the Emmy-winning The Tyra Banks Show.
In every instance, even the smallest entry has led to an opportunity that Banks, 36, has blown wide open. But in announcing the end of her daytime talk show, Banks has raised a lot of questions about what’s next for her and her production company, Bankable Enterprises.

We won’t have to wait long to find out. Tune into Banks’ finale on May 28, she says, to see her unveil her big-picture plans. Today, she’s just hinting at what’s ahead: “We’ll be changing up what we all consider fairy tales,” she says. “It’s changed quite a bit since I was a little girl, but still the traditional Prince Charming/princess scenario has a long way to go. Maybe the princess will save the prince, and the princess may have a big nose or a big ol’ booty. Her beauty will still make the prince and the audience swoon.”

Making young women feel beautiful is what Banks calls the official mission of Bankable Enterprises. “Perceptions and stereotypes don’t change overnight, but I feel I was put here to do whatever I can in my power to challenge those stereotypes,” she says. Two recent examples: The Fiercely Real Teen Model Search, a search for plus-size teen models, which she launched this year with plans for it to become an annual contest; and True Beauty, a reality show she helped produce that is set to return this year.

Her still-on-top reality show, America’s Next Top Model (Wednesday nights on WGN, Chicago’s CW), entered its 14th cycle last month with a change in focus and a new face on the judging panel, Vogue’s AndrĂ© Leon Talley. Banks says she talked to Talley eight years ago about joining the first cycle’s cast, but the timing was off. “When I first started America’s Next Top Model, we were very careful not to make the show too high-fashion as we wanted to bring this elite, insider industry to the masses,” she says. “We wanted it to be relatable and inviting. This time we felt our viewers were ready for it.”

While there are no Chicago contestants to root for in the current cycle, our city is usually represented—often disproportionately—in the winners circle: Three ANTM winners have been from the Chicago area (McKey, Jaslene and Adrianne). “I think city girls in general have a certain attitude, a confident way of carrying themselves that’s really essential in the fashion industry,” Banks explains. “Chicago girls have that edge.”

Chicago is also the place Banks got her start in daytime TV, during a stint as a youth correspondent for Oprah in the late ’90s. Banks cites Oprah as an inspiration and is flattered by any comparisons, but humbly bows down to the media queen. “Oprah is the God Momma, and there will never be another Oprah,” she says.

Like Oprah, Banks has used her talk show as a vehicle to speak openly about her own struggles and relate to fans on a big-sister level; from being bullied by Naomi Campbell as a young runway model to her ongoing issues with weight and body image. (In case you’re wondering, the secret to maintaining her recent weight loss, she says, is a five-days-a-week cardio regimen of alternating 30 minutes on either the stationary bike or elliptical machine.)

And while her success seems to have come quite easily, she says it was incredibly difficult to transition from supermodel to supermogul. “No one took me seriously,” she says. After winning a Daytime Entertainment Emmy for The Tyra Banks Show in 2008, she shares, “I couldn’t control myself. I was bawling. I thought of every person who said, ‘You can’t.’ And at that moment I felt so proud. I took a big sigh of relief and said to myself, ‘See, yes. Yes you can.’”

If we’ve learned anything by watching Banks, it’s that we can’t under estimate her ability to outthink and outmaneuver her detractors—especially now, as plans for her production company unfold. “I don’t want to give too much away, but there will be books, there will be films—and, who knows?—I could be coming back into your homes on the TV screen sooner than you thought."

Boycotting Peter Nygard

FASHION - Its not often I discuss boycotts, but in this case I am making an exception.

Peter Nygard is a 67-year-old Canadian fashion designer known for marketing to women in the 25 - 35 range, supporting breast cancer research and his playboy lifestyle.

But what you might not know is he routinely treats his workers like slaves, abuses labour laws, skips out on paying for work permits, uses sweatshop labour in his factories... and his sex life involves 16 year old girls. Sometimes younger.

According to former staff Peter Nygard routinely has wild sex parties, has a staff member who is charge of luring young women with promises of being on the lookout for supermodels but in reality he's just looking for a roster of young girls to have sex with. Some of them allege he's raped or sexually abused them.

In one case Peter Nygard admitted the one girl had been living on his wallled estate in the Bahamas and that she had been there since she was a teenager. She had basically been held captive there because employees and guests aren't allowed to leave the estate without Nygard's personal permission.

Staff members allege Peter Nygard frequently has temper tantrums and shouting matches, verbally and physically abusing employees for HOURS at a time. Many employees have left due to a combination of physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

And then there's his factories overseas in China, India and Indonesia... where women and children work in sweatshop conditions producing clothes that are later sold in Peter Nygard's stores in North America and Europe.

So do you want to buy clothes from a man who is best described as a "tempersome rapist" and a "belligerent control freak"?

I think I'll pass. I'd sooner spit on him if I ever met such a horrible old man in person.

Its my firm opinion that most men who get involved in the women's fashion industry are just doing it so they can live like playboys and have sex with young women. Peter Nygard confirms that belief. He's an absolute sexist pig.