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Tyra Banks Announces Plus-Sized Teen Model Competition

Tyra Banks Announces Plus-Sized Teen Model Competition

Tyra Banks is kicking off the first ever plus-sized modeling competition!

Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 19, a size 12-20 and 5’9″ or taller. Enter here if you fit the bill!

The winner will receive a one-year modeling contract with Wilhemina, a fashion spread and cover shoot with Tyra on her Magaline and a spread in a major fashion magazine.

“I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty,” Ty said, “and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out.”

Finalists will be introduced on the show on Tuesday, March 2 and the winner will be crowned the following day on the show!

The Tyra Show airs at 4 PM on the CW!

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47 Responses to “Tyra Banks Announces Plus-Sized Teen Model Competition”

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  1. 1
    gamerdatingsite Says:

    Tyra is so skinny!

  2. 2
    Neorules2112 Says:

    That forehead is just sooo HUGE !!

  3. 3
    Jules Says:

    5’9″??? bloody hell! Not even the plus size hobbits have a chance.

  4. 4
    Truth Says:

    just what we need, a show that glamourizes fat teenage girls.
    being fat is not healthy or sexy, it’s disgusting and a sure way to die quick and young

  5. 5
    QueenOfTrashin Says:

    Size 12 is a plus size?!?!? Anyone 5′ 9′ that wears a size 12 would be very thin.

  6. 6
    Ana Says:

    WHATTTT? Well, I’m about 5’9′ and of course i wear a size 14 and i’m not fat at all. I’m just really tall and nothing fits me.This not plus size. 12 and 14 are only normal sizes for very tall women!

  7. 7
    pretty young girl Says:


  8. 8
    miki Says:

    The photo of Tyra is her looking really skinny…
    Why don’t they do a show with AVERAGE people…….kids who are 5’8″ and are size 8-12. That is normal. Plus size in the model industry is a size 10+ for a 5’9″ person…………sad as that sounds. They are just normal people sizes……..and the industry calls them Plus size.
    Now if they got 16+ 1-3X then that would be oversized gals.
    Oh well, we all have to accept that the fashion industry is all messed up.
    Kinda like the ballet world. A 5’8″ dancer would be on the tall end of the scale, and would need to weigh about 110-115 lbs. That is skinny.
    the low end is about 5’3″………weighing about 80-95 pounds..can get away with 101 lbs. Why do we accept this???

  9. 9
    Marie Says:



  10. 10
    luisaonline Says:

    this was not necessary

  11. 11
    Shaz Says:

    instead of plus sized or anorexic, why don’t they have girls in between which are perhaps the most beautiful, healthy and athletic girls.

  12. 12
    Marie Says:

    I’m a teen and I’m 5’9”, 125 pounds, and a size 2-4, run track and field as well as snowboard. Let me tell you, any girl who is over 5’9” and over a size 10 is considered HUGE by most standards, especially in NYC. So to the previous girls who think they are thin or average being a size 14 are seriously delusional.

  13. 13
    Marie Says:


    Nothin fits you because you are fat, not tall. I’m the same height as you and wear a size 2 or 4 depending on the brand. Stop kidding yourself and get on the treadmill. I say this with the utmost sincerity and good intentions. Much love.

  14. 14
    emele Says:

    being 5’9″ and size 14 is not thin. its not hugely fat but i wouldn’t call that thin for example taylor swift is over 5’9″ and is quite a small size, i would call that thin.

  15. 15
    pottersfield Says:

    She is such a hypocrite. She is going down the tubes and needs publicity.

  16. 16
    cougarsdatingsite Says:

    I love Tyra! She is the new oprah

  17. 17
    Mareike Says:

    Love her but, she should go back to the “normal” America’s Next Top Model, because most designers don’t choose plus-size or “small” models for their campaigns and stuff, so I think the “normal” ANTM actually puts models out there, those that could book a lot of jobs :/

  18. 18
    goo Says:

    They should name the show “Normal Sized Teen Model Competition” and not Plus-sized if this is to be the opposite of America’s Next Top Model. Size 0 is not normal.

    In summer 2009, the average size woman was a “14″.

  19. 19
    Heather Says:

    @Marie: Body structure also has a lot to do with size. Very rude of you to flat out call someone fat. Says a lot about your poor personality.

  20. 20
    lakers fan in boston Says:

    yawn who gives an eff
    all this crazy ass woman is going to do is exploit them
    cant stand her, she makes any subject about her
    i honestly didnt even no there was a size 20, that sounds humongous, lol

  21. 21
    Loneiceska Says:

    Im 23 and beautiful

  22. 22
    Loneiceska Says:


  23. 23
    Loneiceska Says:


  24. 24
    Nicole Says:


    Wow your either a troll or just a childish moron How dare you call someone fat because you CLAIM to a be a size 2 or 4!!

    Im glad you feel your size is acceptable but surely others look upon you as skinny or boyish? thats also consider unnatractive by many people too.

    Maybe when you grow up a little you will realise we are all different and thats a good thing.

  25. 25
    PoeticlyUrz Says:

    It’s a shame that we have these pre-set standards and notions about how big or small you should be. If you enjoy modeling, do it! Big small short tall, do what makes you happy. No two people are the same, so just do away with ‘normal’. we are all unique! As long as your healthy and happy why does size specifications matter?

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