“My thighs are disgusting”: Tyra Banks on Why Women Abuse Themselves With “fat talk”

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tyra-banks-weight-gainBy Staff Blogger

Tyra Banks is a wildly successful supermodel, actress and the face of popular reality show, America’s Next Top Model but even she admits to sometimes feeling insecure just like many other women.  She partnered with Special K to encourage women to stop “fat talk”; when women say horrible things to themselves about themselves, such as “my thighs are disgusting” or “my buttt is fat and ugly”.

In an interview with Women’s Health, when asked why women engage in fat talk, the former talk show host says that she believes women do it as a form of self defense; they call themselves ugly names before anyone else because they feel vulnerable. The problem with this strategy, says Banks, is that it has a very horrible side effect; focusing on our shortcomings means that we become less aware of the ways in which we are beautiful.

Her interview with Women’s Health is below:

When did the idea of “fat talk” first become an important issue to you?
This is something that I’ve naturally just always been shutting down with friends and with girls that I mentor, like “Stop that! Stop saying these negative things about yourself. Look in the mirror and find something about yourself that’s positive and celebrate that!” I’ve been saying that for years with my TZONE Foundation and just with friends on a daily basis. And then Special K called me and they were like, “We’re interested in this and we have missions that align.” And I’m like, “Oh my God, yes!” So this felt organic.

Have you ever struggled with fat talk?
Mine wasn’t fat talk—mine was skinny talk. When I was a young girl, I lost a lot of weight over one summer—involuntarily—and was just really depressed and sad. There was nothing I could do to gain weight. I would look in the mirror and call myself disgusting every day.

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  1. Great Article!!!
    You got Tyra…!!! and screw anybody who doesn’t like it… cause you must love-self first before anybody else can really except you for who you really are on the inside. Self always comes first, and low-self-esteem is a bully destroyer… Truth be told folks don’t like you when your-up, neither do they like you when your down… So screw folks and make (YOU)#1….

  2. Oh my god if you dont like something about yourself just change it, dayum! Why do I have more wisdom at 25 than some of these old azz females??

    • Devon
      Ain’t yo mammi a old a$$ female and yo dumb a$$ is following in her funky donkey a$$ foot steps. Old is what you make it you foolish a$$ twitt.

  3. Did I hit a nerve No Hope? Yeah my mamas an old azz female and real talk? She dont bitch and moan about the sheit old azz females always bitch and moan about. She dont bitch and moan about raising kids all by herself because she had the good sense to marry a good man THEN have my brother then me. She dont whine about a man treating her like sheit because she KNOWS men do what women LET them do. She didnt cry about too many mouths to feed because she had her tubes tied after she had us. She didnt beg the govt and celebrities to “do something” for us or “give us” something because she and my dad worked hard and smart so HER and HIS old azz wouldnt have to ask for handouts. My mamas or daddys old azz never had to visit my son in prison foe sheitting on his own community by killing people with drugs and violence. Her old azz AND his old azz taught me the value of a good education, how to love my skin color and kinky hair, and how K shouldnt let random azz pucci hounds treat my pucci like a dayum trash can, not let assortment of nuccas use it for a seminal waste dump and then turn around and get pregnant. Most important thing they taught me was to NEVER BLAME other people for my own [email protected] ups and mistakes but OWN that sheit and dont play the victim sheit. Oh and sbe taught me not to listen to lonely, bitter azz old and young females who dont know sheit about good relationships and marriages when they never had one because they were were too busy thinking giving away pucci can make a man love a woman. If old azz women had HALF the sense my old azz mama had and STILL HAS, MAYBE more young sistas would have the good sense theyre lacking Maybe they wouldnt be proud to have out of wedlock babies and wear thst sheit like a badge of honor. Maybe they would choose better men as husbands and fathers. Maybe they wouldnt act as masculine and thuggish as tbe these thugs out here.

    Real talk-I dont co sign dumb sheit off social media and I dont co sign it ON social media. I domt think like most black women because I dont live the drama filled, chaotic, dysfunctional lifestyles they live. You will never hear me co signing yalls stupidity on any subject including yall obsessive hat of Bey. Yall hate this chick because shes beautiful and parlayed a decent voice and slamming body into a BRAND. Shes not the typical black woman. And some of yall who talk bad about her husband is the same ones lined up backstage trying to [email protected]@k and and have his millionaire baby or at the least trying to give head so yall could brag about having hovas dyck down your throats. Yall sound stupid as hell bad mouthing a woman (and her busband) worth millions the turning around and begging them to give h
    yall something or do something for yall. Do for ya dayum selves they arent the baby mama and daddy of the black community, sorry but yall are some begging azz mofos, period. And uall aint no example for young black women. All that doing stupid sheit t playing victim and blaming white people and black men aint setting a good example for young black women. Anyway I described mama. Now what?

    • No nerves here TWITT [email protected]@ty, and nobody’s going to read all your dumb out-to-the-trash RUBBISH, and you told all of us that yo stupid twitt-A$$ have a degree!!! REALLY!! Degrade!!! You get an F!! Degrade Degrade Degrade Degrade Degrade Degrade Degrade Degrade! LMBO!!! Your bottles in the fridge and your paci’s in yo man’s a$$. NEXT!

    • @Devon do you hear Emily talking to you? 25 yrs old and very very foolish. You always stick your toes in your mouth and you make it seem like your mother didn’t raise an intelligent daughter.

  4. Most likely, their thighs are fat. I don’t consider it abuse to take an inventory of yourself, see what needs to be done and FIX IT!!

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