By: Krystle Crossman
Tyra Banks has had an amazing life as a model, author, actress, singer, and entrepreneur. The one thing that she has always wanted to be is a mother. Unfortunately her body didn’t want to work with her on that one dream but she never gave up. She and her partner Erik Asla ended up using a surrogate and now they have a beautiful baby boy named York Bank Asla. Banks has been raving about her son and motherhood on her social media accounts. She is infatuated with York and couldn’t be happier. There is one thing about motherhood that she is not a fan of but it is nothing that has to do with her son.
Banks states that she becomes upset when people come to her with ideas for things that she can do with her business, Tyra Beauty, but then say that she probably won’t have time because she is a mother now. She says it is extremely insulting when someone says that to her, especially since people do not say that to a new father, only the mother. Banks still manages to make time for her new son but also remains a busy business woman. She understands that she is role model to many young women out there and doesn’t want to give up on them. She states that you can still be an amazing mother and a great businesswoman at the same time which she proves every day.
In 1999 Tyra Banks set up camps and called them TZONE camps. Young women attend these camps to participate in self-esteem building programs. They deal with body image issues, self-esteem, and finding their identity. Being a teen girl is extremely difficult, especially in today’s world. Kids can be cruel and young women end up with body image issues that lead to depression, low self-esteem, and eating disorders. Tyra herself struggled with these issues when she was younger and she feels that it is important to give back to the community. She wants to help the young women who were just like her so that they can lead happy lives. Her camps also deal with gender identity issues and teach the young women that they can do whatever they want to do in life no matter what anyone tells them.