Tyra Banks: Pressure on models is unfair
Tyra Banks can't believe the pressure models face today.
The American beauty was scouted as a teenager, and over the last 25 years has become one of the biggest names in the industry - dominating the runway and helming hit show America's Next Top Model.
Despite her high profile career, Tyra can't believe how much modelling has changed over the years.
"Models have so much pressure today. They have to look good on AND off the set. They have to arrive backstage at fashion shows looking and dressed as if they are already ON a runway. They have to be slimmer than slim. Skinnier than skinny. They have to compete with actresses, recording artists and reality stars for magazine covers and ad campaigns," she fumed on her Instagram account.
"They have to have tons of followers on social media to book top notch jobs. And they have to do selfies that make them look relatable, but not TOO relatable, because then people may comment that they don't understand, "Why the heck is THAT girl a friggin' model??!!!!" (sic)."
Next to the lengthy post Tyra uploaded a photo of herself at one of her early shows for Yves Saint Laurent.
Wearing a relaxed outfit of sneakers, a plaid flannel shirt and "bad jeans", Tyra recalls how she had to think about her weight, but not in the same way as girls do today.
"I think I was size 6, not a size 0.
"Mr. Yves Saint Laurent could care how I looked when I arrived to his show. But when I hit his stage, he expected excellence. And I made sure I delivered that every time I was chosen to walk his amazing runway.
"I'm sending love and hugs to all working, aspiring and super models worldwide. You all have lots to live up to. And I'm here cheering for you every single day. Stay strong girls (sic)," she signed off.