Tyra speaks about America's Next Top Model finale and more
America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks spoke with TV Guide this week about the finale of America’s Next Top Model, her scars from modeling injuries, and more.

When asked if she’d ever been injured during a modeling shoot, like both Natasha (burned by a curling iron) and Cassandra (frostbite) were during this cycle, Tyra said she had.

“I have scars on the backs of my arms from dressers in Paris scraping me with pins as I was taking a shirt or gown off. They pin you to death [to make it fit], and then pull it off really fast to get to the next outfit,” she said. “I've also been burned on my eyelid and forehead by a curling iron.”

Tyra gave few clues about this week’s season finale of America’s Next Top Model, but did offer a hint about the fashion show’s theme.
“For the fashion show, we decided to do ‘the evolution of woman.’ She starts off as slightly primitive, then she evolves into this kickass, power woman. The Sydney Opera House is the backdrop.”

Tyra says that how we see the America’s Next Top Model girls interacting while living in the house together is not at all staged, and that she’s experienced it herself.

“I used to live in a model's apartment in New York City. A girl woke me up in the middle of the night because she thought I stole her alarm clock. I was very insulted. I'm like, ‘I can afford a hotel — I stay here for the camaraderie.’ So what they do on TV, I've been a victim of that stuff,” she told TV Guide.

Banks says that “By no means” is she “trying to change the modeling industry,” by speaking out opening about her own weight gain.

“With America’s Next Top Model, some of my girls are shorter, fuller-figured, a nice mix of ethnicity — things that the industry doesn't necessarily represent. Fashion magazines are going to be here. Retouched pictures are going to be here. It's important to not obsess about that. Look in the mirror and find your true beauty, inner and outer. And if you don't live up to all this other crap out there, so what? It's OK.”

-Mel, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
Photo credit: The CW