"I want young girls to realize that what's considered plus-sized is the average American woman, That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful. Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman's life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out."
Tyra Banks has announced her latest modeling competition, the first-ever "fiercely real" plus-sized teen model search. How exciting, don't you think?
The finalists will be introduced on the March 2 episode of her talk show, and the winner of the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search will be crowned the following day. The winner will receive a one-year modeling contract and a spread in a major fashion magazine. (The Tyra Show's official site.)
I'll be checking out that episode of The Tyra Banks show! Will you?
"I've always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty," she told Us. "Through America's Next Top Model, True Beauty and The Tyra Show, I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both inside and out."