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Tyra Banks: 'Being Black & Curvy Hindered My Career'

Posted by Melanie McKane on May 30, 2008 8:57 PM |

Tyra Banks photo Tyra Banks has revealed she was initially rejected by the fashion industry for being “black and curvy”.

The catwalk-queen-turned-talk-show-host says it was hard for her to break into the modelling world because her shape and colour didn’t fit the traditional model mould.

"My biggest obstacle was that I was black and curvy," adding that her agency had a list of "designers who will not book Tyra because of hips and breasts," she told the ‘New York Times’.

She adds fashion bosses tried to convince her mom to put her on a diet, but she refused. "My mother told me the whole thing as we were walking down the street in Milan.

"She said: 'They say you're too curvy. Let's go order pizza.' We walked into a pizzeria, and we discussed a career change."



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