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On America's Next Top Model
, host, judge and executive producer Tyra Banks
often explains to contestants that models typically fall into two categories: High fashion and commercial. Banks, having made the transition from the runways of Paris to the Victoria's Secret catalog, has had roles in both. And in a new interview, the model-turned-entrepreneur explains that she never felt quite comfortable with the high fashion world.
She explained to NYMag: I’m not the high-fashion girl inside. So I was walking in the runways of Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent and Dior and all the other top designers of the world and the Vogues and the Bazaars and all that globally, but I always still felt intimidated, which is interesting. Karl Lagerfeld is dressing me, Yves Saint Laurent is like smoothing my hem or something, and I felt like a little teenage girl and that these amazing designers were around me and that they were like these Greek gods. So I knew it wasn’t my truth. Although I was, like, flattered and like, “Oh, this is amazing!”
Tyra's truth, these days, consists of building and running an empire. She's just launched an interactive online magazine, TypeF, and continues to develop television and film projects. Oh, and she's still working on a novel, too, when she's not taking business classes at Harvard.
Even if Tyra doesn't consider herself a high-fashion girl, she's definitely found her niche in the industry.Browse Tyra Banks' latest looks (click any thumbnail below):