Model turned mogul Tyra Banks has had enormous success rocking the catwalk, but admits that she does not want her 2-year old son, York, to build a career doing the same.
In an interview with US Magazine, the America’s Top Model creator shared, “I wouldn’t love for him to model, but I wouldn’t tell him, ‘Don’t do it,’ because then he’d do it more,” she said. “I’m going to support what he wants and just hope it’s not modeling, but if it is, I’ll be telling him how to smize.”
Supermodel Banks, who ripped runways and broke down barriers throughout her modeling career, explained rather candidly why she’s hoping it’s not his first choice.
“Male models, I don’t know if they have the careers the female models tend to have,” Banks continued. “The female models tend to joke and go, ‘They are our accessories. I have on earrings and some shoes, and I have a male model in the shot.’ You know, that’s kind of what the girls tend to joke about.”
It’s apparent that Banks simply doesn’t want her son to be an appetizer when he could be the main course.
In other news, the new mom, who recently split from her former partner and son’s father Erik Asla, says that York is doing just fine in the learning department.
“He has friends in his classes that are like ‘re- re- red,’ and my son is already up to silver and rose and rose gold,” Banks beamed “And he has been counting to 20 since he was 18 months. So he’s really, really smart.”
“He speaks Spanish, Norwegian and English,” she continued. “He’s a smart one. But he’s still crazy and damn near rolling on the floor and not listening to me most of the time.” Sounds about right!
Critical Of The Fashion Industry
Early this year, Banks was very blunt and transparent in her criticism about the fashion industry.
During a Q&A at the Build Series, Banks addressed the question of whether or not the industry was liberal enough and how it could be more inclusive.
Specifically, Banks called out the fashion industry for “trends” in which people of a certain skin types would be considered “in season” before falling out of favor with the fashion world yet again.
“[The industry] is liberal and cyclical, and trends,” Banks said. “Oh, it’s a Black-girl season! Oh, it’s a Brazilian season! OK, now where are they? Oh, it’s the Russians! Oh, now it’s the Asian girls!”
“Race is not a trend. My skin is not a trend; your skin is not a trend. We are who we are, so we should not go in and out of fashion. My booty, her booty, should not go in and out of fashion, that should just be,” she added.
She went on to say that the fashion industry needed to take the focus off of bodies and objectification and put it on actual fashion.
“The trend should be what we put on our bodies, not our bodies. And so that’s the part of fashion that I don’t like, is they’ll say, ‘Oh, the chocolate girls with the short hair is in for two years.’ And now, where’s that girl? She’s trying to figure out how she’s going to pay her bills, because she’s no longer hot, and cannot pay to get hired. And that’s what hurts me,” she said.