38-year-old international supermodel and fashion mogul Tyga Banks covers the November 2012 issue of ARISE magazine. As a teen, Banks walked the runway around the world for upscale brands including Chanel, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and Fendi. She was also one of the original Victoria Secret’s angels. Banks has also took a stab at hosting a day time talk show and now she serves as the creator and producer of world-renowned TV series America’s Next Top Model, which has been syndicated to other countries around the world, outside of the states. She has been labeled as “the first lady of fashion and its business.” In her cover story, the fashion mogul talks about what people don’t know about her, happiest moments, guilty pleasure, earliest fashion memory and life philosophy. Below are some highlights:
What are most people surprised about you?
That I don’t have the personality I have on America’s Next Top Model [AMTM]. I don’t say ‘Your pictures are not fierce, you’re not smizing and hello nice to meet you’. It’s a character that I created, but it’s not really me. I’m more like I am on my talk show, that’s not me trying to be a thing. On Top Model it’s a character… it just so happens the character’s named Tyra Banks, but she’s not me.
Driving my car on the weekends… far. Washing my make-up off at the end of the day… it just feels damn good, it’s really me when I look at the mirror. I’m like ‘That’s who she is, they don’t know her’. [And] making young girls feel good, having a young girl coming up to me and me complimenting her on something physically and see her face light up, that just makes me happy.
Earliest fashion memory?
Me sitting on the edge of the bath tub while my mother beats her face [i.e. puts on a tonne of make-up]. That’s where I learnt to be a drag queen – from my mother. She likes a lot of make-up and I like a lot.
Have tunnel vision but do not forget your personal life. I’m all about teaching people to go for your goals, work extra hard, tunnel vision, tunnel vision. Now I say have tunnel vision but don’t forget your personal life. Now I talk to them about not forgetting your friends; yes you have to sacrifice but don’t forget your family, don’t forget if you want to have children. I waited too late for all of that. So I feel it’s important to have the balance, and I’m learning that now.
Read the interview in its entirely over at ARISE.
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