6 Things Tyra Banks Taught Me While Binge Watching 'America's Next Top Model'
Start writing a post

6 Things Tyra Banks Taught Me While Binge Watching 'America's Next Top Model'

Even in your selfies, you better smize!

6 Things Tyra Banks Taught Me While Binge Watching 'America's Next Top Model'

When I found out that "America's Next Top Model" was streaming on Hulu, I was beyond ecstatic. I grew up waiting for the day-long marathon of different cycles of the show to be on tv during days off from school so I could wake up at 8 a.m. and binge an entire cycle all day.

For the last couple of months, I've been binging the fuck out of this show on Hulu, and I'm pretty sure Tyra Banks is actually playing a part in curing my clinical depression.

She is so inspirational, and she has continued to inspire young girls to embrace their inner and outer beauty even to this day through "America's Next Top Model" (seriously the show is still going, they're on cycle 24!! Crazy right??).

So here are 6 things I've learned from Tyra while binging the show, and I highly encourage every girl to binge this show ASAP (I will let you use my Hulu account that's how important it is y'all).

1. When in doubt, you better 'smize'

"Smize" is a word invented by Tyra herself. It means "to smile with your eyes". As Tyra would say, the eyes are the window to the soul. Smiling means nothing, but when you smile with your eyes you can tell an entire story. So even in your selfies, YOU BETTER SMIZE!

2. When given a second chance, try harder than you would have the first time

We all know this meme, but do you know the story behind it? During cycle 4, Tiffany was given a second chance to be in the final girls to appear on the show. In cycle 3 she was cut during the semi-finals. She was an underprivileged girl who was going to stop at nothing to make a come back on the show. But during cycle 4 she started to no longer care about the competition, when she was sent home, Tyra made her famous speech to her, saying she had never yelled at a girl like that. RIP Tiffany. She will never be forgotten. But never disappoint someone who gives you a second chance.

3. If you gotta booty, you gotta work it

Another word made famous by Miss Tyra Banks is the "booty tooch". America's Next Top Model has always encouraged full-figured girls to be on the show and show off their "fiercely real" bodies. A plus-size model actually won the competition on cycle 10 (her name is Whitney and she followed me back on Instagram so I'm basically her BFF). When you gotta a fiercely real booty, you gotta TOOCH IT!

4. Your flaws are what make you unique and beautiful

Tyra always talks about how flaws are the most beautiful thing about a girl. She is actually known for her very large forehead, but that is what makes her stand out. No famous model out there is cookie-cutter beautiful, they all have quirks and flaws, but that's why we like them. So embrace the parts of your body and personality that make you different, because they will make you stand out.

5. You can do anything if you have confidence

On ANTM the girls have to do a lot of new things, especially when they travel abroad. An excuse that is used in every cycle from at least one girl is, "I had never done that before so that's why my picture is so bad." The response that Tyra gives every time is, "You girls are always doing new things and you can pull them off. You just have to have the confidence to work it." Confidence is key. If you have confidence, you can do anything. Fake it till you make it, honey.


Do I even need to explain this one?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less
Dating Apps

We Met At A Bar

Salvage what you can; if you can't, it's alright to walk away.

We Met At A Bar
Anne Waldon

We met at a bar.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Mets And Me

They may be the worst sometimes, but this baseball team has given me more than I could ask for.

Rich Schultz/Getty Images

On September 3rd, 2001, a sea of children littered my home's navy-carpeted den to watch baseball during my dad's 40th birthday extravaganza. A baseball game flickered on the TV, and a red and blue bubble of a scoreboard sat in the bottom right corner of the screen. The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies were in a wild game at Veterans' Stadium. As I, a five-year-old boy with a jumble of curly blonde hair, sat in the back of the kid clump, I wondered which team I should root for. After a long debate with myself, I decided that I should root for the team that's winning (duh). But, as the ninth inning rolled around with the Phils maintaining a 7-5 lead, some magic occurred. The Mets put up five runs in one frame, stunning the Phillie fans in the room and winning the game 10-7.

Keep Reading... Show less

Which BTS Member You Are Based On Your Star Sign

If you love BTS, I'm sure you relate to one or many of them in several ways. This star test will help you learn more about which member you are most connected to.

Which BTS Member You Are Based On Your Star Sign

Astrological signs tell a lot about a person. Do you ever wonder what your BTS bias star sign is? Is it the same as yours, or or are you more like one of the other amazing members? Take a look and find out what yours (and the members of Bangtan) says about you.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments