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Tyra Banks talks skinny. We say models model clothes, not life, for our girls

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(Read caption) Tyra Banks warns about the perils of skinny, and that's great. But what gets lost in the “models are too thin and therefore bad role models for our girls” discussion is that models shouldn’t really be role models for our girls who should have loftier goals. Ms. Banks arrives at the Time 100 Gala in New York April 24, 2012.

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Supermodel Tyra Banks has been getting a lot of press this week for her “open letter to models” in The Daily Beast in which she praises Vogue magazine’s new pledge to stop using young teen models and those who appear to have eating disorders

This move, she says, could do wonders for little girls, who have been subjected to increasingly twiggy beauty standards.  

“When I started modeling, I used to see models who seemed unhealthy backstage at the fashion shows,” she wrote. “They appeared to be abusing their bodies to maintain a certain weight. These girls were booked over and over again for countless fashion shows and photo shoots. I’m sure many of you today have witnessed this, or even live it. Now, real progress is finally on the horizon. Vogue is stepping up, doing the right thing, and protecting that girl. Perhaps that girl is you!” 

Well, thanks for the encouragement, Tyra. Sort of. Because, really, that girl is decidedly not me. Or my daughter, I hope. 


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