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Monday 26 January 2015

Tyra Banks: I won’t slow career

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Tyra Banks
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Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks doesn't understand why women stop their careers to start a family.

The retired supermodel turned 40 last month, but the milestone birthday hasn't changed her stance on career aspirations.

Admitting that she's an overachiever, Tyra is not sorry for wanting to prosper in her field.

"I don't want to slow down and stop. I think there's a weird thing with women when we're high achievers and have high goals, sometimes it's like, 'Why don't you just sit down and have a baby?'

"I know I'm an overachiever and I'm not apologetic about it. I will continue to bring projects and interesting things to the public and won't be slowing down anytime soon, it's only going to get bigger," she promised Britain's Metro newspaper.

Tyra had achieved worldwide fame thanks to her modelling career, which saw her walk the runway for Chanel, Valentino and Fendi. She was also one of the original Victoria's Secret Angels.

After retiring from the industry Tyra moved into a successful TV career hosting America's Next Top Model.

Although the star likes to retain her privacy, Tyra did hit out at the press after unflattering photos of her were printed in 2007.

But on reflection Tyra sees the snaps as a blessing and now feels like the incident has given her a voice on the issue of body image.

"Body image is something that has been important to me for a very long time, so when those photos came out it wasn't new for me to be called fat, it was something that I had heard a lot during my modelling career but what was new about it was that I was on the cover of magazines with headlines.

"So when people were saying I was fat and gross and disgusting they weren't just saying it about me they were saying it about any woman whose body looked like mine in the photos. I felt like I needed to say something so I was very vocal and told the people that had negative things to say about me or women that looked like me to kiss my fat ass," she explained.

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