Tyra Banks Announces Teen Plus-Sized Modeling Competition

The former model is on a mission to redefine beauty

Tyra Banks announced Monday that she is creating a new plus-sized modeling competition for teens, which she's calling Tyra’s Fiercely Real Teen Model Search. The talk show host and former model, 36, is on a search for aspiring models age 13-19 and between 5′ 9" and 6′ 1".

“I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty; through America’s Next Top Model, True Beauty and The Tyra Show I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both inside and out,” Banks says of her new venture. “Plus-sized tends to have a negative connotation and I want young girls to realize that what’s considered plus-sized is the average American woman. That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful. Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman’s life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out.”

The winner of the competition will get a one-year contract with Wilhelmina modeling agency, a magazine cover and more. If you're interested in entering -- or know someone who is -- check out tyrashow.warnerbros.com for more info!

Plus: Tyra Says Bye-Bye to Tyra Show

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