During middle school and some of high school, my after school ritual was going home to watch The Tyra Show. It was on every day at 4pm, and I’d watch it on the couch while doing tedious homework and eating popcorn. This show was a blessing–we never had anything besides basic cable, and this was one of the non-primetime shows I actually enjoyed. Tyra taught me more about confidence and career than anyone else did in my early teens. Here is why she’s a pioneer role model–and someone else who doesn’t get enough credit.
1. First of all, she invented the smize.
2. She hosted a reality show for TWENTY TWO seasons. Like, before America was even obsessed with reality television.
3. She won two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Talk Show, Informative. And boy, was it informative.
4. She does it all–the girl can act, model, sing, and write.
5. Tyra founded her own production company.
6. She completed a management program at Harvard Business School, and was a guest lecturer at Stanford. Oh, s-nap.
7. One of her most impressive feats is the TZONE program, which Banks launched to empower young women to be leaders. She also created a scholarship fund at her Catholic high school.
8. She’s been an advocate for body positivity before it was trendy.
9. Tyra talked openly on her show about walking away from abusive relationships
10. Her beauty start-up makes a lipstick shade called “Ask for a Raise.” Like, how f***ing badass?
“My mom never taught me to be waiting for some prince on a white horse to swipe me off my feet.”