*Tyra Banks today announced her first-ever plus-sized modeling competition for teens, dubbed “Tyra’s Fiercely Real Teen Model Search,” reports People.com.
The contest is strictly limited to young ladies 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,” she explains of the decision.
“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.”
Visit tyrashow.warnerbros.com to learn how to enter.