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Tyra Banks

Supermodel-turned-TV-star Tyra Banks has announced she will leave her weave behind — at least temporarily — when she launches the new season of "The Tyra Banks Show" in early September.

Read NaturallyCurly's editorial comments on Tyra Banks' decision.
See 10 tips for Tyra or anyone considering going natural

“This season on ‘The Tyra Show’ we’re taking it to the next level and getting more real than ever before by encouraging women everywhere to own and rock what they’ve got and be proud,” Banks said in a statement. “For the Season 5 premiere, I will be doing just that — no fake hair, I’m rocking my REAL hair.”

Tyra is hoping her de-weavement will encourage others to show off their natural 'dos.

“This will all be going down on September 8, 2009, which we’re declaring National Real Hair Day,” Banks' statement continued. “We welcome everyone to go natural with me!” And NaturallyCurly, of course, welcomes this wonderful lead-up to International Curly Hair Day on September 23.

CurlTalkers offer a mixed view of Bank's announcement.

Alice_42 writes, "You don't get cool points for going one day/episode without a weave, Tyra."

But CityGirl81 contributes, "Natural" women get such a bad wrap it's nice to see she is willing to let her "soul glo," even if for one day."

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ok, so her premiere is coming up - seems like we should we doing a countdown of what Tyra will do on her premiere show! go tyra go.
Elizabeth Feinman, you are right,but the really sad thing is that we're having to start the hair pride thing all over again because back in the 60's & 70's WE HAD THAT HAIR PRIDE. I grew up with ML King on TV & the whole civil rights movement & the Black is beautiful era. I went to segregated schools til the 60's.I sported a HUGE Afro like the Jackson 5 & Angela Davis had. Loads of people were into wearing afros back then. Black guys wore big 'fros & carried afro picks in their back pockets & we girls wore ours with long afro centric earrings & beads. We all wore dashikis. White kids with curly hair let theirs grow into big afros & Jewish kids called theirs Jewfros. White girls even got perms to make their hair into big masses of curls.The full range of curly hair from type 3s to type 4s was the rage. Big hair was DA BOMB. But when the big crack epidemic of the late 80's & 90's came in, all that went down the drain as neighborhoods became crime ridden,there were drug wars,drug-shattered families, neglected/abused kids, teen mothers & all kinds of social issue messes we still deal with today. I've been teaching since the mid 70's & we teachers noted the awful changes in kids' attitudes from joyous childhood to a nasty negative view of life & a general anger at everything. Kids came to school full of anger & began to snap at each other & argue & fight over petty stupid nonsense;self esteem vanished & self respect,respect for teachers,education & any kind of authority disappeared.Parents stopped raising their kids with the values of self discipline & respect we older folks grew up with & schools became unsafe, with parents & adults coming into them assaulting each other & school staff. Fights & crime escalated among students. Self hate & shame over our hair & looks took over our communities again. Many of our men,who used to like natural sistahs started going after the light skin & "good hair" types again...as in the music videos which also became DOWNRIGHT GROSS & NASTY... & now we have to start our pride journey all over again. Even tho I still believe everyday people are the most important influences, I am grateful for the everyday women who wear naturals ,& the rise of natural hair salons & natural hair products as well as folks like India Arie,Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg & others who currently wear naturals.On the male side,there's a brother at my gym who proudly sports a nice full 70's style afro complete with a pick in his back pocket. I just HAD to compliment him on his style ! Those were the days!
oh clueless me. so is a weave the same as a wig? would love to see tyra with some curls.
You're very welcome Margo, it's funny but Namaste is how I sign off my letters and notes too! Kismet I guess. I love being natural...I don't feel like I have to "check" myself to see if the rest of the world is buying my "assimilated" look! And I don't have to run for cover in the Rain!! If it gets wet...it gets wet and my day's not ruined. LOL!!! Let's keep it up and hope the world catches up with us!!! Be well, Namaste Elizabeth aka (Mujer Diferente)
Wow Elizabeth... You are spot on.. You make me feel so proud to be natural.. All that I think and can't express you so eloquently did. Thanks. -- Namaste ! Margo
So, Tyra’s going to “ go natural” for a couple of days. Big deal. She’s in the business of looking ‘assimilated”, so, I get the unnatural hair thing (for work). But, if she’s going to do this for real, then I’m expecting to see her only wearing the weave on a gig for a photo shoot, because she’s a model and gets paid to look the way the designer wants her to look. That being said, I think the next time we see her on the Red Carpet or on her way to a BIG event or, hitting the grocery store…I want to see her sporting a serious cap of naturally grown hair ala Alek Wek! Or even braided, like she does occasionally. If she does that, then I say kudos, Ms. Banks, NOW you’re making an impact. That to me, would mean she loves what God gave her and she’d be letting all the women and girls who idolize her know, that it’s okay for them to do the same. Loving, accepting and embracing your God given beauty is the ONLY true way to be “FIERCE”!! Maybe she can be the catalyst for a whole new fashion campaign… Cornrows and Couture, “Afros and Armani” …Curls and Kors! I look at the pictures of the women in Africa… from different tribes and the way they wear their hair… naturally. Sure they braid, bead, twist or even shave it down to peach fuzz or noting at all… but it’s still growing out of their own heads. They KNOW who they are, love who they are and it shows. That’s what we need to see here in our country and anywhere else for that matter where, course, thick, tightly curled, kinky, frizzy…healthy Natural hair is seen as unattractive or not “good”. Yes, everyone has the right to fly his or her “freak” flag however and whenever. I’m a mixed race (African-American, Puerto Rican, Dutch, Hawaiian) woman of color and my hair type is 3b. I wear it out and wild, pretty much all the time, I’m happy with it. Still, I meet a lot of black women who say I should relax it, or ask me if it’s my real hair. …telling me that I have “good” hair…that makes me so sad. I have never asked a white woman if her hair was real, I don’t think that happens terribly often. We ask eachother because we are under the impression that only one or two textures of hair is remotely acceptable and oh so very rare. So if you see one of us with it, then it’s probably fake. They treat it like hitting the lottery, as if anything else is ugly, shameful and in desperate need of change. Then to assimilate and PRETEND you were born that way....it sucks! Hiding straightening products, so nobody knows…(sigh) But I just hate that we have been conditioned to think that we’re only acceptably beautiful if our hair looks like Heidi Klum’s! I see how people look at them, people whose hair IS naturally like Heidi Klum’s. They smirk, giggle or look perplexed. I’m pretty sure they think that the ‘weaved”, “wigged” or process haired women think their “hair” looks…natural. It seems to me that we’re still “buying” what society is “selling”! Now, 25-30 years ago, I would have accepted that but… in this day and age, with all the access we have to the “outside” world…I would think we‘d have evolved to the point of uncovering our natural hair. We have taken our children and made them feel less than beautiful unless they have hair like Heidi Klum and Jennifer Aniston! I wish we could stop burning it with chemicals and smothering our scalps with natural and/or artificial hair, stop greasing it to within an inch of its life! Boycott society’s idea of what true beauty is and maybe then we’ll see more “Plaits and Prada” on the cover of Bazaar or Vogue. Now, let’s get Beyonce and Whitney, Janet, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Rhianna, Brandy and Kelly Rowland…oh hell, get anyone who’s chemically altering, “cooking” their hair or wearing wigs and weaves, to try and quit the fakery. Let’s see if they can be the pioneers in helping the rest of us love our hair! I want to see Leighton Meester running into a beauty shop to have her hair styled as close to an Afro as she possibly can…so she can pull off the latest “Alek Wek” look. (hah, that’ll be the day) When I see a woman thumping herself in the head to stop the itching from those ridiculous skullcap “pixie” wigs or over-the-top weaves, it breaks my heart. One of these days those thumps to the head may shake something loose and free them from feeling the need to try and look like something they’re not. Maybe it’ll free them into loving their own natural beauty! In the end I know that it’s not as “black and white” as I’m making it out to be and I know it takes more than just walking around with natural hair…a whole LOT more!! Still, ya gotta start somewhere.
Re: the industry seeing money in natural blackl hair care. That's all well & good but let's hope that if & when the big companies catch on to that market they don't put out of business or buy out companies like Kinky-curly,Qhemet Biologics,Carol's Daughter,CURLS, Ms Jessie's, Afroveda, Komaza, etc. We must continue to supposrt them. They are part of our community & produce excellent products. Tyra,Oprah & other celebs,as well as national magazines would do well to promote them also.
It is great that Tyra has decided to go natural. If the industry doesn't see the money in "Natural black hair care" they will not provide the products. They also will try to cheapen the products that we have now. If they can send a space ship to the Moon why can't we get more products to make our natural hair more manageable? Where I live there are no shops to buy or get your hair done. Why don't the schools teach this so that all salons offer this type of hair care?
Tyra Banks is such a phony its ridiculous. No matter what she does it will not be real.
I agree that in her Celebrity Lifestyle, that more is demanded of her (hair), especially being a model and tv personality. I hope that she will discover many beautiful styles to wear and that most of all the SHE will enjoy her natural curly hair and bond with it instead of hate it.
There is always a place to start. I think it is great for someone to just do it...but we will see. She is just taking the weave out...is it going to be natural? I find it interesting that weave is becoming the standard!!
Women everywhere should have the right to wear their hair any way they want,any time they want,& for as long as they want. People are making too much out of this Tyra hair issue. I bet ALL women celebs wear false hair at some point in their lives if for no other reason than convenience. I don't think people should expect celebrities to always send messages ,esp ones to young people. Celebs live in a different world than we do.We everyday people are the best equipped to send positive messages, so if you want a message sent, send it yourselves by rocking your own hair & teaching kids & other adults to love & appreciate their own natural hair as well as having the freedom of other styling options. That's what we do at my school, which BTW, is very multicultural with over 20 nationalities & languages. There are 4 natural teachers(locs,braids,twists & afros) at my school & I'll be #5 when my hair's in good condition again. There are also a large number of women on the streets wearing natural hair. Tyra being natural for a long time would be great,but she's not in our everyday world to have the influence we can have. If everyday people had kept up the natural hair pride we had in the 60's & 70's there would be no hair baggage & we wouldn't be having this discussion now.
I agree with MsPooh...I think going natural for an entire season would make a huge impact... definetely!!!
I agree with Alice_42...if Tyra Banks or any other celebrities really want to make an impact on the negative stereotypes concerning natural/"nappy" hair, one day weave-less isn't gonna cut it. I don't see how going "natural" for one day, then running right back to the weave as soon as the cameras stop rolling is going to help anyone see that they don't need to change themselves for the sake of fashion or fitting in. How about doing a whole season natural? How about going back to the runway natural? THAT would make an impact!
I think it's great because it will show teens adults and even children to not change their hair for the sake of fashion. It shows people that even Tyra admits to have unnatural hair but she is never afraid to show her true colors.

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