Before Tyra Banks wraps her talk show later this year, the supermodel has announced yet another effort to expand the definition of beauty.
The newly svelte Banks, who has already cleared space on the runway for petite and plus-size women competing on "America's Next Top Model," has announced a modeling competition for curvy teens.
Tyra's "Fiercely Real Teen Model" search is open to "curvylicious" girls age 13 to 19, who distinguish themselves with a little extra padding. To qualify, they must wear between a size 12 and size 20 and stand between 5'9" and 6'1".
To keep it real, Banks is asking applicants to strip down to leggings and tank tops for the entry photos to show their true selves. Luckily, she gives you all the tips for mastering your pose in the above video.
Up for this full-figured beauty challenge? Just make sure you have the confidence to, as Tyra puts it, "work the camera, strut your stuff and smile with your eyes!" It is a modeling competition, after all, and ANTM fans all know how Banks fixates on that runway walk.
The winner is being promised a one year contract with the Wilhemina modeling agency, a photo shoot for Tyra's, Magaline, shot by the host herself, a cover shot with Banks for the online magazine, as well as a spread in a major print magazine (which has yet to be named).
Banks' latest search comes just months after the model celebrated a 30-pound weight-loss on her talk show. She had gradually packed on the pounds noshing on favorites such as full fat ice cream and ribs as her career transitioned from cover girl to host, producer and business women.
Although she declared herself comfortable with her larger 161-pound body on a People magazine cover three years ago, she told viewers of her CW network talk show last year that she tweaked her diet and began to workout more because she began to feel sluggish as her life became more hectic.
While Tyra's new weight certainly puts her back in the ranks of model slender, we can't fault a trim woman for continuing to preach big ideals on body acceptance.
Details on the contest are available at Tyra.com
Not all "Top Model" judges are as generous as Banks when it comes to plus-sized pretties. Read what one judge on the Australian version of the reality show had to say about fuller models.