Tyra Banks Reveals Her Real Hair



Tyra Banks has been promoting the hell out of The Tyra Banks Show's fifth season debut on The CW and her appearance on stage in her real hair. Entertainment Tonight has a preview of the highly anticipated reveal. After all the brouhaha, did it live up to the hype? Watch the clip after the jump.

 

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lame.

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Tyra is a beautiful, smart, successful and now, REAL woman. Boys will never understand the impact and reasoning behind her appearance in her real hair.

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Taa2,

You sound a bit sexist. I understand perfectly well about the issues practical and societal that surround hair for many African-Americans, women AND men. Of course African-American (descended) women with kinky to curly hair face more issues with their hair than their male counters. But, black men face similar issues.

Tyra showed her hair. Whoopee. But how did she show her hair? Wet and slicked back. She didn't show it dry to show how it looks untreated (as Oprah has). In the past, Tyra showed photos of her hair when she was a child. In its natural state, it was light brown and kinky.

When I heard about this stunt, I expected something more truthful, similar to her show last year when she featured young African-American descended children and their mothers. On that show, Tyra had children with different hair textures.

Had Tyra come out with her without extensions, not made up, and maybe as frizzy as her childhood picture, I would have found her reveal more candid and meaningful. Wet, slicked back straight hair with perfect makeup made Tyra look she stepped off a photo shoot. I would have loved to have seen Tyra sporting an Afro.

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An afro? This is not 1975, LOL. That would not have been cool. She was fine the was she was. People were more interested in seeing her real hair length, but I don't think anyone wanted to see her beedee bees.

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TmontyB,

Jesus! There is nothing wrong with an Afro! Don't you get it? Black men and women spend hundreds of millions of dollars on hair care products not just to look good but to alter a feature that they are told is wrong and not good enough.

Not too long ago, then Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was criticized by Right-wing radio pundit Neal Boortz for looking "like a ghetto slut." Why? Because McKinney decided to wear her hair natural. The horror!

http://bit.ly/SYukA

Similarly, Sasha Obama was the victim of disgusting smears from Right-wing freaks because she wore her hair naturally.

(http://www.afrobella.com/2009/07/15/malia-obama-when-can-a-kid-just-be-a...)

So, yeah, I would have been more impressed if Tyra had sported an Afro. I don't think having one's hair relaxed is wrong, etc. I do think that given the crushing bigotry against more natural, unprocessed hairstyles for African/black descended people, it takes a certain amount of guts to reject it.

Unfortunately, we lack the courage of 1975, black/mixed-folks women aren't able to have the same freedom to wear their hair naturally as they did 34 years ago. That's pretty sad. (Of course, it was also common for black women to be threatened with firing for not wearing their hair in an acceptable (read straightened) manner.)

This mentality extends beyond the U.S. to African/black descended communities throughout the Americas. Black descended women in the Dominican Republic make it a rite of passage to have their hair straightened at 15.

http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/afrolatin/part2/index.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/afrolatin/reaction/index.html

I would also point you to the New Yorker's lame attempt at humor with their infamous cover cartoon of Michelle Obama sporting an Angela Davis styled Afro: http://latimes.image2.trb.com/lanews/media/photo/2008-07/555-5555.jpg

Straight, curly, kinky? All hair styles are nice. But none is "better." They should all be appreciated equally.

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What the heck was that for?!

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I think it was an attempt for Tyra to show that she actually has some hair left under those expensive laced front wigs.

She should have come out with the hair already dry, and without makeup.

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take a breath josstheguy its not that deep.

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Josstheguy, I agree with Diallo41, it's just not that deep. I say no afro because it's beyond passe. I took a look at adorable Sasha in the link you posted and that's no afro. Those were twist and that's current. When I think afro I think Don Cornelius circa 1977 or Pam Grier in Foxy Brown. That just would not have been cute on Tyra. The point of Tyra's exercise was just to prove she has hair.

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TmontyB & Dialo,

Take your condescension and stick it where the sun don't shine.

If you bothered to read the article on Sasha Obama or Cynthia McKinney, you would understand that they were both attacked viciously for their not having typically white-looking straight hair.

You have your perspective and I have mine. I don't need you to tell me how I should perceive something that affects many people adversely. You have no right to tell me what or how much I should care about something.

Also, had you watched Tyra's show more you would know that last year, as I mentioned that Tyra featured on her show small black/biracial children (5 year olds) whose mothers forced them to relax their hair, exposing them needlessly to harsh chemicals and instilling a dislike of their natural hair. As Tyra pointed out herself, the children were being forced to alter their looks to accommodate their mothers' desire to assimilate into a European standard of beauty.

Moreover, Tyra has several done shows about internalized racism in which people hate attributes of themselves because they don't adhere to the dominant culture. (She's done the same for internalized homophobia and other examples of self-hatred.)

As for your repeated negative assertions about Afros from the 1970s, that's your warped view of history and internalized bias. Not mine. Afros come in all shapes, sizes, and textures. Again, I mentioned that Tyra had shown a picture of herself as a child with her natural, un-processed hair, which was light brown, kinky and in the
the Afro balls many young girls wear.

Kinky hair is beautiful, as is straight her, as is curly hair.

I happen to be African-American. I grew up listening to my female relatives talk about good hair and bad hair. I saw my female African-American friends teased by their white school mates. I saw the same girls cry and not want to go to school because of that bullying.

Therefore, when I heard that Tyra was going to show her real hair, I expected to see the unprocessed hair that Tyra showed in a picture of herself. That hair was an Afro.

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Josstheguy, all I can say is wow!! It's a shame you took my comments so personally. You've made this into a personal thing, which is completely uncalled for.

I happen to be biracial man (black mother/white father), so I personally know about the hair thing, except I got it from AA's for not being black enough (culturally I assimilate to being AA), so don't come at me with all that.

I wasn't being condescending at all. I was expressing an opinion as were you. We're talking about Tyra Banks here. Not some deep afrocentric sister. If you truly expected Tyra to come out in an afro, then your expectations were really high.

Again, sorry you're taking it so personally, but you should a take step back and realize we're all not the same and if you're going to talk about anyone being else not being condescending, you should start at home.

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This was a calculated counterpoint to Wendy Williams who is vocal about wearing wigs and hairpieces on air and in life designed to grab attention and seemingly distinguish Tyra's show from Wendy's which appeal to similar audiences (going so far as to have similar gimmicks).
Nothing more.
There is still a big portion of Middle America that had NO idea that all that wasn't Tyra's natural hair, so just seeing the actual length is enough of a "shock" to some.
Mission accomplished.

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I must admit: I liked her better when she was wearing all those weird wigs. She was original and posh. Now she's just.... common.

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