Tyra Banks captioned this photo with “#BabyHair”. Source: Instagram.
At The Glow, we’re big fans of defining your own beauty, and it seems Tyra Banks agrees with us.
Tyra, who is the creator and host of America’s Next Top Model and one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels, challenged her Instagram followers this week on what is more “real”: a bare, blatantly makeup-free face, or a fully made-up, glamazon-with-lashes-on look. Her answer: both, bitches!
The makeup-free selfie has become a celebrity cliché, and Tyra did not disappoint yesterday. She uploaded a bare-faced, filter-free photo to Instagram, explaining her motivations in the caption thus: “You deserve to see the REAL me. The REALLY real me.”
Like many others, Tyra was tempted to retouch the photo. She wrote, “I wanted to smooth out my dark circles so badly!!! But I was like, ‘Naw, Ty. Show 'em the REAL you.’ So...here I am. Raw.”
The praise came immediately. One of Tyra’s followers wrote, “You've just given millions of girls and women the confidence that our pretence and artificial society steals from them. You are an inspiration and you expose a beauty that runs deeper than filters and make up! Thank you.”
And yet, the next day, Tyra turned all of this on its head with a new Instagram selfie, this time wearing a dramatic, smoky eye makeup look, with glossy lips and a subtle cheek contour.
Wait – we thought Tyra was showing us her “real” self, and now she’s uploaded a filtered, makeup-heavy photo? Will the real Tyra Banks please stand up?