Tyra Banks on Larry King Live


King: All right. You kicked off season five of your talk show by revealing your real hair.

Banks: Let’s talk about my hair right now.

I know it’s been a big mystery. And I was like it was an unsolved mystery, and I felt like I needed to solve this mystery.

Like I’ve worn weaves and wigs and pieces and clip-ons and clip-outs and clip-downs and around since I was 17, 18, and I wanted to show the real me. I wanted to show the raw me, and I just got out of the shower — beat the face first of course, you all — and then came out of here — on this stage, and this is me, you all. This is me.

King: How did that feel?

Banks: Oh my God, it felt so liberating. It felt so liberating. I have worn fake hair since I was 17 years old.

King: This — is this real?

Banks: Yes. This is me. You want to feel my scalp?

King: Yes.

Banks: Yes? It’s a little kinky in the scalp. That’s like real black girl hair.

But — go — go in there. Yes. That’s — yes. It’s kinky. Exactly.

My natural hair texture is very kinky. You felt my real hair texture. This is straightened. This part is straightened. This part is not, inside.

But, I mean, hair for black women, we spend $9 billion a year on hair products — black women do. So growing up as a young girl and seeing images in the media where they’re saying that a certain type of hair is beautiful and yours isn’t is very difficult for a black woman — for black women and it’s a — it’s a long, political thing that we can do a whole show about.

But I felt it was my responsibility to show as much of my real hair as possible.


5 responses to “Tyra Banks on Larry King Live

  1. Please take a moment to check out my documentary film BLACK HAIR

    It is free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.

    It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..

    The current situation makes it hard to believe that Madame C.J. Walker once ran the whole thing.

    I am not a hater, I am a motivator.

    Plus I am a White guy who stumbled upon this, and felt it was so wrong I had to make a film about it.

    self-funded film, made from the heart.

    Can it be taken back?


  2. Tyra…girlfriend, get a grip. I use to LOVE you…appreciate you…but after your little stint on LK and you saying…”this is where we are RIGHT NOW, on racism”…you are the same as the rest screaming RACISM as part of your “problem”. Give me a friggin’ break. You are one of the more stupid women I have EVER heard now. You have a talk show…along with a lot of your friends…black or WHITE. Tell me….please…where is the show of WHITE entertainment Television..Miss WHITE America, Miss WHITE USA. Miss WHITE achever of the year, and ON and ON and ON. Think again baby doll… you just pissed me off. And guess what…, I’m BLACK.

  3. Achiever….sorry. This has me very fired up, and fed up.

  4. Tyra, I love how you carry yourself and I am not afarid to talk with you and I am not over confident just sure of myself. I would love to spen an evening with you. By the way you are looking lovely as always on Larry King Live.

  5. Class of 91 Grenada High

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