Tyra Banks is a modeling superstar who has always been famous not only for her impeccable style, but also for her courageous honesty.
On Monday, September 10, the model posted an image of herself on Instagram showing off her natural hair alongside the caption:
"Me...because sometimes the wigs and weaves need a vacation."
Fans described her hair as "beautiful" and "gorgeous."
Banks had previously teased an image of her natural hair in July, saying to her followers:
"Some people might not like to see me in my natural hair and face, but this is as real as it gets. I want you to post your au natural look, and don't be scared to tag me! I just may show your raw pic some love!"
In an April interview with W Magazine, Banks spoke of the difficulties she faced while trying to break into the modeling industry as a woman of color.
Her natural hair was something her fellow professionals were ill-equipped to handle.
"I had to figure out how to make sure I looked good at work, because I almost lost my opportunity at Victoria's Secret. I was sent home the first day because the hairdresser didn't know what to do with my African American hair, so it looked crazy."
Banks's Instagram fans could not be more supportive of Tyra's look.
Though Banks is glad to see the industry become more inclusive since she became one of its staples, she also knows there is still a long way to go.
"I see such diversity in girls that are very known, from Jourdan Dunn to Joan Smalls to Duckie Thot to a lot of girls whose names I don't even know but I just follow on Instagram. But there's still a long way to go, particularly on the runway."
She is right—there are still many steps to be made when it comes to inclusion in the modeling industry, but it seems Tyra is helping her field along by normalizing pictures of her natural hair.
And it would seem the pictures have been an overwhelming success.
Thank you for your wisdom and honesty, Tyra!