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Tyra Banks Reveals That She Got a Nose Job Early In Her Career

“I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”


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After long-simmering speculation that Tyra Banks, one of the undisputed queens of the supermodel era, was on the receiving end of some facial cosmetic surgery early in her career, Banks has revealed that the rumors are indeed true. However, those hoping for a teary-eyed confessional à la America’s Next Top Model have no understanding of Banks at all—she’s proud to admit how so-called “natural beauty” doesn’t affect everyone in the modeling industry, and she felt far more confident after she got a nose job.

“Natural beauty is unfair. I get really uncomfortable when women who are these natural beauties judge anybody who does anything to themselves,” Banks told People in a new interview. “I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching. I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”

Now that she’s in her mid-40s, Banks also hopes to incite more meaningful conversation surrounding the modeling industry, such as how the “no-makeup” look is a whole load of BS. “We place a lot of emphasis on that,” she explained to People about the topic. “As a model, I needed makeup. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It leveled my playing field. ‘Gisele, you don’t need it?’ I do! And we’re both modeling for Victoria’s Secret.”

Besides, she wants to make sure that young women do whatever the hell they want when it comes to their appearance, anyway: “If you feel insecure about something … I have a magic bag of beauty tricks to make you who you want to be. Permanent or temporary, I do not judge that. We as women need to stop judging.”

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Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Kaia Gerber at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Kaia Gerber at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Behind the scenes at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

Joan Smalls on the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

On the runway at the Tom Ford Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Thursday, February 8th. Photo by Mich Cardin for W Magazine.

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