Supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks has had a major career on the runway, but she doesn’t believe her three-year-old son will be joining her on the catwalk.
In a recent interview, Banks, 45, told reporters that her son, York, can pursue modeling if he wants to, but she’s not going to push it on him. She actually would prefer it if he had a different career. Banks agrees with the public that he has been blessed with modeling genes and even now can “smize” (smile with his eyes). If he does want to become a model, she said she will support him and “tell him to keep smizing.”
However, she explained that her son is very interested in science. He catches her off guard with questions such as, “What is symbiosis?” Then he tells her the differences between stalagmites and stalactites. Along with science, she has stated that her son is “really, really, smart” and knows colors and numbers in three different languages.
As for Banks’ career, she started modeling when she was 15 years old. She has walked the high fashion runway all over the world. She’s been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Elle, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Seventeen. While modeling for Victoria’s Secret, she became one of the highest-paid models in the world.
She helped create, host and judge America’s Next Top Model which spanned 24 seasons and countries around the world have made their own versions of it. She also hosted her talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, America’s Got Talent and has starred in a number of movies including Disney’s Life-Size and Coyote Ugly. Most recently, she has come out of modeling retirement and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated again.
Banks’ opposition to her son becoming a model could be explained by what she said in 2018 about a male model’s career in comparison to a female. She said, “They are our accessories. I have on earrings and some shoes, and I have a male model in the shot. You know, that’s kind of what the girls tend to joke about.” She’s not wrong. According to GQ, “The top 10 earning male models earned a combined total of $8 million last year, compared to the $83 million the top supermodels of the world acquired over the same year.” Banks has enough experience in the industry to understand the realities of the fashion world and relate them to her son.
After living a life in front of the cameras and constantly receiving harsh criticism, it only makes sense that Banks would want her son to live a more private life. Contrary to other celebrities, Banks has been cautious about revealing much about her son. She wants his privacy protected and doesn’t post much about him on social media. The world will just have to wait until little York gets older and decides for himself whether he’ll be on the cover of GQ or National Geographic.