VIDEO: Strike a Pose to Win Tyra's First Fiercely Real Teen Model Search

01/25/2010 at 06:01 PM ET

Today, Tyra Banks announced her newest challenge to the modeling market: her first-ever plus-sized modeling competition for teens. Dubbed Tyra’s Fiercely Real Teen Model Search, the contest will hunt for curvy catwalk contenders aged 13-19 and between 5′ 9″ and 6′ 1″. So why tackle this ignored segment of the fashion market now? “I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty; through America’s Next Top Model, True Beauty and The Tyra Show I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both inside and out,” she explains of the decision. “Plus-sized tends to have a negative connotation and I want young girls to realize that what’s considered plus-sized is the average American woman. That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful. Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman’s life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out.” Think you might have what it takes to conquer the catwalk and earn a one-year contract with Wilhelmina, magazine cover and more? Click over to to learn how to enter — and learn more from the supermodel herself on how to pose for your audition only at!

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Genesis on

Beauty comes in different height as well so it’s like you are contradicting your opinion about beauty. I love you tons Tyra, but I believe that there shouldn’t be a height requirement in agencies and for this contest!

From Genesis , a 5’5 petite model.

Courtney on

yeah i dont get the height either

anna on

Look i know tyra is amazing in lots of ways but she just rubs me the wrong way! I kind of wish she would get her a$$ out of the public eye (like thats going to happen)

ash on

Tyra did a show for girls under 5’8 last season she gives every body type a chance on ANTM.

Larissa on

I don’t understand why she does this. She always chooses to do one thing she doesn’t make a show for everything such as height and weight. Why can’t she make a show for teens that are both plus size and petite and who are at any height.

Rebecca Coyle on

TYRA ROCKS!!! This has me psyched and submitting now…So nice to see a contest for ME for once! Thanks,Tyra!!

Trish on

I like Banks. I realize she can be a little over the top sometimes, but I think her heart is in the right place.

ModelFierce on

I just dont agree with the height! I mean, so many girls awere looking forward to finally having a modeling competition for them when she announced it on the show. But now, it’s. Just crazy that so many of those girls are let down because they might not be tall enough! This competition says that you dont have to be a skinny little thing to live your modeling dreams! Well, where in the book does it say that you have to be tall either?!?!

A on

It’s Tyra’s gig, she can run it as she sees fit.

Jackie on

Tyra, I am Jackie and I love to model and want to be in this contest so bad but I am like 5’0 and I want to enter so bad so do you think you can lower the height limit because I love to model and I think I can win this with no probelms so please consider my request and thank you, and have a good day.
Yours truley, Jackie

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