Tyra Banks' First-Ever Plus-Sized Teen Model Competition

ETonline, Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 9:47am (PST)

Teens between the ages of 13 and 19 come on down! Tyra Banks is holding the first plus-size teen model competition.

"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 & OUT," Tyra said on her show today when she announced the contest. "Today, I'm announcing my FIRST EVER plus-size teen model competition, which I'm calling the 'Fiercely Real Teen Model Search'; plus-size tends to have a negative connotation and I want young girls to realize that what's considered plus-size 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."

In addition to the age requirements, the model wannabes have to wear between a size 12-20 and be between 5-feet 9-inches tall and 6-feet 1-inch.

The winner will receive a one-year modeling contract with Wilhelmina, a fashion spread on Tyra's Magaline (shot by Tyra), a cover photo with Tyra on Tyra's Magaline, and a spread in a major fashion magazine.

The finalists will be announced on Tuesday, March 2 on "The Tyra Show," with the top plus-size model being crowned the following day.

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