Tyra Banks shows her real hair but won’t discuss Janice Dickinson, Paulina Porizkova

In an interview that aired on Nightline last night, Tyra Banks talked openly about everything from the racism she experienced as a young model to her weight and hair. But she refused to talk about two past judges of America’s Next Top Model. Most recently, fired judge Paulina Porizkova criticized Tyra for her tardiness and lack of concern about others.

When ABC’s Cynthia McFadden told Tyra that the ex-judges “were not very nice about you,” that led to an amusing exchange, as Tyra’s off-camera publicist repeatedly told McFadden that Tyra “doesn’t want to go there.” And McFadden said, awesomely, “Well, I am going there. I am going to ask that question.” But Tyra would only repeat the question back while trying to not look annoyed and said, “I interview people, Cynthia,” as if she is now a model journalist, too.

McFadden also called Tyra on her Tyra-aggrandizing bullshit, like when Tyra insisted that her “kiss my fat ass” moment was not about criticism of her, but for her fans, whose self esteem was hurt by the criticism of Tyra (right). McFadden said, “Oh, come on. It had to have hurt your feelings a litle bit. Tyra pork chop? America’s next top waddle? I mean, come on. Anybody would be hurt.” Tyra said, “other things hurt me, not that,” but finally relented, saying, “Yes it hurt me, but I swear to you Cynthia, I did not cry.” She added later, “I have made it one of the missions of my life to redefine and to open up the small box of what beautiful it is.”

As to her actual hair, minus weaves and wigs, Tyra revealed it in a picture posted to Twitter and also on her talk show today, where she said “I felt like I needed to solve this mystery.”

Tyra said in the ABC interview that she did that because “young girls would come up to me and they would say, ‘Tyra you have the most beautiful hair, like I could never grow hair like that!’ And I would say ‘Child, this is a weave!’ I was like, ‘This ain’t my hair, young girls need to know,’ so now I’m always pulling layers off. … I’ve showed myself, I’ve showed my cellulite on my talk show, I’ve showed myself with no retouching, and I feel if I show the real raw me, the young girls at home will go, ‘Oh my god, my hair looks like that! My hair’s like Tyra’s and I’m OK, that means I’m OK.'”

Tale of Two Tyras: Ex-Model Explains Split TV Persona [ABC News]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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