Tyra Banks and her fierce Mama release ‘Perfect Is Boring’

Remember those days cuddled up on the sofa, cup of tea in hand while watching episodes of America’s Next Top Model every week and rooting for your favourite?

Most of all we remember Tyra, the strong confident woman who made up words like “smize” and who – on the most part – was fun and just a little bit crazy.

Well her new book, which was written along side her fierce mother Carolyn London, entitled ‘Perfect is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty and Being a Boss’ is a tell-all book including everything from Tyra’s most memorable TV moment to her first kiss and body confidence.

The pair “get raw, real and cray-in-a-good-way as they share what they’ve learned on Tyra’s journey from insecure pre-teen to supermodel and entrepreneurial powerhouse,” the book’s synopsis reads.

“Though she’ll be the first to tell you she is not her daughter’s best friend—‘cause she ain’t that kinda mama!—there’s no doubt that Carolyn’s signature mix of encouragement and tough love got Tyra to where she is today, and here they pay it forward to empower readers with a reminder that perfect really isn’t all that.”

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In the first chapter, Tyra and Carolyn talk about ANTM contestant Tiffany from Cycles three and four, which many of you may remember as Tyra’s most memorable “pep-talk” – BE QUIET TIFFANY!


Tyra talks about just how hesitant she was to air the footage. Right after filming she went straight to Mama who advised her to air the episode because it showed how much she really cared about the girls and it was a side of Tyra nobody had ever seen before. Chapter one is the first lesson in the 10 things her mother taught her.

The first lesson is fairly simple and it comes from how Mama chose to raise Tyra. Carolyn wanted Tyra to always see inner beauty and it’s something Tyra always took into consideration when choosing models for ANTM. For Tyra it was often substance over beauty, and her ‘BE QUIET TIFFANY!’ moment was simply Tyra looking at a girl she believed in who didn’t believe in herself.

If you want to know the other nine lessons that Tyra’s crazy, fierce Mama taught her then get reading or listening as it’s also available as an audio book where Tyra will read it to you herself!



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