Screengrab via Tyra Banks/Instagram

Tyra Banks shares flawless makeup-free selfie on Instagram



Myles Tanzer


Published Jun 18, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 1:24 pm CDT

Anyone who has seen a single episode of America’s Next Top Model knows that Tyra Banks is the one and only expert of beauty and fashion. She knows all. She’s a Harvard Business School grad. No one can do it better. So when Tyra tells you that you “deserve” to see the real her, you better open up your eyes—and smize. 

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Late last night, Tyra posted a no-makeup selfie to Instagram:

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As she explains in the caption, “I wanted to smooth out my dark circles so badly!!! But I was like, ‘Naw, Ty. Show ’em the REAL you.’”

In 2009, Banks famously showed her real hair on her talk show, Tyra.

And body positivity has always been a tenet of Tyra’s message. In 2009, she answered tabloid critics by telling them to kiss her “fat ass.” Legendary.

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But Banks is not the only celebrity, or woman for that matter, taking selfies with no makeup to make a point. Earlier this year, the #nomakeupselfie campaign managed to raise $8 million for cancer research. And of course, stars have always posed without any powder for great attention and praise. In March, Gwyneth Paltrow posted a casual morning selfie without anything on her face:

Believe in the power of Tyra.

Screengrab via Tyra Banks/Instagram

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*First Published: Jun 18, 2015, 1:32 pm CDT