Tyra Beauty: New Mom Tyra Banks On Balancing Business And Baby
Albert Einstein once said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” To keep moving could mean that you don’t give up on your dreams. And not giving up is just what single people and couples do every year that can’t conceive on their own. Whether it’s adoption or surrogacy, want-to-be parents are making a way out of no way.
Many celebrities have also made the important decision to use a surrogate to bring a child into this world and Tyra Banks is one of them. Tyra and her partner Erik Asla welcomed their son York in January via a surrogate.
Her Instagram post read: “The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He’s got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world.”
In a recent interview with The Telegraph she describes motherhood as “weird, beautiful, exhilarating feeling,” and went on to say, “The most insulting thing is when people come to me with ideas but follow it up with, ‘oh but now you won’t have time, because you’re a mum.’ People don’t say that to his father. Let me make that decision for myself.”
Tyra said she had been talking about wanting children since 24 and would tell people close to her, “in the next three years, but after I while, I realized I couldn’t keep saying that. After a decade-and-a-half passed, it was time to really do it.”
And as for more kids she said: “After York was born, I was planning more children but it’s not so easy for me because I couldn’t carry my son, and I didn’t want to keep putting chemicals into my body. I might adopt one day – I’ve always wanted to adopt, actually.”
Tyra might be one busy mama but she definitely makes time to give back to the community. Tyra has been open in the past about her battles with body image and self-esteem so it makes sense that she started the The Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation that invests in the future of girls and young women. She started the TZONE camps in 1999 that were self-esteem building programs that addressed battling gender stereotypes, elevating body and beauty love, and creating a sisterhood of trust. Tyra talked about the unhealthy cycles that some of her girls would go through in an interview with PEOPLE.
“They go back in the crazy world of attacking, or looking in the mirror and not feeling good about themselves…so what I tell my girls is, health is important, and we need to get our shapes in shape – not looking like somebody else.”
The new mom, author, actress, model, producer and owner of her own beauty empire called Tyra Beauty also gave her two cents about balancing motherhood it all. “You can’t always be an amazing mum and an amazing business person at the same time – it’s a continuous struggle.”