For those who may have been speculating over the years, Tyra Banks recently admitted that early on in her modeling career, she did have undergo a nose job. She’s also admitting that she cares not one bit what people think about that. The 44-year-old businesswoman and beauty has written a memoir with her mother called Perfect Is Boring, and in it, according to PEOPLE, she gets real about her issues with the way women judge one another for choosing to go to certain lengths to feel comfortable in their own skin.
“Natural beauty is unfair,” she said. “I get really uncomfortable when women who are these natural beauties judge anybody who does anything to themselves.”
Banks says in the book that she decided to have work done on her nose as her career was beginning not because other people pushed her, but because she was uncomfortable and wanted a change.
“I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching,” she said. “I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”
The points Banks makes in her memoir are that we need to encourage one another to do what feels best for us, as opposed to shaming those who don’t do what we do. For instance, while it’s noble to want to hit the streets doing the whole Alicia Keys, no makeup thing, if you want a beat face at all times, that’s ok, too.
“We place a lot of emphasis on that. As a model, I needed makeup,” she said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It leveled my playing field. Gisele, you don’t need it? I do! And we’re both modeling for Victoria’s Secret.”
As she says, not everyone is on the same level in terms of their self-esteem, so whatever one chooses to do to look and feel their best, Tyra is for it. She just wants people to have a more honest and positive conversation about beauty.
“If you like your natural self, don’t worry about it,” she said. “But if you feel insecure about something … I have a magic bag of beauty tricks to make you who you want to be. Permanent or temporary, I do not judge that.”
“Fix it or flaunt it — I think women should be able to do both, Banks added. “There is a boundary line, either you’re super natural or you live at the plastic surgeon. It’s okay to hop back and forth over that line. You want a hair weave? Fine. You want permanent eyebrows? Fine. We as women need to stop judging.”