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Supermodel was bullied

September 18, 2012

Tyra Banks was bullied at school because she was so thin.


The supermodel says she grew three inches and lost 30lbs in the space of three months when she was 11, which left her a target for bullies.

The 38-year-old beauty said: “When I was 11 years old, I grew three inches and lost 30 pounds in three months. So I went from being a mean bully, cute little chubby little girl to shooting up, [weighing] 98 pounds and just looking sick and frail.

“I wasn’t sick, but people thought there was something wrong with me. I was the brunt of every joke, every bad thing. I hated my reflection in the mirror. I would try to stuff food down my throat to gain weight.”

And although Tyra has enjoyed a successful modelling career, she admits she still has some insecurities.

The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ host told the Huffington Post Live: “Even though I later gained weight and became a supermodel, that girl always lived inside of me and I know what that felt like.

“I start projecting images that I know make my 11-year-old self insecure.”—BANG Showbiz


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