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Supermodel was bullied

September 18, 2012

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

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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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