Tyra Banks went makeup free to show the world that she doesn’t need airbrushing or filters to look great, but the apparently empowering message drew the opposite reaction instead.
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and America’s Next Top Model judge posted a photo on Instagram of herself wearing no makeup, saying she wanted to give fans a glimpse at “the really real me.”
In the message Tyra also called out people who are afraid to show the world what they are really like.
“You know how people say #nofilter but you know there’s a freakin’ filter on their pic? Or maybe there’s a smidge of retouching going on but they’re lying and saying it’s all raw & real? Well, this morn, I decided to give you a taste of the really real me. I wanted to smooth out my dark circles so badly!!! But I was like, ‘Naw, Ty. Show ’em the REAL you.’ So…here I am. Raw. And there YOU are…looking at me, studying this picture. Maybe you’re thinking, ‘Whoa, she looks ROUGH.’ And if you are, great! You deserve to see the REAL me. The REALLY real me. #RawAndReal”
While she may have been aiming for a message of empowerment, the no makeup photo has actually led to some bullying for Tyra Banks. Many took the au naturel photo as a chance to mock Tyra, with some interesting comparisons being drawn on Twitter.
— BAGELBOY (@TrvpLyf) June 18, 2015
Tyra Banks without makeup, bruh 💀 pic.twitter.com/u988QcGqv1
— Bruno (@BrunoPosts) June 18, 2015
Tyra has been open in the past about self-image, saying that she wants girls and women to feel great about themselves rather than fixated on appearances.
Banks told People magazine continued, “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 no makeup photo also seemed to have the opposite effect that Tyra Banks intended. While she aimed to show women that appearances aren’t everything, the reaction ended up being entirely about her appearance.
Not all of the reaction was negative, however. Many praised Tyra Banks for the no makeup photo and for being willing to make herself vulnerable by posting a real picture, especially after coming from an industry in which image is so important.
[Image via Instagram]