Tyra Banks is on the most recent issue of ARISE, Africa’s Global Style & Culture Magazine, getting “Down to Business” and looking subtly fierce as only she can. Tyra was photographed in New York by Seiji Fujimori and styled by Ty-ron Mayes and Sabrina Henry. She chatted with the magazine about her awkward teenage years, making it as a black model in an industry dominated by white women, and more.
“WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORK!” Bertrando3 posted (is anyone else now hearing echoes of Ru Paul's "Supermodel (You Better Work)" in their head?). He continued, “But I have to say that they made her look like Beyoncé. She looks fierce, that's obvious but the hairstyle and pose made me feel that she looked more like a performer than herself here. I'll buy this without a doubt.”
“She does look like Beyoncé in ‘Single Ladies,’” TeeVanity agreed. But it’s not like that’s a bad thing, right?
Even IsabelMarantBoy, who is not a Tyra fan, begrudgingly praised the cover. “I really don't want to like it because it's Tyra (cause she kinda scares me) but I can't help but like it,” he confessed. “She just looks cool and not like she's trying to be corny and smiley like I was expecting when I saw her name on the thread.”
Tyra’s not the only worthwhile reason to pick up this issue of ARISE. The magazine put together their first-ever ARISE 100 list of “100 amazing women who are changing the face of Africa in business, sport, fashion, politics and activism. From model/campaigner Waris Dirie to courageous journalist Serkalem Fasil, and South African actress Charlize Theron to Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the ICC, each and every one is doing their bit to change perceptions in and of Africa through their tireless and inspiring work.” If they aren’t more role model-worthy in the Girl Power department than anyone since the Spice Girls popularized the term, I don’t know who is.
Images: Arise Magazine