SMH… Not Cool
Currently on a book tour, Tyra Banks is promoting her new book “Modelland”. Juggling school, her company and book deadlines, Tyra some hairs during this process, literally. According to an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Tyra suffered from alopecia while preparing her book:
What was the writing process like?
In the beginning it was me trying to fit it in. I was staying in Lake Como shooting “Top Model” and I was working on it in the off days. It was a passion, so the discipline wasn’t hard. It was finding the time that was hard, and that was stressing me out and I felt the product was suffering. Because my outline was so robust—40 pages long—they thought I could do it faster. My chapters are between 11 and 15 pages, and I could never finish one in one day.
Did you make any time to relax?
Honestly, chilling for me was eating a meal. I couldn’t just look at the ocean. And in hindsight that wasn’t healthy. How can I say this without tearing up? I got a little alopecia from the stress.
What are the most important things you’ve learned at Harvard?
Trade-off. Professors explained to me that focus is great. Being the biggest and having your foot in a bunch of things is not necessarily the best thing. So I came back and focused the message of my company. Harvard said to wait two weeks before you tell your staff, but I couldn’t wait. I said, “If it’s not about expanding the definition of beauty and making women feel physically and emotionally better about themselves, then we’re not doing it.” We put away ideas to produce food. I’ve been approached to do real estate with homes geared toward first-time women buyers, spas, all kind of stuff, and we put those ideas away, too.
How have you enjoyed your book tour?
A professor of mine said he thought my tour was like a revival. He thought that it’s rare to see that kind of connection and engagement with the young girls and gay boys. At the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, a 13-year-old girl was talking about how big her forehead is. I told her she had a big forehead like me, but I love it and it’s beautiful. I said, “Yeah you’re insecure about it, but there’s something about it that you’re wearing with pride because your hair is slicked back in a bun.” And she cried in my arms.
Sounds like Tony Robbins
That’s what my finance guy at my company said: “You’re teen Tony Robbins.” He just said that!