Tyra Banks—supermodel queen, business mogul, creator of America’s Next Top Model—has bared all her posing tips and secrets for beginner models way back in 2011.
This legendary supermodel has appeared on the covers of well-known magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Spanish Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue. She has walked in fashion shows for Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Herve Leger, Valentino, Fendi, Isaac Mizrahi, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors, and many others. Furthermore, she has also appeared in advertising campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Halston, H&M, XOXO, Swatch, Versace, Christian Lacroix, Victoria’s Secret, Got Milk?, Pepsi, and Nike.
Tyra Banks was one of only a few black models to achieve supermodel status in the 1990s. She was also the first woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and the first African American woman on the cover of GQ. In 1997, she received the VH1 award for Supermodel of the Year. That year, she was the first African American chosen for the cover of the Victoria’s Secret catalog.
Learn valuable posing tips from one of the historically significant models of this generation by going over the following.
Posing Tips from the One and Only Tyra Banks
Find your light. Finding “your light” isn’t literally about knowing where good lighting is. It’s about finding the angles that flatter you most and make you look super attractive in photos. When you find your light, you exude confidence and let your inner beauty shine through the camera.
Elongate your neck. “Don’t be a no-neck monster,” the supermodel popularly suggested. A no-neck monster is someone who poses for a photo with their neck disappearing due to their posture or pose or some other reason. Always elongate your neck when you’re posing for photos. When you push your chin forward, the jawline is extended and stronger lines will form. This pose looks natural on a photo, though it might feel unnatural for you.
Pose from H2T. “Do not be a limp noodle,” Tyra Banks says. Always pose with tension in your body completely from H2T, meaning, always model with tension from head to toe. While you’re at it, remember to do the booty tooch: pop out your posterior from the rest of your body to create the illusion of a curvier silhouette.
Mix it up. Do not play it safe and stay in the same pose. Mix it up with innovative poses. Your wildest pose could be the one that’s picked. For posing tips and ideas, check this article out.
Model through your hair and makeup. Do not let hating how your hair or makeup is done affect your performance. That’s not part of your job anymore. Model through your preferences.
Smize. How does one master the art of smizing when one isn’t Tyra Banks? To smize, Tyra Banks says you’ll need to squint using only your minute eye muscles, relax your eyebrows and your lips, and pretend a string is pulling your face from above. Otherwise, inhale a breath of air when the camera clicks to give yourself a candid look. Easier said than done, but we’ll get there!
Do not slouch. On the runway, in real life, and in photos, slouching is a complete no-no for models. It makes you look shorter and your clothes appear baggier. So here’s a tip from Queen Ty: Imagine there’s a wire in your spine pulling you all the way up to the ceiling. Otherwise, stand back against a wall and stay there.
Request your favorite music. Don’t be hesitant to request to have your favorite music playing when you’re on a shoot! Or bring your own Bluetooth speaker. The beat will kick your poses up 10 notches. If you can put a rhythm and attitude in your poses, your photos will come to life and exude a fantastic supermodel energy.
Working with flaws
Hands on hips for a smaller waist. This is because putting your hands on your hips creates a background through your arms, which will make your waist appear smaller.
Chin up for a smaller forehead. “I am always telling the girls on ANTM to chin up!” the supermodel says. Not only will it make a large forehead look smaller, it will also elongate the neck.
Tip toes for bigger calves. For models with cankles or stick-thin calves, standing on the tip of your toes instead of standing flat on your feet will make your calf muscles appear bigger because they are working harder to keep you up.
Knees in for slimmer hips. Turning your knees in will make your hips appear slimmer. This will also give you a space between your thighs, popularly known as a thigh gap, which is something that most women don’t have and most covet.
Leaning forward for a smaller bust. Hunch your back and bring your navel into your spine. This creates a slight lean forward, an illusion that will make your bust look smaller.
Emphasizing shoulders for narrower hips. Try turning your body to the side and turn your shoulders toward the camera. The emphasis on your shoulders will narrow your hips.
We hope you’re a lot more excited now. Have fun!Valuable Posing Tips from None Other than the Supermodel Tyra Banks Herself by George