Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Jessica Grose
Slate (2 June 2010)

“The last Tyra Banks Show aired on Friday. The syndicated talk-show finale was oddly muted, given the former supermodel’s penchant for theatrics. On earlier seasons of the show, Tyra has shouted “Kiss my fat ass!” to the tabloids that mocked a photograph of her in an unflattering bathing suit, worn a fat costume to experience discrimination against the obese firsthand, and asked Hillary Clinton about her cellulite. This time, she showed some highlights and told viewers about her plans for the future, which include writing a series of fantasy novels about models with superpowers called Modelland and producing scripted TV shows with her production company, called Bankable. About her post-talk-show strategy, Tyra said during Tuesday’s episode, “Television is a-changing, so you know what? I’m changing with it.”“

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