Tyra Banks Goes Makeup-Free: ‘You Deserve to See the REAL Me’

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Supermodel Tyra Banks posted a makeup-free, unretouched photo on Instagram today. (Photo: Instagram)

Tyra Banks may have the world’s best glam teams and an arsenal of modeling tricks up her sleeve, but she’s always loved giving the world a reality check, whether it’s revealing her natural hair, or going completely makeup-free. Those fake #IWokeUpLikeThis images being posted on social media? Tyra isn’t having it.

Today, the 41-year-old supermodel posted an honest, unretouched selfie on Instagram just moments after rolling out of bed. Here’s how she captioned her makeup-free (and smize-free) image:

“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”

At press time the photo already received over 85,000 likes, proving her genuine approach resonates with fans.

Banks has her own makeup brand, TYRA Beauty, and as an industry veteran she knows how to change up her appearance for every occasion, but it’s her full transparency that’s so refreshing. On her cosmetics site, she writes: “You know how some women wake up looking all refreshed and don’t need any makeup? You know who I’m talking about: those ladies with naturally rosy cheeks and sky-high cheekbones. You’re probably thinking, 'Yeah, Tyra, like you! Well, guess what? I’m not one of them! I paint my pretty on!”

Clearly the America’s Next Top Model host knows what it takes to be on top: Honesty and a skill for makeup application.  

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