She may be a Emmy-winning talk show hostess, but this Monday night, former supermodel Tyra Banks will be taking a break from daytime for a guest appearance on The CW’s R-rated teen drama Gossip Girl.
The experience was a hair-raising one for Tyra, who went through a record six hair changes during filming for her guest spot back in August.
“The people at Gossip Girl tell me I set a Gossip Girl hair change record. I had SEVEN hair changes, every single scene you see is some new hair on my head,” Tyra tells PEOPLE.
This week’s Gossip features Tyra as the fictional Ursula Nyquist, an award-winning actress playing stage legend Josephine Baker in an Oscar-worthy movie about the French Resistance during World War II.
What we wouldn’t give to have been a fly on the wall backstage at last month’s Daytime Emmy Awards. Word on the Celebrity Snitch Circuit claims small screen headshrinker Dr. Phil McGraw had a cow when the Emmy gods snubbed his daytime series in favor of the celeb-studded hit hosted by former supermodel Tyra Banks.
Despite wife Robin’s attempts to console him, Phil was livid when The Tyra Banks Show edged for the Best Informative Talk Show prize, The National Enquirer reports in its Sept. 21 issue. “Dr. Phil was upset,” says an eyewitness, who was on hand for the self-help guru’s backstage meltdown. “He thought he was a shoo-in to win….It seems like his best days are behind him.” Read the rest of this entry »
“I wish I was more of a diva,” fashion-model-turned-TV-mogul Tyra Banks told ABC’s Nightline in an interview Tuesday. “I wish [I] was harder, I wish I didn’t care so much about being the nice girl all the time. Because a lot of the time people can take kindness for weakness … so I wish I had a little bit more ‘oomph’ in me.”
Tyra’s “diva” attitude has been blamed for a number of changes behind the judges’ table on her hit CW series, America’s Next Top Model. In recent years, former ANTM judges Janice Dickinson and Paulina Porizkova haven’t been shy about criticizing the model competition, but that not a topic Tyra’s willing to get into.
“I don’t know,” she told host Cynthia McFadden. “Why do you think?”
And another question Tyra doesn’t like to answer? The rumors about her romantic life.
“Oprah told me don’t talk about your man unless you want the whole world in your business,” Tyra remarked. “I said OK.”
Two-time Emmy-winning talk show host Tyra Banks kicked off the fifth season of her ratings winning daytime gabfest with a big reveal — her natural hair!!
On a day she declared National Real Hair Day, the former catwalk maven bravely ditched her famous lacefront wig and showed fans her God-given shoulder-length tresses for the first time. Free of all extensions, Tyra emerged onstage with wet hair, allowing audience members a bird’s eye view as her professional mane man styled her locks.