Stars get quirky with Valli at the AMAs

(10 Oct 2018) At the American Music Awards, Rita Ora and Dua Lipa explain why they chose to wear Giambattista Valli; other stars including Amber Heard, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Hudgens and K-pop sensation NCT127 walk the red carpet. (Oct. 10)

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How To Ask For A Raise, According To Tyra Banks

In “America’s Next Top Model,” Tyra Banks’s memorable catchphrase is “you wanna be on top?” The only way Tyra Banks was able to establish a media empire out of a modeling career was by asking herself this question. 

There are many questions one can ask during every stage in a career. “How can I ask for a raise?”; “Should I just completely change my career?”; or “How do I start my own app?”

Tyra Banks found the answers to all of these questions and featured them in her book, co-authored with her mother Carolyn London, “Perfect is Boring.”

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Following is a transcript of the video:

Tyra Banks: Sometimes you have to size step, step backwards, do so many things in order to get the quan, the thing. The thing that you desire so much.

How to ask for a raise.

Here’s a big Tyra tip in how to ask for a raise. First I’m gonna tell you what not to do. Do not go to your boss or employer and say, “I can’t pay my bills, I need to do this for my kid. I just need this because I just need to shop more. I can’t pay my car payment.” It is not your employer’s interest, their personal interest to actually really truly care for that, and it’s not necessarily gonna make them open up the pockets of that company to pay you for that.

You need to sit there and talk about your value. Talk about what you have done that has increased revenues, increased engagement, or how you’ve been working from nine to nine, even though you are only supposed to be working from nine to six. And that you are a salaried employee, so it’s not like you’re getting more money. And based on your input, into that company, and based on the metrics and the things that have happened because of the things that you were doing, that’s why you deserve the raise. You don’t need a raise, deserve a raise.

Persistence is crucial.

Persistence is crucial. You have a goal, you have a dream, you have a desire. You see that thing over there and you want it so bad. It is so important to keep on keeping on, especially when you feel like crap and you feel like nothing that you are doing is getting you there. But one thing that my mother told me is, it’s not always about going through the front door. So the dream, it’s right on the other side of that front door, there’s other entrances to get inside of that house which represents your dream, your goal, your desire. So figure out that way. And what that means is the path is not always straight.

I talk about this a lot. About pivoting, moving on to the next thing. You have to have the nose of like a bloodhound. And know when something feels like it could go stale. Being one step ahead. Or, you know what, I used to love this job and then I used to like it, and now I kinda tolerate it. And it’s not necessarily just like, “oop screw this. I’m outta here.” And then you can’t pay your rent. Sometimes it’s about transitioning and doing it smoothly.

Leave at the top with respect, even if you hate that damn job, you don’t wanna burn bridges. Get into that next job, still be able to pay your rent and don’t piss off your boss because you never know when you’re gonna need that recommendation.

Wanna be on top?

If you have an idea, if you wanna be an entrepreneur and you just have no way in, you don’t have access to capital to, you know, to make this dream come true, I say, work for companies that have a similar mission product, service that you wish to create. Learn their secrets, learn what makes them tick. And then take that and tweak it. And make it your own. The more knowledge that you have, the more power you have. When you need to sit down in front of a VC or private equity and say, “I need some money to make this dream come true.”

And in my career, I have wanted so much but it’s not always about this. Sometimes you gotta, it’s like a dance. Back, back, side, side, back, dip and attic. And side door, and window, and cellar, and cellar. Get it?

How Tyra Banks Built An Empire After Being Called “Too Big”

Tyra Banks and her mother Carolyn London outline the difficult journey to success in their book Perfect is Boring. At the height of Tyra Banks’ high fashion career, she was called “too big” by designers during Milan Fashion Week. In response to this criticism, Tyra questioned her body and how she could change it to adhere to the industry’s rigid standards. Her mother had a different plan and instead took her daughter out to pizza.

Tyra and her mother, who at the time was acting as her manager, decide to leave high fashion and pursue mainstream brands. Several years later, Tyra Banks has established an empire from being the first Black covergirl on Sports Illustrated, the first Black Victoria’s Secret Angel, to creating America’s Next Top Model. There is still more yet to come from Tyra Banks.

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Following is a transcript of the video:

Tyra Banks – I’ve been told that my butt was so big and just not marketable anymore. She gave me the tools, and the self esteem, and the self love, and the strategy to get around all of that hardship.

The fashion industry is a dog-eat-dog, very difficult world where you’re broken down from your head to your toe, constantly told that you’re not good enough, waitin’ for the phone to ring.

When I was a very young model, and at the height of my high fashion career, high fashion meaning Chanel and Dior and Armani and all the wonderful high fashion designers in the world, I was told one season that I wasn’t good enough. They said your daughter is too big, her butt is getting too big, and you need to go tell her to lose some weight. This happened in Milan, Italy. So my mom came to me and she showed me the list of eight designers that did not want to hire me anymore. And I started crying and I was like, mom, okay, what do I do? Should I diet? Should I work out twice a day? Should I just have salads for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? And my mom said, “You know what we’re gonna do?”

Carolyn London – We gonna go get some pizza. And we’re gonna come up with a plan.

Tyra Banks – Over a big, juicy, wonderful pizza with lots of cheese and sauce, we made a plan. There was a butcher paper on top of that table and she put a pen in my hand and she said, “You write down every client that likes ass. Your ass, because it’s growing and there’s nothing wrong with that. And I’ll be damned if my baby starves for this industry.” I was like, eatin’ the pizza like. Likes ass? Okay, um … Victoria’s Secret?

Carolyn London – And I said write it down.

Tyra Banks – And then she was like, okay now, who has an ass? And I was like, Cindy Crawford?

Carolyn London – Write it down.

Tyra Banks – So I wrote that down and other models that had curves. And my mother said, “Those are the careers that you need to look at and figure out how you can implement some of those strategies, and those are the clients that you are gonna call to see if they will hire you. Goodbye high fashion, hello girl next door.”

Cut to me, you know, being the first black woman on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and doing that twice, back-to-back. Me being the first black Victoria Secret Angel. One of the original Angels in fact. Me being the first black woman on the cover of the Victoria’s Secret catalog, the first black woman to have a Victoria’s Secret contract, the first black model to wear the Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra, and I did that twice.

Tyra Banks – Most of the time the road, we all know this, the road to success, no matter what the story says on Business Insider, people are like, oh yeah, I made it and I … Honey. My mother was super instrumental in so many aspects of my career. You know, my mom was fearless and she was creating an empire, not just saying be on this cover or work this runway. I had her there. She was my rock, my mother was there.

And it all started on a pizza butcher paper in Milan, Italy with my mama sayin’,

Tyra Banks and Carolyn London – Write it down.

Tyra Banks hands baton to Danielle Herrington

Diversity, inclusion, and MeToo discussed by models including Tyra Banks, Kate Upton and Ashley Graham at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue launch party in New York. (Feb. 15)

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