Muffin Tops And Corsets: Tyra Banks' Style Tips

01/31/2007 at 05:00 PM ET

After 17 years in the fashion business and dealing with her 30 pound weight gain, this week’s PEOPLE cover subject Tyra Banks has figured out a few key ways to stay looking good. Here are Tyra’s top tips:

1. Give up Super Low-Rise Jeans. “This whole low jeans thing is not a good look,” Banks says. “Even the smaller girls are going to have a muffin top. I recommend a higher jean and darker colors.”

2. Spanx Your Booty. “I’ve got dimples in my booty. There’s nothing wrong with Spanx or control tops. And if you can handle it, there’s nothing better than a corset. Find someone who can lace it up for you, it pushes everything down and up.”

3. A Cinch in a Snatch. “That’s what my stylist Yaniece and I call being locked into the cinched belt. My breasts are getting bigger so if I get loose clothing, it looks too unshapely. You ask ‘Where’s the body?’ Even when it’s out of fashion, wear it!”

4. Let Your Personality Shine, Not Your Clothes. “Women, don’t wear anything shiny or satiny. Those kinds of materials catch the light and makes [you] look bigger.”

Click here to read more about Tyra, her PEOPLE cover story and to see readers’ comments.

Photo: James Murphy/loud & clear media

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KT fr Cda on

Tyra is a beautiful woman. I think she always will be no matter how much she weighs. Good for her for comfronting the media. This weight issue has got to go. It is causing too many young girls to die b/c they want to be so thin. This has got to stop.

Kimq on

Tyra is GORGEOUS!!
So what she gained 30 lbs…it’s not like she is deathly skinny like Nicole Ritchie.
Ms. Bootilicious Banks IS what a model whould be…and a wonderful role model for women everywhere. If I wanted to look like any model- I’d want her dimpely butt and big boobs anyday!!
Keep working it Tyra..through 30+ lbs. We still love you!!

Elda on

When I was younger I could eat anything now that i’m older i have to watch my weight, etc.!! I admire woman like Tara because she makes me feel normal!!

astoreri on

Tyra looks great, I wish I could look that good in the 160’s! You know what would make me really happy? To see a women of that size win america’s next top model.

But what is up with her hair??? She needs to cut it and ditch that harsh centre part. And the colour makes her look like she is going grey and it completely washes her out. She needs to go shorter and darker!!!

Axelle on

Tyra is pretty, with an outstanding personality. However i must say that i do not reaaly like this hair color on her. It makes her look aged, washed out and takes away from her beauty, guys i’m sure you all will agree with me. I prefered her previous hair color. I hope that she changes it at least for spring. Much love miss Banks!

jaime on

Tyra is so cool She Doesn’t care if she gains some weight and she is a good role model and she looks pretty no matter what

Angie on

I’m not into her hair color it makes her look old,and her eyebrow color is bad to, but she is beutiful, and I dont think she is fat.

Dawn on

I Love Trya looks like a real woman. Thank you not all women or young girls can be a size 4 and shouldn’t feel like they need be.

Dodie on

She looks kinda like Jane Seymour in this picture, especially through the eyes. She definitely beautiful. I don’t think the hair color makes her look older at all.

Jenna on

The hair and eyebrows are awful. She looks so old!

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