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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Shannon on

I think more celebrities should divulge their weight. I no longer feel like jumping off a bridge because I don’t feel like I fit in because I am not a stick! Tyra, and Oprah, have both done so much to make women feel comfortable with who they are, and not worry about who they aren’t.

What I don’t understand is why there are so many negative comments on here. You people are no different than the press. If you don’t have anything nice to say, why say it? Let’s stick with the positive.

Judith on

Tyra, I commend you for standing up for yourself to the media… I personally think you have never looked better. It is a shame that for decades their has been such an emphesis on women and their weight! Leave us alone! Back in the days it was all about the velouptous women and they did’t wear a size 2/6 and they were beautiful… I also appreciate that Tyra has decided to bring in some curvy young women into ANTM this season. It is about time, the industry decided to allow some curvy gals a chance!
I have watched young women go thru changes to become thin or stay thin and it is devasting. The pills, bindging that lead to eating disorders, anorixia, and in some cases death! I believe there is something very wrong going on in a world when women are being programed to think that being thin is more important than dieing…

Sharon on

Way to go Tyra! Most women in this counrty aren’t beanpoles. Tyra looks healthy and beautiful.

Andrea on

Tyra is gorgeous no matter what size or shape! The hair color is another story, very drab and doesn’t scream “I’m Tyra and I’m beautiful!!”

Juliette on

I used to think Tyra was just another one of those airhead models that are portrayed as such in movies and television, but she’s really not. She’s strong and independent and she also really cares. She’s a fantastic role model for teenage girls and the like.

Cindy on

Since I am a middle aged woman dealing with dimples where I never had dimples, wrinkles, and weight gain, I am so proud of what Tyra did for all us women. I wish I looked as good as she does!!!!

nms on

tyra is beautiful. and 161 lbs looks good on her. she helps girls feel good about themselves and that is great

Cc on

Amazingly beautiful! Classy! Amazing personality! What else do you want? Live it up Tyra

Kelsey on

Tyra is a beautiful woman..who cares if she gained 30lbs. she still looks amazing!! i think she is a role model for a lot of people..people should look up to her..she doesnt care about what people say about her..she just lives her life like she wants to..i love her just like she is!!

Mari on

I lost weight due to illness and I’m a size four now but want to gain back my ” curves ” and back to an eight! Would rather have my curves than look like a stick! Way to go Tyra! Thank you for giving it to em!

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