Tyra Banks shows the world ‘the really real me’

What does a supermodel look like without makeup? Tyra Banks isn’t too proud to let you see.

Tyra Banks with makeup

Tyra Banks without makeup

We’re not going to “out” celebrities who don’t wear makeup every single time they leave the house — but if they choose to share, we’re grateful for the behind-the-scenes peek.

After actress and TV personality Tyra Banks shared a photo of herself on Instagram in mid-June 2015, the picture received more than 177,000 likes in just three weeks.

Here’s what she had to say when the posted the makeup-free selfie:

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


Raw and real, indeed — as well as confident and courageous encouragement for those of us who sometimes get a little disheartened by the kind of glossy perfection we see on magazine covers.

Why is the horrifying and bizarre so very intriguing?

Thanks, Tyra! And let us add our voices to the choir: you’re gorgeous either way.

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