Why Tyra Banks changed her modeling name to Banx. Tyra Banks has been one of the biggest names in modeling over the past 20 years.
And now, more than a decade after she retired from the runway and two years after she left America’s Next Top Model, she’s officially back – with a new name.
To mark her return to the fashion industry, Banks appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue – a spot where she made history in 1997 when she became the first black woman to appear solo on the magazine.
She talked about what has changed over the past two decades, which includes her famous name, with the model saying that her name is now ‘Banx, with an X. B-A-N-X.’
“But just my model name,” she says. “You know how models have interesting names, different names like Twiggy? She wasn’t born Twiggy. I was born Tyra Banks, K-S.”
Explaining the reason behind the name change, she said: “[The new name symbolises] X-ing out cookie-cutter beauty. Mononyms are exciting in the industry. But usually models use their first names, like Iman. I want to flip the script and go by my last name. I’m taking something familiar and making it new. I’m wiser now and thicker.”
“BanX is me, but she’s also every woman. BanX represents rebirth and that beauty boundaries only exist to be broken.”
She added: “As much as we’ve progressed with beauty, there’s still a long way to go of opening up the door and redefining what it means, and so that X stands for ‘X what you heard about what beauty means.’ We are making a new rule that so many more people can fit into this beauty box. Let’s bust the box open.”
Banx has acknowledged that she’s still not 100% at 45 – but she’s learning to accept her body in a much healthier way.
She notes: “I’m still human.”
“I still don’t love the cellulite on my butt. I still know how to twist and turn even during this photo shoot to make sure you don’t see the dimples on my booty, so I still have that. I just don’t linger there, and I celebrate the things that I’m proud of. I don’t like that my calves are too skinny. I don’t like that. I have flat feet. I don’t like that my hands look 20 years older than my face. You know, there’s just things that I don’t like but I just don’t dwell there. But I’m also very honest and saying I don’t like it, but it’s not the end of the world.”
We are so ready for the modeling industry to acknowledge that every body is beautiful and can’t wait to see what Banx does next.
Why Tyra Banks changed her modeling name to Banx