Friday, September 11, 2009

My Analysis of The Season Premiere of the Tyra Banks Show

Really! What was Tyra thinking? I loved last season, but so far I'm strongly disliking this season. All the natural ladies that saw the past episode I saw ,know what I'm talking about.Especially my natural hair girls that participated in the discussion on Twitter, as we were watching the episode. And I'm about to speak on it. Somebody has Tyra confused as to what the difference between "real" and "natural" hair is.

First of all,(aaaw son! You know she means business whenever she is saying "___ of all. It's about to go down!) I'm not going to talk about the enormity of Tyra's forehead when she first walked out on the stage. But I will ask, what was up with all the blow-drying,the curling irons,and the way Oscar was combing her hair. I'm very critical when it comes to the condition of hair,so y'all may not agree; I believe she needs to fire him.

Second of all, speaking on the girl in the audience that had natural hair. She straightens her hair so much,that her curl pattern is gone. It just has the "poofy" nature of natural hair.In other words, she mind as well perm it, because in the next year she will start having serious breakage.The only person who was truly natural, was the woman on staff that ran across the stage to help Tyra when she was about to knock over the cardboard cut-out of herself.

Third of all, what irritated me the most about this episode,was the fact that she is mis-educating so many people. The evidence being the home videos sent in by her television audience.

Sandra Rose said,"I don’t recall Tyra saying she was going natural. All she said was she would reveal her real hair, hence the title 'Real Hair Day.'" However, throughout the episode Tyra did erroneously use the terms"real" hair and "natural" hair interchangeably.

Tyra can't plead ignorance because knows better. I know she does ,because she is familiar with so many natural hair celebrities and she did an entire episode on "good/bad" hair. So don't teeeeelll me she didn't know. If she knew,then why did she do this episode that way? The bigger question being, "Is Tyra selling out on the truth?"

I don't know what was going through Tyra's mind.What I DO know is that I will not be tuning in if her show continues down the path of mediocrity.

In case you were wondering,

  • Real Hair: hair that grows from the follicle of any person. It can be natural or chemically-processed. It is not a weave, track,or anything that has been attached.
  • Example: This is Beyonce's real hair.She is not wearing a weave,track,or wig. It is not natural because it is chemically-processed with a relaxer.( This may not be her actual hair, but you get the point.)

Natural Hair: hair that grows from the follicle of any person, but is NEVER chemically-processed in any way. Natural hair can belong to anyone cross the racial spectrum. Although the term is used predominantly among women of African-descent across the six continents(not seven because Antartica doesn't count,LOL).

Example: This is Solange's real hair. It has not been chemically-processed in anyway.

Note: Please be informed, there is no haterism ivolved;this is just opinion and an effort to clarify this mess that Tyra has made.