During a new interview with Hoda Kotb on "Today", the "America's Next Top Model" creator said, "This is something I've been talking about for decades." She went on to share, "So, me curvier, me damn near almost 50 years old in this campaign…I think it is pretty empowering."
Elsewhere during the conversation, Tyra also revealed how the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" alum convinced her to pose for SKIMS. "[Kim] said when I was on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated' she hadn't seen boobs that were real and big," the 48-year-old model recalled. "She said that that gave me self-esteem for my body. So we had, like, a serious conversation, and I finally said, 'Let's do this!' "
Kim, who also joined the interview, added, "We just had an honest heart-to-heart conversation, and she got to hear what the brand stands for, why I started the brand." The 41-year-old reality star, who said that she and Tyra have known each other for a "really long time" and that she has "so much respect for her," stressed, "I'm just all about supporting women."
Earlier this week, Kim released a new ad for her SKIMS line. The new campaign featured iconic models, including Tyra, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio as well as Candice Swanepoel. "Introducing Tyra, Heidi, Alessandra and Candice in their first-ever joint campaign," read the caption of the ad. "Wearing our signature Fits Everybody collection, it doesn't get more iconic than this."
However, shortly after the photographs were released, many social media critics slammed Kim, accusing her of photoshopping the pictures to make Tyra appear slimmer. "These pics are stunning but Tyra looked so gorgeous naturally and this editing is so bizarre and unnecessary?" one person claimed.
"Tyra seems to be a victim of extreme photoshop in this one - where did her body go?" a separate person sarcastically asked. Another critic wrote, "Appalled to see the amount of photoshop done to Tyra Banks' body in Kim Kardashian's new Skims and campaign."