When it was announced recently that Tyra Banks was to become a professor at Stanford University, we have to admit... we kind of lost our minds. Yep, as of next year (May to be exact) America's Next Top Model legend Tyra Banks will be a guest lecturer for Stanford M.B.A. students, co-teaching a class on the art of personal branding. Hold. The. Lights.
We think you'll agree that there isn't anyone more qualifed to lecture on this topic.
Working alongside experienced broadcaster and lecturer Allison Kluger — the course begins with a video project entitled 'Project You: Building and Extending your Personal Brand', sign us up — Tyra has already made it perfectly clear that she won't tolerate any skiving, and in true ANTM style has issued a Tyra-mail style warning to anyone that dares not give their full attention during class:
'If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them,' she told the Wall Street Journal.
Oh, and you know she means that.
So, to celebrate the fact that Tyra Banks has basically been a professor of our lives for like, ever - here are some of the very best life lessons Tyra Banks, AKA the absolute Queen of Fierce, has taught us over the years.
Take it away Prof Tyra...
1. That making an entrance is everything
Go big, or go home.
2. Don't ever be fake
'A lot of young girls think that the opposite of fake is rudeness. And just as ugly as fake is, so is saying whatever is on your mind because it's the truth.' Preach.
3. Take responsibility
Tyra will not stand for any blame-games.
4. Make sure you are social media savvy
Because no one wants to be called out as a Twitter virgin, especially by Tyra.
5. Always sparkle
'Never dull your shine for somebody else.'
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6. Remember, bringing sexy back isn't high fashion
It's all in the shoulders ladies.
7. If you can't bring it...
Then yep, Tyra wants you to leave the damn building.
8. Inner strength
'Love me or hate me, I promise that it will never make or break me...'
9. To always have a good work ethic
'Don't chase the money... chase the passion. Because that's what is going to keep you happy and motivated and jumping out of that bed Monday morning.'
11. On modelling terms
'I don't like the label 'plus-size' - I call it 'fiercely real.' On Top Model, we call it fiercely real. I don't want to use the term 'plus-size,' because, to me, what the hell is that? It just doesn't have a positive connotation to it. I tend to not use it.'
12. To understand how powerful walking can actually be
That hands-to-hip movement? It's basically everything.
13. And finally, the art of smizing...
A life technique we all learned from the Queen herself.
Wait for it...