If its Monday premiere was any indication, The Tyra Banks Show isn't so much a talk show as it is a circus. Part of it is because Tyra Banks is almost literally a clown (being, like, a quarter chromosome away from a drag queen). The other thing that gives this show the three-ring feel is Tyra's seeming willingness to pack all 180 ideas she hatched for show segments into its first week. Here's her mission statement, as outlined in her monologue:
You guys, on my show, self image is really important to me. We're going to be talking about women's self image. And we're gonna have fun. We're gonna have your favorite celebrities on here talkin' about their projects and I'ma be askin' 'em personal stuff, too. Not just, you know, work stuff. And, of course, I've been a model for a long time, so we're gonna do some makeovers and have fashion like you have never seen before on daytime, 'cause that is my specialty. And of course, you guys, for all the women, we're gonna have a lot of stuff about relationships, 'cause, child, I been cheated on, I been lied to, I been a snooper lookin' through his drawers like, "I know you cheatin'." So we're going to be doing a lot of shows like that, too.
Brilliant! If TBS can keep up the stamina of its first episode (seven segments, six of them unrelated), it may end up being the workout a chunky-but-proud Tyra needs.
Tyra's all about keepin' it real, which means she'll do things like show you her body before it's been touched up for America's Next Top Model photos.
She'll also appear without makeup -- as long as the camera doesn't get too close.
Also, keeping it real means not being afraid to pretend to cry . . .
I love this woman because no matter what the concentration of false and genuine she's serving in her verbal cocktail, she's never so guarded as to keep her inner geek pent up:
She's got an on-set runway, y'all:
She's not even embarrassed to cart out her masculine mother . . .
. . . or shamelessly sit in that woman's lap . . .
All in a day's work for a woman who's the closet thing we have to walking camp since, well, Janice Dickinson.
A makeover, a reunion with girls from her hilariously named TZONE camp and lots and lots of sass were some of the ingredients that made The Tyra Banks Show so special. The best segment featured Tyra visiting the DMV to give girls tips on how to look good in their drivers license photos. A great concept was made better by Tyra's great, great faces.
I. Love. Her.
Consider it done!