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You Sleep With Your Phone, Tyra Banks Leaves Hers in the Kitchen!

Tyra Banks is making her return to daytime television this fall with the talk show, “FABLife,” alongside correspondents Chrissy Teigen and Joe Zee. We all remember Banks’ first talk show, “The Tyra Show,” which won a Daytime Emmy and ran for five seasons from 2005 to 2010. The former supermodel sat down with The Cut, to discuss her love for mornings, wellness, what to expect from her new show and what she likes to eat when she’s alone.

Banks starts her day at 5 a.m. and to make sure she’s not looking at her phone first thing in the morning, she leaves it in her kitchen.

“Fifty percent of the time, I wake up and look at it,” said the host of “America’s Next Top Model.” Fifty percent of the time I’m trying to think of something positive.”

She describes herself as being obsessed with the morning.

“When it’s nighttime, I’m like, ‘Time to go home.’ I can’t wait to wake up. It’s mine, it’s my time. The world is not awake yet.”

“The Tyra Show” was lauded by many as a daytime talk show for young people, particularly young women. According to Banks, “FABLife” will do the same.

“I’m ready to come back and help share and inspire women to start their own businesses. That’s my passion, every day. I hunkered down and put my nose to the grindstone at Harvard Business School, learning more about the tools I needed to launch my business. At my new show, we’re not going to come out of the box immediately with crazy innovation. The business side of me knows that something that is too crazy can scare people. It’s about holding onto the core audience, and the more mature audience, but also shaking things up to get the younger viewers. I think we can confidently continue to push the envelope.”

Over the years, and mostly during the days of her first talk show, many noticed Banks’ weight would fluctuate. Wellness is something that’s important to the supermodel-turned-businesswoman and she hopes it will inspire other women.

“It [wellness] means taking time for yourself. The world is not just about work and winning. It’s a time to recharge, time to be very selfish and turn off. One of the ways I do that is with massage.”

She goes on to say, “Wellness used to be a luxury. Now I see it as a necessity. It’s everything from eating better to trying to work out. It’s hard for me to work out. But I’m going to be able to again… As a leader, it’s also different. I used to feel like as a boss, it was all about work, work, work and having all the answers. Now I realize it’s about hiring people smarter than me. It’s still about looking, checking in on them, but empowering them to make the right decisions. Where we work, we have a full gym. I love seeing my team in their sweats and going to work out and hike. I’ve noticed that they’re happier.”

Like most of us, Banks struggles with healthy eating.

“I am very much attracted to food that is fatty and creamy, and it gives me pleasure,” said Banks.

“I don’t have any typical outlets that other people might have — I don’t do any recreational drugs or drink alcohol. I need something! So I love to indulge in food. If I’m really healthy, I get too thin. My body wants a little juiciness. If I were to eat super-right, correct, I would be 50 pounds lighter. Some people like my fashion friends would be like, ‘You look fabulous!’ Meanwhile others would be like, Girl, you need to eat a burger. It’s a balance that I have to find.”

Who would think that a woman such as Banks who has spent the majority of her adult life in the fashion world would enjoy frozen dinners? But she does, a healthy one of course.

“I love a healthy, frozen dinner. I know that sounds weird but I like one with a good amount of calories. I then boost it up and add chili powder, oregano, and some steamed vegetables on the side and watch Netflix.”

Her wellness advice for women is “to get your shape in shape and try to be the best you.”

“Some women might look at my body and want it, or look at Jennifer Aniston’s or Taylor Swift’s and want to look like her. See what is the best body you can be by looking at fit bodies that are close to yours. When you’re looking at bodies that are totally different from yours, that creates unhealthy thoughts and actions.”

The “FABLife” debuts September 14 on ABC.


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Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.