Tyra Banks Shares Why It’s Harder to Be a Model Today, Goes Crazy With the ANTM Gang in Red Snakeskin Heels

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Tyra Banks is one of the few people in the modeling industry to really speak her mind, often touching on the struggles of being a woman fighting for a career in the industry.

This time it’s no different – the supermodel took to her Instagram to voice out the pressures of being a model today by uploading a photo of her teenaged self while waiting backstage at a YSL show. Despite being all dolled up on the makeup chair, Tyra wore a flannel shirt, sneakers, and ill-fitting pants, stating that the important thing then was how they were on the runway.

Models have so much pressure today. They have to look good on AND off the set. They have to arrive backstage at fashion shows looking and dressed as if they are already ON a runway. They have to be slimmer than slim. Skinnier than skinny. They have to compete with actresses, recording artists and reality stars for magazine covers and ad campaigns. They have to have tons of followers on social media to book top notch jobs. And they have to do selfies that make them look relatable, but not TOO relatable, because then people may comment that they don’t understand, “Why the heck is THAT girl a friggin’ model??!!!!” When I was a young model, yeah, we had to think about our weight, but not like today. I think I was size 6, not a size 0. And backstage at fashion shows, I looked like this photo you’re looking at. Yep, that’s teenaged me right before a YSL show was about to start in sneakers, plaid flannel and bad jeans. Mr. Yves Saint Laurent could care less how I looked when I arrived to his show. But when I hit his stage, he expected excellence. And I made sure I delivered that every time I was chosen to walk his amazing runway. I’m sending love and hugs to all working, aspiring and super models worldwide. You all have lots to live up to. And I’m here cheering for you every single day. Stay strong girls. #throwbackthursday #throwbackTyTy

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Tyra recently hit the red carpet to promote the 22nd cycle of America’s Next Top Model.

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The 41-year-old encouraged young aspiring models today to stay strong, despite the seemingly increasing pressures that come with being in the industry.

Tyra had fun on the ANTM carpet with her crazy posse wearing a red asymmetrical dress by Bryan Hearns, which she paired with her new short bob and ferocious looking red snakeskin heels by Alejandra G.

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Tyra Banks ANTM Red Snake Heels 4Tyra Banks at the America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22 premiere party in West Hollywood on July 28, 2015

Tyra Banks shares an inspiring post featuring her teenager self while waiting to walk at a YSL show backstage

We took it upon ourselves to look for fierce red heels like Tyra’s that are available to you with only a few clicks of the mouse. See our picks below:

Jessica Simpson MarthenaJessica Simpson Marthena in Lipstick Trop, $109.99 (before: $114.99)

Michael Antonio Jace

Michael Antonio Jace in Coral Snake PU, $54.99

Michael Kors NormaMichael Kors Norma, $197.99

Credit: Tyra Banks' Instagram / FayesVision / WENN

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