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Tyra Banks Arises To The Top!

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If smizes could kill, this would be it!

Tyra Banks is looking fierce on the cover of Arise magazine!

When she wasn't slaying the camera with her smiling eyes, the America's Next Top Model hostess dished on her fashion memories, cray cray personality and other juicy Tyra morsels.

Here are the HIGHlights:

On her ANTM personality:

"I don't have the personality I have on America’s Next Top Model. I don't say 'Your pictures are not fierce, you're not smizing and hello nice to meet you.' It's a character that I created, but it's not really me. I'm more like I am on my talk show, that's not me trying to be a thing. On Top Model it's a character… it just so happens the character’s named Tyra Banks, but she's not me."

On her first fashion moment:

"Me sitting on the edge of the bath tub while my mother beats her face [i.e. puts on a ton of make-up]. That's where I learnt to be a drag queen – from my mother. She likes a lot of make-up and I like a lot."

On her guilty pleasure:

"Popping pimples!"

On her favorite word:

"Smize. It was an accident so that's why I like it. I created this word because for years on Top Model I'd say smile with your eyes, smile with your eyes. I’m always watching myself, because I watch it [the show] more than the average person as I’m in the editing bay, and I'd be like ‘This is so long’ and one day I was like ‘smize!’ What gives me satisfaction is I've been in a restaurant totally incognito in the corner and there's a group of girls who don't know I'm there and they’re like 'Let’s take a group picture… smize!' And I'm like 'Oh my gosh'. I'm proud of that word."

On her least favorite word:

"Plus-size. I find that it doesn't sound positive so I like 'fiercely real' because it's not plus-size, it's the average body. To say plus-size it's like 'plus what?' Plus-size for a fashion skinny model? I like fiercely real and that's what I say on Top Model and what I say in life to my mum and friends."

Oh Tyra! We love your honesty and realness. Never change!

Check out more pics of the booty toochin' smizer (below)!

[Image courtesy of Arise.]

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