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Tyra Banks Discusses “Traumatic” Fertility Struggles

LOS ANGELES - AUG 4:  Tyra Banks at the ABC TCA Summer Press TouIt’s difficult to juggle working and becoming a mother. For this reason, many women put off having children in order to focus on securing their career. For many, it works out but others are finding that, if they wait too long, they may miss their chance to carry a child of their own. Of course, adoption is a beautiful and loving option but some women lament over the fact that, by putting other needs first, they lost their ability to choose to have a biological child.

This is the case with Tyra Banks. Sure, we all know her from her early days on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and, of course, as a supermodel. Who hasn’t seen, at least, one episode of America’s Next Top Model? She’s created an empire and a brand but she may have missed the opportunity to create life.

In an interview with PEOPLE, the 41-year-old revealed her regret, saying: “When I turned 40, the one thing I was not happy about is that I did not have kids. I’m like, ‘Damn, the clock is ticking! I’ve had some not happy moments with that, very traumatic moments. It’s difficult as you get older. It’s not something that can just happen.” The host of Tyra presents FABLife has been in a relationship with photographer, Erik Asla, for more than two years confessed to having undergone IVF treatments.

While timing has been an issue, Tyra has always wanted children. She explained: “Since I was 24, I used to say every year, ‘I will have kids in three years. I kept saying it over and over again. Because my business is very entrepreneurial. I’m not for hire, so I have to do everything. I kept trying to find that time for that to happen. … When you’re like, ‘OK, I’m just going to do it,’ then it’s not so easy as you get older… I don’t just want one child. I want a litter! And I want to be the kind of mom where my child can come to me for anything.”

It seems as though she has already been practicing her mothering skills by mentoring supermodels (as she has for years on America’s Next Top Model). She does spend time with some of today’s biggest names, including Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss. “We meet a couple of times a year,” she revealed. “We do strategy maps, and then they’ll go off and they’ll execute, then they’ll come back and we check in again. It’s nice to see that what they’re doing is working.”

Hopefully, things will work out and Tyra will find a way to fulfill her dreams.



Tyra Banks Discusses “Traumatic” Fertility Struggles

Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne has been a celebrity blogger for eight years and also teaches psychology at the college level. In addition to her passion for mental health, she is an avid reader, hockey fan and mother of four.

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Croteau, J. (2015). Tyra Banks Discusses “Traumatic” Fertility Struggles. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 5, 2020, from


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