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Tyra Banks: 'I Don't Believe in Diets'

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Tyra Banks attends the America’s Next Top Model 20th cycle gala celebration at SupperClub Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California.
Tyra Banks
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Believe it or not, but this former supermodel doesn't diet. She says it simply isn't for her.

Tyra Banks told US Weekly recently that diets are good for one-off events like class reunions, red carpets or a wedding. She later explained, "but the minute you bite one piece of real food, you're going to gain [the weight] right back."

Banks said she shed several pounds a couple year ago, but got way too skinny for her own liking. "I actually got too thin because I have tunnel vision," shared Banks. "So when they said this is what you have to do, I was so strict, and I realized I needed to cheat way more because it didn't look good. I didn't realize I was too thin until I started seeing pictures and I thought, 'Oh, I don't like that. That doesn't look good.' I need some ass."

And because she doesn't endorse diets, she doesn't encourage the models on her reality show, America's Next Top Model, to worry about the pounds either. "I don't do a good job of helping [my girls] lose weight, even if they might need to," said Banks. "We stock the house really bad, and then they complain, like, 'We're eating all this crap!' For me, I don't want them to feel all crazy like models in my day felt. I don't care — gain some weight, whatever. I know how to choose a shot that's the most flattering."

As for her own body image, Banks does't think she's perfect. She believes she has too much cellulite, but is proud of her shape.

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