I have had the honor and pleasure of bestowing another celebrity with a custom made piece from SariBlue. Just like you, I don’t know everything about the recipients of our gifts, but when I have the opportunity to send a Sariblue creation to a celebrity, I explore a bit to be able to customize something very special and significant. When I delved into the life of Tyra Banks, I found out that she is an incredibly successful, prolific woman with more talents and endeavors than I ever realized.
Her story begins with the typical “ugly duckling turned swan” model tale that we’re all so familiar with. But after that, the typical tale turns drastically different. She had to fight to be accepted as a black model. Naomi Campbell tried to have her banned from modeling to keep the competition at bay, but despite opposition, she booked an unprecedented 25 shows at her first Paris Fashion Week and proved she was a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world. But what you may not know is that she has continued to be a force in many other arenas.
Tyra Banks has not only been a ‘supermodel’ for the likes of Victoria’s Secret and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, where her appearance on each cover made history, she is an author (Tyra’s Beauty, Inside and Out, Modelland, a NY Times best seller!),a philanthropist (Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation – an organization designed to help young women cultivate independence and self-esteem, Tyra Banks Scholarship), as well as a very successful TV show creator, producer (Bankable Productions) and host (America’s Next Top Model, The Tyra Banks Show, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award).
She has also had a film and TV career as an actress (Love & Basketball, Coyote Ugly, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), been a singer (yes!), and is a beauty industry expert (www.TypeF.com, www.vogue.it). The Tyra Banks ‘brand’ has been likened to that of Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. Oprah is even credited for congratulating Tyra on her talk show for being an inspiration to young women.
Tyra has seemingly endless more accomplishments and accolades…too many to mention here. But I have realized that the common theme that runs through the life of Tyra Banks seems to be one of inspiring and supporting women to embrace themselves. Although she has been named many times in People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and listed in Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people, SariBlue believes the most beautiful and importantly influential part of her lies in her desire to help all women find their own beauty and style.
I hope she enjoys wearing the special piece I crafted especially for her. I combined the essence of SariBlue style of traditional handmade Evil Eye beads …5 of them altogether because she is such a force to be reckoned with!…twisted the colour theme to rustic reds to represent her fiery and invincible spirit… and added a few lovely crystals for sparkle and shine. The pendant itself has a number of connecting pieces which makes it turn beautifully when worn and appear a bit complicated, it also has a bit of an open look, as well as a long slender appearance, just like the lovely woman it was made for.