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Tyra Banks often talks about being bullied and teased about her appearance when she was a teenager and now she is using those experiences to her advantage. The former supermodel turned television personality just sealed a deal with ABC to bring a scripted show to the network.
Her upcoming television series “Fivehead,” will be based on her experience as an awkward teenager who had a low self-esteem and then went on to become a very successful supermodel.
Speaking to Deadline.com, Tyra playfully explained all the mean names that bullies came up with, including, “Fivehead,” what she was called by her bullies,
“In high school, if you have glasses, you’re a ‘four eyes’, if you have braces, you’re a ‘metal mouth’ but if you had my forehead? You’re a ‘fivehead.’”
The 38 year old co-creator of the popular reality show, “America’s Next Top Model,” has partnered with her childhood friend who is also a television writer, Kenya Barris. Banks and Barris will both co-create, executive produce and write the show. Barris was also the co-creator of “America’s Next Top Model” which has been wildly successful and has been on the air for 19 seasons.
Barris, who is excited about their new venture, said,
“To be able to witness her career was wild, but to be able to watch Tyra grow up was nothing short of nutty. I am blown away by the opportunity to tell not just a great story but a story that I remember so fondly.”
Banks has shared some parts of her story, growing up as an awkward teen and then breaking into the modeling and fashion world. It seems a series that shows her story will be both interesting and inspiring.