Social media has made it easier to become a model, but more difficult once you actually make it to model status. At least Tyra Banks thinks so. To illustrate how much has changed since her earlier modeling days, the supermodel posted a Throwback Thursday photo on Instagram last month of herself backstage at an Yves Saint Laurent show in "sneakers, plaid flannel and bad jeans."
"Mr. Yves Saint Laurent could care less how I looked when I arrived to his show," she included in the caption, pointing out that now, thanks to social media, models constantly have to be "on." It's true that apps like Instagram and Snapchat drive models and celebrities to be constantly connected, open to having their photos shared all over. But as Banks told E!, that's not the only way social media has an impact. Those photos can also determine whether or not a model gets a job.
"These gals gotta walk in and look like they’re about to do the fashion show. They have to post pictures of themselves constantly on social media. They have to make sure they have a lot of likes because if they don’t have a lot of likes they’re not going to get booked for the job even though they’re the best model," she said.
On her throwback Instaanks also touched on the increasingly difficult beauty standards that models are expected to uphold. "When I was a young model, yeah, we had to think about our weight, but not like today. I think I was a size 6, not a size 0," she wrote.
The Cara Delevignes of the world seem to be fine sharing their every move on social media, but everyone deserves a break once in a while. Then again, Tyra has never shied away from sharing her realest self with the world, on social media or otherwise.