As much as the media loves to poke fun at Tyra Banks, what is no laughing matter is the star power that this woman possesses. As the head of her empire and owner of one of the few black female production companies Bankable Productions, she is a driving force in entertainment today.
Wednesday's show 1/30/08 was dedicated to a group of black girls from ages 11-18 who were all diagnosed with debilitating diseases. These warrior young women were brought on the show because through the "Make a Wish" foundation it was their wish to meet the one and only Tyra. Tyra embraced these precious young women, gave them a platform to speak about their perseverance in the face of their illnesses. These young women have been diagnosed with diseases like sickle-cell anemia, ovarian cancer, leukemia, and bone cancer. In the midst of their realities, these young ladies were dreaming big about their futures. They all had wonderful aspirations including modeling, teaching, and pediatric medicine.
This was not a fly-by night "just for the publicity" stunt for Ms. Banks. She has been involved with the "Make a Wish Foundation" since she was19 years old. Tyra is using her star power and celebrity to bring to the world's attention the forgotten issues that most people would like to ignore. She is using her platform to do more than just promote herself and that is more that can be said for many celebs in her position.