Tyra Banks

Curviness as the new standard of beauty, pills that create instantly-defined cheekbones, the ability to give birth at age 120, and fashion and advertising models gone the way of the dinosaur and replaced by robots/avatars. Welcome to the future, according to Tyra Banks.

On Aug. 4, the Wall Street Journal invited several celebrities, including Mark Zuckerberg and singer Taylor Swift to share their predictions about the future of several industries.

Banks’ vision of the future of beauty, however, at times sounded like a dystopian sci-fi movie. Among the model-turned-TV personality’s prognostications was a largely homogenized population, in which exceptionality will be prized.

“Typical features and coloring will lean toward a Rihanna or Beyoncé or me kind of look,” she wrote. “People with alabaster or ebony skin will be rare and heralded for that uniqueness.”

Because of that sameness, racism will be largely done away with and prejudice would be socioeconomically based, she added.

Beauty standards and goals will also be easily attainable, Banks posited, even before birth.

“The features of one’s baby will be as selectable as menu items at a fast-food drive-through window,” Banks envisioned. “Plastic surgery will be as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for Tylenol… if one wants longer locks, a hair-growing serum is applied to the scalp, and the length and thickness of the hair will increase in 24 hours.”

If, despite all of those cosmetic changes, an individual has a low self-esteem day, personal robots/companions will not only offer strategic confidence-boosting affirmations but also suggest products to purchase from paid sponsors.

Environmental changes will also impact standards of beauty, Banks predicted. Global warming will harm crops so mostly affluent persons will have access to natural foods, the reality TV host said.

As a result, “Hourglass, curvy bodies will be the aspirational beauty standard, representing that those women have access to bounties of fulfilling yet healthy food.”

Banks ended on a high note for women, saying they would run the world.

“Women’s empowerment will be an irrelevant concept because the balance of power between the sexes will have shifted dramatically,” she wrote. “Women, in control of when they can have children (up to age 120!), and having more degrees and education than men, will be in charge.”


Zenitha Prince

Special to the AFRO