She’s a model, businesswoman, and new mom. How does Tyra Banks do it all?

“My secret to balance is to focus on one thing at a time,” the star mom tells PEOPLE. “I used to be the most amazing multitasker, doing three things at once,” Banks adds. “Not anymore, now that I have my son. I think that’s Mother Nature’s way of saying this life you created takes all of your brain power.”


In establishing herself as a working parent, Tyra is learning a few things about motherhood. “My son, as he gets older, he’s getting a lot more clingy so he wants to be held a lot more and be close to Mommy a lot more, so I have to do things fast,” she reveals. “We have a five-minute TYover at Tyra Beauty and that is like my savior because I have to slap it on like it’s war paint like, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. And then pick him up or else he gets crazy and demanding Mommy’s attention, so I have to go fast.”

Becoming a mom has made Tyra more aware of the type of child that she wants to rear. “I want to teach him that he doesn’t need to go after chicks that are just cookie-cutter,” she says of little York. “I want him to understand that beauty has so many different shapes and sizes and colors and features. I hope that he can appreciate beauty like his mom does, like I do — that I see beauty in things that the world doesn’t necessarily tell us are beautiful.”

York is Tyra Banks’ first child with partner Erik Asla. The celebrity mom welcomed her son in January. Check out the latest issue of PEOPLE magazine, available on newsstands nationwide, to see what else Tyra says about her son and life as a parent!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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