Tyra Banks says, Women Should Always Have a Stash of “F.U.” Money on Hand

In a recent interview with Glamour Magazine, Tyra Banks shared 3 valuable pieces of career advice for women. Tyra says that all women, especially young women with big dreams, should:

1. have the proper education to support those dreams,

2. have a little money of your own to fund those dreams, and

3. set aside some time for yourself, (vacay/spa day) to reflect and be further inspired to dream.

Read a few more of Tyra’s career secrets below.
GLAMOUR: You graduated from a program at Harvard Business School in 2012. What made you decide to go? TYRA: Tyra Beauty. But I just couldn’t tell anybody! I knew that I wanted to have a self-funded company—I’m obsessed with ownership. I want to have the say, not just a say. So I needed to have the tools.

GLAMOUR: What did you learn there that you wish you had known 10 years earlier? TYRA: Leadership. I want to be a really strong leader. I look at Walt Disney, Oprah, Richard Branson, and how they lead a team, how they inspire a team, because you can’t do it by yourself. And my professor coached us to be vulnerable with our team. He said, “Show emotions. If you feel like frigging crying, cry.” That stuck. It’s about being real.

GLAMOUR: Tyra Beauty uses direct selling—you have young women all over the country working for you. Why? TYRA: My mom stayed with my dad for too long because of financial reasons. If she’d just had a little side hustle, a little of her own money, she would have left. So I encourage women to have what I call “F.U.” money.… A lot of my passion for this business comes from that.

GLAMOUR: There’s a New Year’s goal—get the “F.U.” money going. Last question: If you could go back and talk to 25-year-old Tyra, what would you tell her? TYRA: Take some time for yourself. You’re still gonna be successful if you go on that vacation. I felt I had to sacrifice, that I needed to constantly go. So I would tell her to sit the heck down! My mom also said, “Plan for the end at the beginning. There’s a limit to modeling; that phone is gonna stop ringing. Have a plan before it stops.” Be like a boxer who’s like, “This is my last one—pow.”


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