My Phone Call with Tyra Banks

Yes, THE Tyra Banks.

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Know her?

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Victoria’s Secret Angel, creator and host of America’s Next Top Model, America’s Got Talent, Eve from Life Size.

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My editor from the Dallas Observer had me do what they call a “phoner.” Apparently, that’s journalism talk for a phone interview.

So, I got in contact with her people, and a time was set (4:30 pm C/T she said) for my talk with Tyra Banks.

Beforehand, my mom took me to Bird Bakery, where coincidentally, we saw a recognizable face.

Armie Hammer.

Yes, THE Armie Hammer.

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His wife owns Bird Bakery, but we’ve never actually seen him there. I didn’t say anything to him, since I could tell he just wanted to enjoy coffee and pastries with a couple I’d assume were his parents. (Or grandparents? Not sure, I was too busy trying not to stare at Armie, who looks EXACTLY like he does in the movies.)

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He was sitting right across from me.

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After chit chatting within earshot of Armie for about an hour, I had my mom drive me back to my dorm.

Bye, Armie. I need to go talk to Tyra. Like WHAT EVEN was this day??

We were about five minutes away when it happened.

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The phone rang. 15 minutes early than I expected.

Tyra’s assistant asked me if I was ready.

I SO was not. Not ready. Not. Ready.

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I explained to her the miscommunication in timing and asked for a couple minutes.

“Yeah, it’s just… I have her here and she’s been going nonstop all day since 4 in the morning…” the assistant explained. “Can I call you back in 3 minutes?”

I agreed, hung up, and my mom and I freaked out.

Luckily, she was able to park. I got out my laptop, started the recording and got out my questions. My mom held up her phone as a backup recording.

I heard the ring.

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The assistant asked if I was ready. I wasn’t, but I said yes anyway. I’d never freakin been on the phone with a celebrity before, I had no idea what I was doing.

“Okay hold on, let me go grab her.”

Silence. My mom turned her head away just in case Tyra could hear her breathing.

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“Isabel?”

Tyra Banks knew my name.

“Hi Tyra, how are you?” I said, relieved I said her name right. (You see, all day for some psychotic reason, I had been calling her Tanya. Tanya. WHAT.

“I’m good, how are you?”

“I’m doing good! I’m Isabel from the Dallas Observer.” (Well obviously she knew that already. I was soooo awkward!!!)

We started to chit chat about the Today Show she had to get up at 4 that morning to go to, and we were off. I went into full interview mode.

Hearing the recording played back, I was SO awkward. Lots of nervous laughter, lots of accidentally interrupting her. It was… a learning experience.

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Halfway through, Tanya said this:

“Oh what do you want, boo boo?”

I assumed she was talking to her kid. We weren’t at that level yet, you know?

“This is my son,” Tyra explained. “I gave my nanny Easter off so… we just had a babysitter today. Okay boo boo, what do you want? You just want mommy to get off the phone?”

Cutest voice ever: “Yeah…”

“Okay well you go talk to Nana and mommy’s going to be finished soon, okay?”

“No…”

“Mommy’s going to be finished soon!” She explained that he had come to the Today Show with them. “He had fun! He was running around…”

Our interview lasted about 10 minutes. Tyra was a super nice person, super easy to talk to and very easy to interview! She even spilled some information about Life Size 2 that I didn’t think had been released anywhere yet!

Tyra’s “people” invited me to the event she is hosting in Dallas next week, as well as gave me a copy of her new book, Perfect is Boring!

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