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The Tyra Banks Show took home its second Daytime Emmy for outstanding informative talk show at Sunday’s 36th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

It was only last year that the newbie talk show host, who told the world to “Kiss my fat ass!” won her first Emmy.

“You’ve got to move and I’ve totally redone my show from skin and guts — how it looks, feels all the way down to content, because of the changing generation,” Banks said.

At the podium, the model mogul gushed, “I love daytime television. I learned the birds and the bees from watching [General Hospital’s] Luke and Laura. I learned my ABCs, 1-2-3 from Sesame Street. This [Emmy] is for the women out there that do not feel beautiful … that do not have time to do their makeup … This is for you guys.”

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Tyra Banks stripped down in New York’s Union Square today and declared September 8, National Real Hair Day as she promises to take off her weave and reveal her “real” hair on her talk show’s season premiere.

“This season on The Tyra Show we’re taking it to the next level and getting more real than ever before by encouraging women everywhere to own and rock what they’ve got and be proud! For the Season 5 premiere, I will be doing just that – no fake hair, I’m rocking my REAL hair. This will all be going down on September 8, 2009, which we’re declaring National Real Hair Day! We welcome everyone to go natural with me!”

Season five of The Tyra Banks Show premieres on The CW Network on September 8.

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Tyra Banks is joining the cast of Gossip Girl for a guest appearance in the third season of the teen drama series.

Banks will play the character of Ursula Nyquist a “larger-than-life actress” who has a run-in with Serena at a film premiere. Blindie smells catfight? Or maybe another shoe fight like in the Hannah Montana movie?

Hilary Duff is also slated to appear in the upcoming season, as an actress who rooms with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) at NYU.

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The mark of a real household name is the endorsement deal–and with the recent announcement of Freida Pinto’s latest deal with powerhouse cosmetics brand L’Oreal, we thought it’d be apt to countdown five of our favorite beauty spokesmodels:

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1. Liya Kebede for Estee Lauder

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2. Queen Latifah for Cover Girl

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3. Beyonce for L’Oreal

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4. Halle Berry for Revlon

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5. Tyra Banks for Cover Girl

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Talk show host and model extraordinaire Tyra Banks is partnering with South African businessman Tom Kelly in conjunction with MTN to take her Top Model search to Africa.

Auditions will be held on March 29th in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre and the show will follow the format of the original US show.

Winners will receive modeling contracts with IMG Models, a six-month contract as the face of Louis Vuitton, and the chance to co-present on The Tyra Banks Show.

Blindie hopes the South African version of Top Model will be telecast in the US and they mix in some white South Africans with controversial viewpoints for some added drama.

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Three people were arrested and six others were injured on Saturday after a riot ensued outside of the Park Central New York hotel where auditions for the 13th season of Tyra Banks’ hit reality show America’s Next Top Model were being held.

Women no taller than 5-foot-7 turned out in droves for a chance to be a contestant on the special season of Top Model dedicated to short ladies.

Sky News reports a car spewing smoke pulled up to the line of contestants then a man jumped out and began grabbing women’s bags causing fights and a stampede.

Authorities shut down the audition citing it was improperly organized and many model hopefuls fled leaving their shoes, clothes and sleeping bags littering the street.

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