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Promoting for a 'big' cause!

Once a promoter of the super skinny frame, Tyra Banks now exhorts plus size beauties to shed their inhibitions and strut their stuff.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 19:42 IST

Once a promoter of the super skinny frame, ex-catwalk queen Tyra Banks is now turning her back on stick-thin models.

Inspired by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier's decision to open one of his recent fashion shows with a larger-than-life model, Banks' daytime talk show hosted a contest for plus-size beauties on November 29, 2006.

The retired supermodel asked plus-size models to shed their inhibitions and strut their stuff.

"You do not have to be super stick skinny in order to model," Contactmusic quoted Banks, as saying.

All wannabe models competing for the first Thick + Sexy Top Plus-Size Model crown are required to be size 18 and above, and they all tipped the scales at over 200 pounds.

Plus-size model Mia Tyler, actor Josh Morrow and American Idol winner Ruben Studdars judged the contest and crowned 218 pound (98.8 kilograms) Marguerite Brown the first Top Plus-Size Model.