Tyra Banks has made a career of her good looks, but the mogul seems determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face.
Writing today in the Wall Street Journal about The Future of Everything along with heavy-hitting specialists like Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Summers, Billy Beane and Taylor Swift, Banks lays out her futuristic vision of changing standards of beauty.
It’s a world of contoured cheekbones, miracle-working elixirs, plenty of cosmetics and ego-boosting robots.
"As I look into the future," she begins, "I see radical changes in both how people 'attain beauty,' and how the world perceives beauty." Ever in tune with the wants and needs of the people, Banks shared 10 predictions.
Here are five of them:
1. "Plastic surgery will be as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for Tylenol," says the model. According to Banks, just as celebrities trend toward baby names that "defy convention," people will seek out "cutting-edge" implants to differentiate themselves from the masses.
2. Banks claims, "There will be no hair extensions." After scientists invent a universal hair-growing serum, feigned locks will be rendered obsolete. The innovation will spare much heartache on the set of America's Next Top Model and ensure that this never happens again.
3. Nervous to go under the knife? Fear not. In the future, surgery is not your only solution to beauty woes. Banks anticipates that "beauty ingestibles" such as "active waters" will offer men and women "instant, yet temporary results: contoured cheekbones, rosy cheeks, arched eyebrows." Banks did not mention a product that will help the hopeless among us learn to "smize."
The 'smize' is born--not made.
4. Banks imagines a future free of glass-ceiling limitations. Female "empowerment will be an irrelevant concept because the balance of power between the sexes will have shifted dramatically," says Banks. Also: women will be able to have children until they're 120 and men "will be responsible for 70 percent of cosmetics sales and plastic-surgery procedures world-wide" in an effort to score "well-off ladies who can take care of them."
5. Finally: "Everyone will have at least one personal robot/assistant/companion," asserts Banks. "If a person allows that robot/assistant to suggest products paid for by sponsors, that person's robot will be free of charge. In fact, that person will actually be paid to use the robot by a pool of advertisers. The robot will have super artificial intelligence and will be able to sense if its owner is having a low-self-esteem day and will then strategically give boosts of confidence to its owner. 'Wow, Eloisa! Your eyes look especially lovely today.'"