If you’re not following Tyra Banks on Twitter right now, you should probably fix that. Her feed is a brilliant collection of deep observations on everything from posing for pictures to not wanting to go to the gym to the act of tweeting itself. And did I mention it’s hilarious? If you’ve ever watched America’s Next Top Model, you know that it’s a passionate love story between Tyra Banks and Tyra Banks, set against the backdrop of a modeling competition. So imagine what a love affair Tyra can have with herself on social media, a technology that was invented for people to talk about themselves.
Tyra was the first celebrity I followed on Twitter. And I haven’t regretted a single minute of it. Her tweets are hilarious, that I’m sure about, but what I’m not so sure about is whether or not Tyra is in on it. When she declares that someone should make pizza tops (in the style of muffin tops), because that’s the only part of the pizza she likes, does she know she’s making us laugh? Does she know that we’re laughing at her and not with her (sorry Tyra)? Tyra’s a smart lady, you guys. But sometimes her tweets suggest otherwise. OR DO THEY? Since Top Model returns tonight on The CW, let’s take a look at a sampling of Tyra’s tweets, organized into categories, and try to determine whether Tyra is being intentionally or unintentionally hilarious.
Things that have “diet” or “light” in the label mean that I can eat twice as much without feeling guilty…right? #AssMaintenance
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 22, 2013
In addition to hashtagging the various shows and events she’s involved in, Tyra also takes a more creative approach to the art form. While poring over her feed in my research, I saw that she has used the hashtag #AssMaintenance at least three times. Hashtags are very deliberate. It takes thought to add that pound sign, and everyone knows how funny the word “ass” is. Other hashtags of course include #smize and #tooch. The verdict? Intentionally hilarious.
The “So U Know When”
So you know when you’re in a bathtub and your fingers get all wrinkly and you’re like why the heck do they do that
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 10, 2013
So u know when u are eating and it’s kinda gross but u keep eating it cuz it then kinda tastes good but then it’s gross again…
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) June 21, 2013
So U know when U wanna tweet something funny but can’t think of anything so U just put your phone down…
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 7, 2013
So U know when you’re looking through Tyra’s tweets and almost all of them start this way? Yeah, me too. This is Tyra’s favorite way to start a tweet, and it’s usually followed by some kind of pointless, anticlimactic observation. And I’m inclined to think she’s seriously trying to relate to us as an alien. Verdict? Unintentionally hilarious.
The Random Thought
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) June 30, 2013
Sometimes Tyra just can’t help herself and posts a tweet with no context. She gets excited about bacon and other such things, okay?! Verdict? Unintentionally hilarious.
The Professional Twitpic
Pop that collar and chase that dream! pic.twitter.com/TQV27WgYNE
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 11, 2013
Tyra L-O-V-E-S to share professional modeling shots of herself and associate them with inspirational messages. Sometimes it fits, and sometimes it’s just forced. In this case, the verdict is: Unintentionally hilarious.
My face when celebs say “Ty, I want U to mentor me to be a biz woman” but they just wanna hit the club w/me. pic.twitter.com/FaAYArsyRJ
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) April 6, 2013
Sometimes Tyra posts non-professional twitpics. She loves to describe a hypothetical situation and display the face she would make about it. I think she views it as a modeling lesson and a comedy routine. So the verdict? Intentionally hilarious.
The Clever Tweet
Broke up with the gym this morning. It just wasn’t working out.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) June 24, 2013
Sometimes Tyra uses Twitter like a lot of us use Twitter — to make witty jokes. Exactly how witty her jokes are is debatable, but I think she certainly means them to be jokes. In the one above, she even gets a “working out” pun in there. Verdict? Intentionally hilarious.
America’s Next Top (actress turned) Model http://t.co/fV5TvS5VvI
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 16, 2013
Tyra hasn’t explored this relatively new social media phenomenon as much as others, but she did post one after Jennifer Lawrence’s famous Oscar fall. I would hope that Tyra intends holding a magazine up to her face and talking in a silly voice to be funny, so the verdict? Intentionally hilarious.
FRIDAY NIGHT! THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET BUCK WILD… JUST PULLED UP TO MY FAVORITE FROYO SPOT!
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) June 15, 2013
We should eat cake every single day. It’s always someone’s birthday, and it’s just straight rude to not celebrate!
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 17, 2013
These tweets don’t fit into any of the other categories, but they’re still hilarious. In this case, the general verdict is a unique one. I think Tyra wants to be funny, but we find it hilarious not because it’s witty or smart, but because it’s Tyra who’s saying it. So I’d say it’s intentionally funny, unintentionally hilarious.
I should also mention that Tyra often tweets very sincere, articulate messages in times of tragedy. She expressed her sadness over both the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston bombings. She’s got a great smize and a great heart.
While there’s no way we can know for certain, it looks like we’ve emerged from this exploration favoring the “intentionally hilarious” side. Like Lifetime, I’m inclined to believe that Tyra is in on the joke and loves to entertain us. And she does. But it’s still more fun to imagine her doing it without even realizing.