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Tyra proves 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'

09 September 2013, 17:08

New York - Tyra Banks proves her versatility as a model in her latest photo project.

As part of her contribution to New York Fashion Week, the supermodel tweeted photos of herself transformed into famous models Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne.

It forms part of project Tyra Banks: 15  - a project Tyra has been secretly working on for a year.

Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne

The project is in collaboration with fashion and art photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth and creative director Ty-Ron Mayes. Tyra will be posing as 15 other models, focusing on a specific trait or physical feature that defined their careers in the fashion industry.

"A trademark feature - a birthmark, gap, or a prominent brow - comes to symbolize a model's idenity, character, and brand in front of the camera or on the runway. [The team] of 15 have 'captured' the likeness of [Tyra's] colleagues to address the powerful nature of these well-known symbols, while reminding them that 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,'" according to Udo's website.

Intense transformation

All raw photos with no touch-ups

No digital remastering was used in the black-and-white photos, relying solely on make-up, photography, styling and the America's Next Top Model  host's ability to portray the energy of her colleagues, "tak[ing] the notion of 'black and white' beyond the portrayed models' varying ethnicity and a description of the photographs".

Cindy appears to love the imitation, sending Tyra love over Twitter:
Other models that will feature in the project include Linda Evangelista, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, Iman, Twiggy, Brooke Shields, Claudia Schiffer, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Grace Jones, Kate Upton and Karlie Kloss. The last photo to round off the number 15 will be Tyra emulating her 15-year-old self, which was when she started out in the modeling business.


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