Tyra Banks may know *exactly* what to do on the runway, but she’s still figuring it all out when it comes to being a parent in the public eye. The supermodel became a mommy in January of last year via surrogate, but for more than a year, we had no idea what her little tyke looked like. While she eventually opted to share a shot of her 18-month-old son, York Banks Asla, the 43-year-old says it didn’t exactly go according to plan.
“It wasn’t so much that I was itching for the world to see him,” she explained on Late Night With Seth Meyers this Thursday. Instead, she says she felt the need to share a pic of her son before the paparazzi got a chance to do so.
The decision was one Banks made on the fly after being spotted by photogs while she and York were returning from a Father’s Day outing with his dad, photographer Erik Asla, and Banks’ own father. “I’m trying to hide him with a blanket,” she recalls. “I pull over to the gas station after they get the shot, I text his dad, and I’m like, ‘I’ve got to put this picture out before the paparazzi. I don’t want them to make money off of our child and have the first picture… I’ve gotta beat them to the punch. So, I post the damn picture.”
Her plan worked a little too well, however: As Banks said, “The next day, there ain’t no paparazzi pictures, ’cause mama knew how to hide [him from] that camera! She’s a supermodel for a reason! And so now his picture is out there and I didn’t need it to be!”
OOF! While she may not have been fully ready to share little York with the world, we’re glad the incident gave us the shot in question: He’s absolutely darling!
Watch her interview in full below.
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(h/t Refinery29; photo via Cindy Ord/Getty)