Tyra Banks is loving motherhood, but unlike most bragging parents, Banks never felt the need to flaunt her kid on Instagram — until one day in particular.
Banks stopped by Late Night on Thursday and opened up about being a mom to York, whom she shares with fashion photographer, Erik Asla.
During her candid chat with host, Seth Meyers, the mother of one talked about posting her kid’s photo after a full year of his existence. “Congratulations!” Seth said. “You made it longer than I did. I had the plan not to.”
Banks responded by recalling what exactly went down the day she finally showed a photo of her little boy.
“It wasn’t so much that I was itching for the world to see him. I went to a restaurant for Father’s Day with my son and my dad. It was by the ocean and my son was, ‘Awa! Awa! Awa!’ Water. And so I was like, ‘OK, you’re going to get in the water for the first time.’ I slathered him with sunscreen; he was looking purple, ’cause he’s black, so when we put on sunscreen we look purple,” Banks said. “And he just was looking crazy—got slammed by waves, sand everywhere.”
“We’re leaving and there’s paparazzi everywhere. I’m trying to hide him with a blanket. I pull over 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 our child and have the first picture.’ So I posted the damn picture,” she recalled. “The next day, there ain’t no paparazzi pictures, ’cause mama knew how to hide 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!”
That photo she speaks of is the adorable visual of the blue eyed cutie staring down the camera. “To all the amazing daddies out there that love their kids unconditionally like my mommy’s daddy and my daddy, too…HAPPY FATHER’S DAY,” she captioned the sweet pic.