Had the TV on tonight while I was getting some work done. Heard something AMAZING. It mighta been an ad for her show, it mighta been a promo for a some Entertainment-Tonight style segment on neo-Oprah celebri-model Tyra Banks. It referred to her as a "Renaissance Woman".
Tyra Banks : Renaissance Woman.
Soak that in.
Before we proceed, I just want to clear the air here. I like Tyra Banks. She's been acting kinda mental lately, I'll concede that. Her penchant for spectacle and overly staged goofiness seems like a page out of the book of Tom Cruise. I see these things, they wound me just a little bit. I miss the Tyra of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She was beautiful, a little fiery, and had pretty good comedic timing. That Tyra had me hooked. Today's Tyra is a flake.
But back to the point at hand.
Have our standards really fallen so far? Here's what wikipedia has to say about Tyra:
Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American television personality, Daytime Emmy nominated, author, actress, singer, executive producer, talk show hostess, and retired supermodel   . She first emerged to prominence as a cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and one of the original Victoria's Secret Angels. She's best known as the hostess/judge of the reality television show America's Next Top Model, since its 2003 debut on UPN (later CW), and is currently hosting her own daytime talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. TIME magazine named her as one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2006.
Now, this is one successful lady. Can't argue that. She's done more with her lot than I have, that's for damn sure. But "Renaissance Woman"? I can barely get "Multi-Tasker" out of that. She has a career in media, she's a celebrity. She has worked hard within her field and has achieved success.
Let's consider the reference, "Renaissance Woman", and extension of the original, gender-biased title, "Renaissance Man". Once again, courtesy of Wikepedia(which redirects to polymath):
A polymath (Greek polymathēs, πολυμαθής, meaning "having learned much,"), Renaissance man or Homo universalis are common terms to describe a person well educated in a wide variety of subjects or fields in which he excells. Polymaths are also described as persons with encyclopaedic or broad or varied knowledge or learning.
The listing continues with:
A polymath can be a person who knows a lot about several fields of study or has an encyclopaedic knowledge, a person who has proficiency and competence in multiple fields, or even a person who has excelled in multiple fields.
The term Universal genius is also used, taking Leonardo da Vinci as a prime example. The term seems to be used especially when a Renaissance man has made historical or lasting contributions in at least one of the fields in which he was actively involved and when he had a universality of approach.
Leonardo da Vinci.
We all getting that? Leonardo da Vinci is the standard, the template for the Renaissance (wo)man. Leonardo da fucking Vinci.
Who were we just talking about? Oh right. TYRA FUCKING BANKS!
I guess in a society where we eat bullshit like the soundbite that started this little discussion without any kind of serious questioning, a citizen like Tyra Banks could perhaps qualify as a Universal Genius, because the rest of us are obviously retards. As long as we keep lowering the bar, we stand an actual chance of proving the copywriter of this particular nugget right.
She does have great tits though.