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Megan Thee Stallion Chats With Tyra Banks In A Hot Tub During Sports Illustrated Interview

Megan then discussed how she came to the realization that she wanted to be a rapper and why she waited until the age of 18 to inform her mother about her career aspirations.

“I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, but I know I want to entertain everybody. I like to see people smile genuinely. I like to see people having a good time. When I finally figured out. What I wanted to do I had figured, I want to rap because my mom was a rapper,” Megan said. 

“She didn’t know I wanted to be a rapper. I would literally watch her be in the studio all day and I’m like this lady is just everything,” she said. “I didn’t want to tell her that I could rap until I was like 18 because I wanted to be perfect to her.” 

After two years and several solo studio sessions, the rapper finally had the confidence to perform for her mother.

Banks also asked Megan if there was ever a time, she was insecure about her looks. 

“When I’d have to go to school, to dance practice, it’s like I’m not even looking at the fact that anybody’s different than me, but when girls would start calling it out ‘oh you’re so tall’…it started to become something that was on my mind,” Megan recounted.

“My family always made me feel really good about myself, so it was hard for someone to project their insecurities on me. So, I come in a room like I own it and I’m hovering over all y’all,” she continued. “So, it has to be kind of scary.”

Later in the interview, Banks taught Megan how to smile with her eyes, also known as Banks’ signature modeling technique called the “Smize.”

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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.


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