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Tyra Mail: The Former Top Model Predicts Our Beauty Future

Ms. Banks has glimpsed our future and, if she's right, we're in for a wild ride

It's been a while since Tyra Banks traded in her Victoria's Secret wings for her executive producer hat and now, with an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business School grad is making sure everyone takes note of more than just her considerable good looks.

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In a column for the esteemed paper, Banks, 40, says, "In the future, beauty will mean looking different." Like any good student trying to make a point, she sets forth 10 concrete examples to prove her point that "traditional beauty will be less valuable -- and more uniqueness will be heralded." (Methinks someone cracked open the thesaurus.)

With prognostications ranging from "the popular hair texture of choice will be curly," to the outrageous "robot/avatar models with features that look totally different from everyday people will represent and sell products world-wide," Banks, whose credentials for crafting such a piece I'm not completely aware of, certainly touches on a few outlandish concepts.

Here's are my three favorites:

Plastic surgery will be as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for Tylenol. Emphasis will be on how unique and interesting one can look, as opposed to a cookie-cutter look. People will be vying for that cutting-edge, distinct look in the way that today's celebs reach for baby names that defy convention.

Global warming will threaten our crops so natural food will be scarce. Hourglass, curvy bodies will be the aspirational beauty standard, representing that those women have access to bounties of fulfilling yet healthy food, which means they are affluent.

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For those who choose not to go for plastic surgery, beauty ingestibles (active waters, etc.) will give instant, yet temporary results: contoured cheekbones, rosy cheeks, arched eyebrows. However, one must use them repeatedly to maintain results.

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