Tyra Banks Admits Regret After Sharing First Photo Of Son York

The supermodel isn't exactly thrilled that she released the first photo of her son.

Appearing on Late Night on Thursday, July 27, 2017, Tyra Banks told host Seth Meyers that she hadn't originally planned on posting any pictures of her 16-month-old child, York Banks-Asla, but that all changed when the paparazzi got involved.

While Meyers admits that he decided to start sharing photos of his young son because it was "like, 'The world needs to see this little angel,'" Banks did it to make sure she was in control of the first photo shared with the public.

"It wasn't so much that I was itching for the world to see him," the 43-year-old began. "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. And he just was looking crazy—got slammed by waves, sand everywhere."

All went well, but when they were about to leave, Banks noticed that paparazzi were waiting, trying to snag the much-anticipated first-photo of the America's Next Top Model host's baby—and she did not want that to happen.

"I'm trying to hide him with a blanket. I pull over to the gas station after they get the shot, I text his dad [fashion photographer Erik Asla] 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 explained to Meyers.

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But it turns out, those darn photographers never even got a clear shot, and Banks' decision to share a photo of her son was all for naught. "The next day, there ain't no paparazzi pictures, 'cause mama knew how to hide that camera. She's a supermodel for a reason!" Banks said. "And so now his picture is out there and I didn't need it to be!"

Still, Banks has to admit that it's not so horrible having the public know about her son—after all, she's clearly passed down the modeling gene to him. When Meyers asked Banks about teaching York how to "smize"—smiling with your eyes, for those not in the know—she insisted that it's all him. "I am not a stage mom. I don't want you think that I'm saying, 'You ain't gonna get no peas and carrots if you don't smize!' He has that natural thing; I had it when I was young, too. But I do not want him to model," she said. "Lord! But he has that thing. Look at him! He's like, 'Hello! I'm smizing.'"

Just wait. We bet that kid will be modeling in no time. It's in his DNA.