Tyra finds coverage appalling

Talk show hostess and supermodel, Tyra Banks, was appalled when she read the mean-spirited coverage regarding her recent weight gain in the tabloid media.

The 33-year-old was enjoying a holiday in Australia when she was photographed in a bathing suit on the beach with a fuller frame.

She tells American publication People: "It was such a strange meanness and rejoicing that people had."

Banks says the photos were taken from an unflattering angle and that the catty coverage might harm her fans.

She says: "I get so much mail from young girls who say, 'I look up to you ... I think you're beautiful'. So when they say my body is 'disgusting', what does that make those girls feel like?"

Banks has put on 13,6kg since her modelling career began and now weighs a healthy 73kg. - Wenn