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Tyra Banks is a proud yet protective new mommy who has been adamant about keeping her son’s pictures off social media. So we the people were pleasantly delighted to see her shared a photo of her gorgeous 1-year-old son York on Father’s Day. But as it turns out, this wasn’t a decision she came to willingly.

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The America’s Next Top Model host stopped by Late Night With Seth Myers and explained what led her to post the pic.

“It wasn’t so much that I was itching for the world to see him. 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.’” Banks said.

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As they were the restaurant, Banks says she spotted paparazzi taking pictures. “I’m trying to hide him with a blanket. I pull over the gas station after they get the shot, I text his dad [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 explains. “The next day, there ain’t no paparazzi pictures, ’cause mama knew how to hide that camera. She’s a supermodel for a reason! And so now his picture is out there and I didn’t need it to be!”

When host Seth Meyers called out little York’s already impressive “smize,” Tyra swooped in to guarantee that it’s a natural ability. “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. Lord! But he has that thing. Look at him!”

Catch the full interview below.


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