From supermodel to super mama! Tyra Banks has had quite the life, but it goes without saying that entering motherhood after she welcomed son York via surrogate with Erik Asla in January 2016 is her greatest accomplishment.
While Tyra first paid tribute to York on Instagram after he was born and on the first Valentine’s Day since she met her forever valentine, it’s the America’s Next Top Model host’s first Mother’s Day post that really got the waterworks going.
“I’m hearing, ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ and I can’t believe how lucky I am! Of all the fashionable hats I wear, I love being a #mother the most. #HappyMothersDay from me and my mama to all the wonderful women of the world!” Tyra captioned a photo in which she is holding York alongside her mom, Carolyn London.
Later that night, after all the excitement subsided, Tyra reflected on her special day. “As I lie in bed holding my precious bundle, I have to say that my first #MothersDay was pretty amazing. Hope your day was great, whether you’re a mama or not. Ok…nighty night,” she captioned a selfie of them cuddled up in bed.
Even though her job has pretty much always been to get photographed, it turns out Tyra initially didn’t want to share images of York on social media. In fact, once she only did to beat the paparazzi so they wouldn’t be able to sell the photos for money.
“It wasn’t so much that I was itching for the world to see him,” Tyra revealed on Late Night to host Seth Meyers in July 2017 about being out to a restaurant and getting swarmed with people trying to get a shot of York.
“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, a fashion photographer] 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,'” the Life-Size star recalled. “So, I posted the damn picture.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see Tyra’s cutest quotes about motherhood so far!
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