Tyra Banks Addresses Weight Gain Issues

Los Angeles, CA - Supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks is addressing her rumored recent 40-pound weight gain.

The five-foot-ten, 161-pound Banks tells "People" magazine that tabloid reports and photos insinuating she had ballooned up have been "really hurtful" to her. She says that although her weight has fluctuated since she retired from modeling from 148 pounds to 162 pounds, she still feels hot.

Banks does admit that she feels some frustration when she puts "on the jeans that used to fit a year ago and don't fit now and give me the muffin top."

The "America's Next Top Model" and syndicated talk show host says she is glad when she receives mail from young girls saying, "you're not as skinny as everyone else, I think you're beautiful." Banks and The CW, which airs "Top Model," also deny rumors that the network ever pressured her to lose weight.