Late Night: Tyra Banks teaches Conan how to ‘smize’


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For all you aspiring Top Models out there, here’s some good news: You don’t need a Harvard degree to know how to ‘smize.’

Wednesday night, Tyra Banks delivered this egalitarian message on ‘Conan,’ where she taught host Conan O’Brien her signature move, the ‘smize.’ (For those of you who have never been sucked into the vortex of an ‘America’s Next Top Model’ marathon on Sunday afternoon, ‘smizing’ is smiling with your eyes.)


‘Think of something that makes you happy but not enough to make you smile with your lips,’ she began. ‘What is that item?’

‘Well, just being with you,’ O’Brien replied.

‘OK, put me inside...,’ Tyra demanded.

‘What’s that?’ he asked. ‘... This is really weird.’

After Trya demonstrated the smize -- while chanting her mantra, ‘I’m selling the magazine cover. ...I’m getting what I want ... because I am smizing’ -- O’Brien gave it a shot.

The results were more scary than sultry. As Andy Richter put it, ‘It looked more like a ‘Who farted?’ kind of face.’

After the lesson was over, Banks -- who’s clearly taking this whole thing way, way too far -- explained the mythological origins of the smize. That’s when things really did get weird.

‘A smize comes in the world’s waterways in Modelland. And if a girl finds one of these, it increases her chance of getting into Modelland, which is the land that creates supermodels that have superpowers, they’re called ‘intoxibellas,’’ she said.

Sensing O’Brien’s skepticism, she continued, ‘I know it sounds crazy, ‘cause it’s crazy fantasy adventure, so shut up. It’s crazy, and it’s supposed to be crazy.’


Has Tyra lost her marbles? Judge for yourself. (The smizing begins around the five-minute mark.)


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--Meredith Blake