Banks, who stars in Karen Millen's ICONS campaign, opens up about how she hopes to celebrate — and whether she'll get plastic surgery one day
As Tyra Banks approaches her 50th birthday in December, she's not only embracing the milestone year — but leaning into it.
"I look in the mirror and I don't feel 50," Banks, 49, who is starring in designer Karen Millen's latest ICONS campaign, tells PEOPLE. "I think 50 is the new 30s."
She continues, "When I look in the mirror, I don't see it. I have not had age plastic surgery stuff. Not against it. I just haven't had it yet. Maybe I'll need a little something something — I am 50 even though I'm not [yet]. But I'm not insecure about it."
The model-turned-entrepreneur has even started to use 50 to her advantage.
"I keep saying I'm 50, even though I'm not, as an excuse. When people ask me I say, 'I ain't doing that — I'm 50,'" she jokes. "Or, 'I'm just going to tell you what I think, because I'm 50.'"
As for her birthday plans, Banks would prefer spending time with her family (including son York, 7) over a big blowout.
"My man, he wanted to throw this huge 50 year old birthday for me and I kind of found out about it," says Banks, who's reportedly dating businessman Louis Bélanger-Martin. "I let him know, I have no desire to do that. I just want to go to Disneyland with the family."
These days, Banks only takes on a modeling gig when it feels right — as her main focus is on launching her ice cream company, SMiZE & DREAM. But getting in front of the camera for Karen Millen was a no-brainer.
"I don't have the body I used to have when I was on runways, and so to have these clothes fit me like this ... it's rare to have a tailored piece look good on curves," Banks says on the set of her shoot for the campaign.
She adds, "I feel empowered. Sometimes I'll go to a photo shoot and I'll be like, 'This stuff ain't going fit me. It ain't going to fit right.' I'm going to have to do all these tricks and stuff. But I feel proud to have these clothes and that they look so good."
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