A sudden growth spurt left her tall and gawky, and her classmates gave her cruel nicknames such as "Giraffe" and "Lightbulb Head." "I went from being the popular girl who looked normal, to being considered a freak," Banks remembers.Nevertheless, Banks says that the teasing and abuse taught her the importance of kindness. Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”“I went from being the popular girl who looked normal, to being considered a freak.Her father, Don Banks, was a computer consultant and her mother, Carolyn, was a medical photographer.Banks welcomed York Banks Asla — Daddy is her boyfriend, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla — on her Instagram two weeks ago with a picture of a knit baby cap. The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here.He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin."I stayed with Mommy on the weekdays and Daddy on the weekends. Double the presents, double the love." Banks says that she developed a love for food—and not always healthy food—from a very young age, devouring fried chicken, candied yams and pork chops at family gatherings.
York, Daddy @erikasla and I send you so much love," she captioned the picture she posted Sunday of herself, looking fabulous in a richly patterned head scarf, with her baby on her chest and most of his face hidden.She developed healthier habits, too, and began working out with her mother's exercise group at the age of 6.After her grandmother passed away from lung cancer, Banks also vowed never to smoke.But there was a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel for me and his father, Erik.” “As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day,” she continued.“My hopes and dreams are filled with The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here.