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Tyra Banks | Talking Your Tech
Tyra Banks | Talking Your Tech: Tyra Banks | Talking Your Tech
Todd Plitt / USA TODAY

Supermodel Tyra Banks, host of CW’s America’s Next Top Model, has an app based on a show catchphrase. Smize Yourself! ($1.99) creates a photo with smiling eyes.

How it works. Find good lighting, look into the lens of the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and think about “something that’s luscious.” As it clicks, “I’m ... telling you how fierce you are,” she says. The photo accentuates cheek bones and eyes and creates a heart-shaped face.

Top apps. She programs the iPhone weather app to see what the temperature is in New York; Los Angeles; Orlando; Santa Fe; Marrakesh, Morocco; and Hong Kong. She plays the 99-cent game app based on the Wreck-It Ralph movie and views photos on the free Fotopedia Heritage app.

Social media. Banks has more than 11 million social-media followers. “When I answer people, they’re like, ‘Dang, you’re one of the only public figures who answers.’”

Then there are the photo apps. “I’m obsessed by Instagram,” says Banks of the world’s most popular photo app. “Sometimes, I’ll use four or five different photo apps on one photo just to get it where I want it to be.” Favorites beyond Instagram include Snapseed, PhotoToaster Jr. and Pixlr-o-matic, which are all free. “I just go layer after layer.”

Jefferson Graham’s column Talking Your Tech runs in USA TODAY.

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